Boss

Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. What separates Boss from any cynical cashing-in critiques is that the Markers went above and beyond to actually create an album that nearly contradicts their constructed identity.
  2. It rather gorgeously hums low and disturbing, hiding in the grass like some kind of jungle cat.
  3. The Markers strip away the most abrasive parts of their previous work, add just the right amount of melodies and structure, and somehow maintain the free-flowing, experimental heart of their music. It's not much of a stretch to say that the results are something of a revelation.
  4. Most surprising here, though, is Nolan and Ambrogio’s wildly successful approach of ballad forms.
  5. The Wire
    80
    Boss, Magik Markers' most straightforward set of rock songs, is still rife with a liberating freedom. [Oct 2007, p.62]
  6. Uncut
    80
    The Connecticut pair's third album taps into the best qualities of alternative music, circa 1988. [Oct 2007, p.99]
  7. Under The Radar
    80
    Boss completely succeeds in channeling their blues-based noise rock to tape. [Fall 2007, p.82]
  8. 76
    Magik Markers stand out from the crowd of Sonic Youth conscripts by delivering an album that marbles its clang with sweet spots.
  9. There's definitely something new going on, and most of it comes from the seductive voice and lyrics of Ambrogio.
  10. None of these songs truly sound fully-formed, able and confident, but all of them have their "moments," and some of them do come crashing down like a tidal wave of yearbook memories
  11. If Hartford, Connecticut's Magik Markers has built its reputation as a feverish live act, Boss wrangles all that frantic upheaval into a surprisingly tuneful and, yes, utterly ragged set of songs.
  12. But beyond these select numbers ['Empty Bottles,' 'Taste' and 'Bad Dream/Hartford’s Beat Suite'] we essentially get several takes on the same fuzz, inflating a Stooges balloon with Patti Smith’s intonation and hoping that shit don’t pop.
User Score
9.0

Universal acclaim- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. THEAESTHETIST
    Oct 15, 2007
    9
    After hearing what Magik Markers had to offer before this Lee Renaldo produced beauty you might ask yourself what the hell happened??? But After hearing what Magik Markers had to offer before this Lee Renaldo produced beauty you might ask yourself what the hell happened??? But just as the painter can shift styles with the splatter of some paint, bands can and will do the same with exposure to the crowds while touring with big names such as Sonic Youth and playing at music festivals like the No Fun Fest in Brooklyn. MM have definitely found their groove and the people are getting into it like blood splattered dreams in the brain. Can't wait to hear what's next! Full Review »