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. 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.
  5. Tinnitus never sounded so good. [3 Sep 2005, p.74]
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Black Dice doesn‚t shy away from risks, and this record is just as daring as Beaches and Canyons or Creature Comforts.
  9. 70
    This glorious racket... has a beating, hideous heart to it. [Oct 2005, p.76]
  10. 70
    There are magical, creepy moments here. [Nov 2005, p.131]
  11. For noisenicks, this is your makeout music. [#11, p.109]
  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.
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.