Bruiser - The Duke Spirit
Metascore
66

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. 80
    It's almost fate that they've chosen to reveal themselves to me with what is their best work to date, and also one of the most remarkable albums of this year.
  2. Sep 28, 2011
    80
    The London quintet have raised their game, with something a whole lot more classy, salvaging them from the landfill indie chute.
  3. Dec 1, 2011
    70
    Mixing classic rampant riffs and exploring newer matured sounds, Moss and Co. have crafted another hearty album that should satisfy even the hungriest of followers.
  4. Nov 23, 2011
    70
    Despite having many strong songs and a more focused approach, the Duke Spirit's third album is also their most uneven.
  5. 70
    Maybe they're just too solid, too classic, too... lacking in danger, but Bruiser proves they're still putting up a hell of a fight.
  6. 70
    There is plenty here to admire, leaving the feeling that this is an album to grow to love.
  7. Oct 26, 2011
    65
    If Bruiser's more straightforward rock turns mostly disappoint (one notable exception: the late-game adrenaline shot "Everybody's Under Your Spell"), the album does find the band showcasing its dynamic range in new and intriguing ways.
  8. Jan 13, 2012
    60
    Bruiser is an entrancing album from start to finish and a promising peek into what The Duke Spirit's future holds.
  9. Dec 14, 2011
    60
    Bruiser is at its best when its tempos are insistent. [Apr 2011, p.114]
  10. Sep 28, 2011
    60
    The Duke Spirit still sound like The Duke Spirit.
  11. Sep 28, 2011
    60
    It's certainly not a bad album, and pleasing enough while it plays, but it has no standout moment that demands further listening.
  12. Nov 29, 2011
    50
    As it is, Bruiser is an album with some promise, but not much.

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