At Crystal Palace - Erase Errata

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. 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.
  2. There's not passion, or spite, or fever, or anything exactly. I'm not sure what to feel when listening to it.
  3. 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.
  4. 40
    They're a little short on the kind of tunefulness necessary to make these chorus-less songs stand out. [Dec 2003, p.112]
  5. EE utterly destroy the music that inspired them as surely as they reinvent it from top to bottom.
  6. 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.
  7. 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]
  8. 91
    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]
  9. 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.
  10. 70
    Urgent, atonal post-punk. [Nov 2003, p.113]
  11. Stands as a monument to punk rock action at its most intelligent. [#236, p.60]
  12. This record finds a band scaling the heights of their precise craft in a way that gives upward mobility a good name.
  13. Beneath all the off-kilter catchiness, quirkiness and aggression lies little of substance.

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