Castle Talk - Screaming Females
Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. The album is full of this kind of mish-mash, but it never feels forced or too clever. In fact, it's the apparent lack of thought that makes the whole thing work.
  2. Dec 22, 2010
    85
    It's really hard not to get excited about this. Perhaps the bar just gets raised as I get less and less surprised by your typical garden-variety rock, but this sounds like a band hitting their stride and bashing out a great record.
  3. Jan 5, 2011
    83
    Her solos are occasionally undone by Castle Talk's thin, untreated production-but a record that could so convincingly slip into the back catalog of SST or Kill Rock Stars shouldn't sound state-of-the-art anyway.
  4. 80
    The rhythm section no longer plays the shadows either, blurting out Black Flag–circa-'81 bluster as a deceptively simple assist for their leader's colorful wheedle and strident wail.
  5. Castle Talk is their Born To Run, scrappy and brimming with flashes of greatness; it's the album that could very well launch them into a lasting place in the indie rock canon.
  6. Dec 22, 2010
    79
    Rather than muzzle their ferocity, the band's tight, tense dynamic amplifies the fuck-off stridency of their fourth LP, Castle Talk.
  7. Dec 21, 2010
    70
    Taken as a whole, Castle Talk is leaps and bounds ahead of any other Screaming Females album. Take the album track by track, however, and you'll notice the very few tracks that just fall flat on their face.
  8. Their latest, Castle Talk, isn't a staggering improvement on that front. It feels--and, in its middle section even more than on Power Move--not so much a cohesive, self-contained album as a collection of Screaming Females songs that will sound very good live.
  9. Screaming Females do not get me because I'm not surprised by them. I enjoy Castle Talk, but it's academic.
  10. Castle Talk's best moments are reminiscent of the products of the '80s underground scene, when bands like the Minutemen and Dinosaur Jr. made music that was too raw and energetic not to be punk, but rejected the amateurish orthodoxy that plagued so much of the genre. Screaming Females accomplish something similar.
  11. Screaming Females are too talented for Castle Talk to be anything but a solid album. But "solid" is a word I never wanted to use for Screaming Females.
  12. 60
    "Normal" offers the most accessible punk foot-tapper that races past but leaves you wanting more. [Nov 2010, p.97]
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  1. Oct 28, 2010
    9
    One of the best releases of the year! Check out their other releases, "Power Move," and "What If Someone is Watching their T.V.?" Engaging punk band that never disappoints. Full Review »