Bed & Bugs

  • Record Label: Sub Pop
  • Release Date: Sep 10, 2013

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
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  1. Sep 10, 2013
    With one foot in the garage and one halfway out the door, the record instead finds the band hitting upon a happy medium.
  2. Magnet
    Sep 19, 2013
    After the mid-morning tide, recedes, the quartet repairs to its combination autobody shop/barbeque hotspot for beer-battered everything as the Wipers, Dick Dale, Burning Brides and crankshafts spin in the background. [No. 102, p.59]
  3. Sep 10, 2013
    Bed & Bugs finds one of America's mightiest, smartest rock bands playing at peak power, challenging themselves and conveying the ragged glory of camaraderie.
  4. Sep 10, 2013
    Solid performances and a vision beyond the obvious equate to an album that makes more sense than it should and one that pulls immediate gratification out of unexpected places.
  5. Sep 10, 2013
    Bed & Bugs is uneven, bewildering and about four songs too long--but I don’t think these dudes would have it any other way.
  6. Classic Rock Magazine
    Oct 23, 2013
    What they lack in scope is more than made up for by the physicality of their attack, chopping out jagged chords and rank fumes of garage-y noise. [Sep 2013, p.89]
  7. Uncut
    Oct 10, 2013
    There's the sense that primarily, they're out to please themselves, but that's of little issue when the result is a string of three-minute knee-tremblers played with excellent chops and plenty of gusto. [Nov 2013, p.76]
  8. Alternative Press
    Sep 10, 2013
    This is a band in complete control of ts creative vision, and the result is a sharp, confident album. [Oct 2013, p.88]
  9. 70
    Mainman Rick Froberg might be midway through his fifth decade, but he and his cohorts can still make one hell of a racket.
  10. Sep 10, 2013
    It’s easily the most-realized project from the guitar-wielding freewheelers, shy in the right spots but also unafraid of boogieing down in a dive bar.
  11. Sep 10, 2013
    The album’s relative drop in quality towards the second half is a minor quibble though. Obits have long since made their point.
  12. Under The Radar
    Dec 4, 2013
    The crew [is] doing just what they do: amped-up, straight-up rock & roll served raw, with churning guitars framing a tight rhythm section and Vocalist/guitarist Rick Froberg mercilessly beating up his voice box. [Nov-Dec 2013, p.97]
  13. Kerrang!
    Oct 29, 2013
    Bed & Bugs is an erratic and abrasive effort that'll delight those who prefer their rock to wander without a map. [21 Sep 2013, p.54]
  14. Sep 20, 2013
    Obits are good at what they do, especially with the volume pumped up loud, but on the whole I think I’d rather just give Kick Out the Jams one more spin.
  15. Mojo
    Sep 19, 2013
    [Obits] sound ever more like a desiccated AC/DC. [Oct 2013, p.98]

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