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  • Summary: Recorded by Steve Albini, this is the first album without cofounder G. W. Sok, who left the Dutch experimental punk band in 2009 to pursue other interests.
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
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  1. Jan 27, 2011
    80
    This album fits into the venerable history of The Ex and will make you want to dig out the old albums, too. History, as the band told us back in 1982, is what's happening now.
  2. 80
    It's got hooks and noise, songs to dance to and songs for fighting. The lineup change isn't the cause of this, though; instead, it's just further proof that Moor, Bornefeld, and Hessels were just as important and powerful as Sok in the band's mixture.
  3. Jan 27, 2011
    80
    Continually developing and evolving, the Ex sound as vibrant as ever, and Catch My Shoe has an enviably timeless feel.
  4. Jan 27, 2011
    70
    Catch My Shoe certainly isn't the work of a band that has lost a step, even with the exit of a crucial member, though de Boer's presence does subtly but perceptibly tweak the Ex's tried-and-true formula.
  5. 70
    This quartet's latest work still bellows in and out with the urgency of a boxer's lungs, and new singer Arnold de Boer maintains a strident edge while adding a barely perceptible undercurrent of lightness. Missing is the low end. [Feb 2011, p.87]
  6. Mar 11, 2011
    67
    Catch My Shoe shares some 21st century dissent with new albums from Wire and Gang of Four, but the Ex's continual flow of ideas and collaborations has kept its members in forward motion, where their UK counterparts are coming back to the fire after smelling the smoke.
  7. Jan 27, 2011
    58
    The Ex has always absorbed the flavor of whatever it's paired with-and de Boer is mostly flavorless. His hiccupping, singsong vocals try to operate on the same level as Sok's raspy, poetic chants, but the result is tentative and forceless.

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  1. Feb 22, 2011
    9
    Music that matters. Brilliant and powerful. I don't think I need to say more than that, but for the 150 words minimum limit I'll keep rambling.......