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Universal acclaim - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 0 out of 9
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  1. Jan 10, 2012
    80
    It's an enjoyable look back at one of the main players during an interesting era of American indie rock.
  2. Uncut
    Feb 21, 2012
    100
    Every track is a precision-tooled triumph. [Mar 2012, p.81]
  3. Mojo
    Feb 27, 2012
    80
    With the flawless Umber at its core, Bitch Magnet is final proof, if Jon Fine needs it, that his band have escaped the historical side streets of title, genre and geography, motoring out into the vast plains of Great American Albums. [Mar 2012, p.109]
  4. Jan 12, 2012
    80
    Their half-formed debut EP is redeemed by a previously unreleased follow-up session. The LPs Ben Hur and Umber still stun.
  5. Feb 14, 2012
    80
    Perhaps one of the greatest, and certainly most underappreciated, post-hardcore rock groups of all time.
  6. Jan 10, 2012
    91
    no amount of remastering, as excellent and long overdue as it is, can supersede the murky, mumbling majesty of songs like Star Booty's "Carnation" or the cock-rock deconstruction of Umber's "Goat-Legged Country God."
  7. 90
    The service Temporary Residence Limited have done in making these nearly lost classics available again is downright admirable, turning out a set that's a must-have for post-rock fans.
  8. Feb 6, 2012
    90
    It's a fantastic body of work, as vital and fresh-sounding now as it was when first released.
  9. Jan 10, 2012
    90
    This collection should be as essential to your listening rotation as your favorite album from any of the bands who continually drank from the unique brand of introspective intensity pioneered by these unsung heroes of indie rock's mean season.

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