At Crystal Palace


Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Spin
    They clearly prize improvisation and spontaneity; the songs always sound like they were written this morning, refined over lunch, and recorded in time for happy hour. [Jan 2004, p.103]
  2. The Wire
    Stands as a monument to punk rock action at its most intelligent. [#236, p.60]
  3. Erase Errata knows the ways of economy in both senses of the term, and though it fits neatly into the rash of albums helping punk get its groove back, At Crystal Palace casts a long shadow during its 27-minute seethe.
  4. At Crystal Palace's compressed complexity makes it a more consistent album, as well as proof that the band shows no signs of slowing down or mellowing out anytime soon.
  5. There's plenty of Minutemen twitch, Dog Faced Herman tick, Bikini Kill bossiness, and a cleverly wrapped polemic that even recalls the Desperate Bicycles' delicious DIY rhetoric.
  6. EE utterly destroy the music that inspired them as surely as they reinvent it from top to bottom.
  7. Blender
    Urgent, atonal post-punk. [Nov 2003, p.113]
  8. This record finds a band scaling the heights of their precise craft in a way that gives upward mobility a good name.
  9. There's not passion, or spite, or fever, or anything exactly. I'm not sure what to feel when listening to it.
  10. While I enjoy Erase Errata’s new album, At Crystal Palace, in the larger, more convoluted scheme of things, I am not sure if I am truly impressed.
  11. Beneath all the off-kilter catchiness, quirkiness and aggression lies little of substance.
  12. Under The Radar
    For all the unchecked tension and messiness that At Crystal Palace goes for, all it hits is a derivative, occasionally exciting sound that's disposable at best and ingratiating at its worst. [#5, p.112]
  13. Mojo
    They're a little short on the kind of tunefulness necessary to make these chorus-less songs stand out. [Dec 2003, p.112]
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  1. lareine
    Nov 19, 2003
    wicked good!!!