Broken Ear Record - Black Dice

Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. It's the best post-retro, pre-futurist, avant-antiquarian psychedelia of 2005. [Nov 2005, p.226]
  2. The goal here is a noise-dance album, and they succeed admirably.
  3. It's flighty, frustrating, and at times a little frigid, but intelligent and never lacking in momentum.
  4. Tinnitus never sounded so good. [3 Sep 2005, p.74]
  5. It's less glossy than either of its full-length predecessors... and in addition to a bit of grit there is a stronger rhythmic center to what is happening here as well.
  6. Broken Ear Record... seems to embrace a certain sense of pop influence, albeit far beneath the manic din of sonic exploration for which the band is known.
  7. Broken Ear Record is a jittering jumble of giddy good times, slow rolling drone tones, fuzzy orange phasers, and disjointed jalopy junk beats. It is sound for the sake of sound, relieved of any expectation and allowed to roll around about and in the ears as freely as the pulse it projects.
  8. For noisenicks, this is your makeout music. [#11, p.109]
  9. 70
    There are magical, creepy moments here. [Nov 2005, p.131]
  10. 70
    This glorious racket... has a beating, hideous heart to it. [Oct 2005, p.76]
  11. Black Dice doesn‚t shy away from risks, and this record is just as daring as Beaches and Canyons or Creature Comforts.
  12. Although music lovers who normally don’t appreciate experimental noise will find some things of interest here, this is really an album for people who dig material a bit more avant-garde.
  13. This is a record that brattily demands total attention, and as such, will either be lauded as a bold journey, or derided as pretentious indulgence.
  14. 60
    The success rate is variable. [Oct 2005, p.94]
  15. Still as irksome and tuneless as ever.
  16. Broken Ear is limited and bogged down with its exacting and overriding sense of rhythm and lack of true sonic experimentation.
  17. Although the group's previous outings routinely got bogged down in forced experimentalism, Broken Ear Record at least keeps the pace sufficiently frantic, which allows us to excuse some (if not all) of its more self-indulgent moments.
  18. Too much... is just art for art's sake. [Oct 2005, p.121]
  19. Where Beaches blended human touch and electricity to create heart-stopping climaxes and an air of constant expectancy, Broken Ear attempts a streamlined repetition of the formula with much more emphasis on the electricity, and the whole does not equal the sum of the parts.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. SeanT
    Dec 11, 2005
    excellent sounds that i have never heard before.
  2. NickM
    Sep 16, 2005
    My favorite album of 2005 so far.
  3. WalterE
    Sep 14, 2005
    Fucking good, anyway.