Bakesale [Deluxe Edition]

  • Record Label: Sub Pop
  • Release Date: Jun 14, 2011
Metascore
86

Universal acclaim - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 0 out of 16
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  1. Aug 3, 2011
    70
    Bakesale's consistency allows it to work tremendously well as a beginning-to-end album.
  2. Jul 28, 2011
    67
    Phantasmagoric extras time out at an hour's worth of EPs, singles, and demos.
  3. Jul 6, 2011
    90
    What can't be denied, however, is that the album easily deserves its place in the hearts of those who admire fellow fuzzy-edged slackers Superchunk, Pavement and Guided by Voices as much as those new to the game, who'll find echoes of the band's sound fizzling through modern-day collegiate grungesters like Milk Music or Gun Outfit.
  4. 75
    Compared to 1996's Harmacy, Barlow's maudlin tendencies are relatively reined in throughout Bakesale's 15 straightforward rockers.
  5. Jul 6, 2011
    91
    It's a chance to marvel at the record's sturdiness in spite of its sonic adherence to an extremely specific time in music history.
  6. Jul 6, 2011
    80
    As inconvenient as it may be, even if you already own this album it is well worth purchasing once again in its new form, if, of course, you can afford the ostentatious extravagance of buying the same Nineties lo-fi record twice within the same lifetime.
  7. Jul 6, 2011
    70
    Bakesale was the catchy, coherent 1994 breakthrough--a missing link between Nick Drake and Sonic Youth.
  8. Jul 6, 2011
    85
    Bakesale add-ons will mostly be of value to those who loved Sebadoh's first few years of all-over-the-place wildness, but it's not as if their second-disc inclusion can dull the parent album's punch.
  9. Jul 6, 2011
    90
    There's an amusing irony that one of Sebadoh's most straightforward and tuneful albums is accompanied by an hour's worth of the sort of indulgent four-track murk Sebadoh seemed to be actively moving past, though as such things go, there's plenty of adventurous lo-fi sound collage to be found, as well as some prime examples of Barlow staring down his neuroses.
  10. Jul 6, 2011
    90
    Of its kind, Bakesale is a classic, and well worth reappraising.
  11. 90
    At this point in their career, Loewenstein and Barlow had found the perfect balance between their creative powers, and it shows quite brightly on Bakesale. To that end, any amount of extra proof that Sebadoh can dig up to prove that point should be welcomed happily.
  12. Jul 6, 2011
    80
    Barlow's new approach made for one of the best indie-rock albums in a year full of stellar ones--and Sebadoh's greatest work.
  13. Jul 6, 2011
    90
    For ardent followers of the '90s American underground, it is a near-essential purchase.
  14. Jul 6, 2011
    90
    The beautifully (which is to say, lightly) remastered album, and the warts 'n all bonus disc shows us just how good of a band Sebadoh were, and why they became far more than just the band Barlow started after he left Dinosaur Jr.
  15. Q Magazine
    Aug 24, 2011
    80
    It makes a great introduction to an oft-overlooked band. [May 2011, p.133]
  16. Uncut
    Jul 28, 2011
    80
    A 25-track bonus disc of rarities makes this a feast for Barlow heads. [May 2011, p.94]
User Score
8.1

Universal acclaim- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Jul 13, 2011
    10
    My personal favorite Sebadoh album. This is the one album I suggest that people start with: it's easily their most accessible and polishedMy personal favorite Sebadoh album. This is the one album I suggest that people start with: it's easily their most accessible and polished effort. This reissue tacks on an extra disc of bonus material culled from the Bakesale era singles, demos and so on. As such, the bonus material is mainly for long-time fans. Newer fans would do well sticking with the proper album. The bonus disc is completely different from the proper album because it contains some very noisy material. It's a good juxtaposition to the polish of the proper album. However, the Rebound single, their best single in my opinion, is included and contains some great acoustic renderings of some Bakesale songs plus Social Medicine (a great b-side). Full Review »