After the End

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  • Summary: Self-recorded and produced, the latest release from the now five-piece band led by Carson Cox is its first with its two new members: Chris Horn and Elsner Nino.
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  1. 90
    It's clever, brave and seamless enough to become a classic.
  2. 83
    Part of the success of After the End lies in its seamless and smart sequencing.
  3. Aug 27, 2014
    80
    While there's a definite chance that some of their established fans might be turned off, if you stick with it you'll start to see glimmers (as on final track "Exile and Ego") that Merchandise--much like The National when they released Boxer--are a band standing on the precipice of arena-filling stardom.
  4. Uncut
    Aug 19, 2014
    70
    They're immersed in keyboard-assisted '80s pop and brooding white soul, with overtones of New Order and Lloyd Cole, while XCox's Morrissey-like vocals again underscore their love of The Smiths. [Sep 2014, p.75]
  5. Aug 28, 2014
    70
    An album this guileless is bound to be polarizing, for the very fact that it resolutely resists the urge to provoke.
  6. Aug 27, 2014
    70
    Though their unwavering embrace of pop on this record might seem antagonistic in and of itself, they still manage to sound convincingly earnest and (for the first time) fun.
  7. Aug 25, 2014
    40
    It's the marginal elements--the filtered fade-outs, the incongruous sci-fi bleeping between tracks--that suggest a more interesting band struggling to emerge.

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