Universal acclaim - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
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  1. Mar 15, 2012
    This John Dwyer-led, San Francisco collective's jagged psych-punk has always been ear catching, but this ups the ante.
  2. Dec 7, 2011
    Carrion Crawler/The Dream captures the band in psychedelic bulldozer mode instead, delivering ten blistering cuts at a furious pace.
  3. Nov 29, 2011
    The music is equally scattered, slapdash, and frantic. It's also brilliant.
  4. Nov 22, 2011
    Carrion Crawler/The Dream could very well be born from a desire to please crowds as easily as it could be Dwyer wanting to craft jams as musical meditation.
  5. Nov 22, 2011
    Short blasts of distortion leave their mark throughout the album, guitar tones evoking the image of exploding paint cans in a mid-size room, adding to the unruly spirit of the band's albums and live sets.
  6. The album takes a while to get going and figure out what it wants to do, but diving into Thee Oh Sees' world reveals one of their better efforts yet.
  7. Nov 17, 2011
    A well-crafted doorway into Thee Oh Sees' lovely DIY funhouse, and leave your rock 'n' roll expectations at the giant lips-shaped entrance.
  8. Nov 16, 2011
    Although it would break the needle on the bizarre meter for a more conventional band, Carrion Crawler/The Dream is a pretty straightforward release in the world of Thee Oh Sees.
  9. Nov 16, 2011
    Diehards and newbies alike will revel in its weird, wild well-roundedness.
  10. 80
    The band have created an effort that digs its way into the listener's ears through an honest approach.
  11. Nov 16, 2011
    Mission deliciously accomplished, sir.
  12. Uncut
    Nov 23, 2011
    This is a colorful mix of styles, filled with feedback, mangled solos and manic vocals, and rocking like The Cramps on a good night. [Dec 2011, p.100]

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User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Sep 14, 2013
    Never lets you settle, rarely are 2 tracks in succession similar to one another. The Austin chronicle called it "Jagged Psych-Punk" and whilstNever lets you settle, rarely are 2 tracks in succession similar to one another. The Austin chronicle called it "Jagged Psych-Punk" and whilst I usually hate people coining their own terms for music, that is a spot-on description of ultra-prolific Thee Oh Sees' music. Definitely worth a purchase, as with all of their albums. Full Review »