• Record Label: Matador
  • Release Date: Mar 5, 2013
Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 32
  2. Negative: 1 out of 32
  1. Mar 13, 2013
    89
    Closing with the SST stomp of "Lips," summery strumming "Frank O'Hara Hit," and the smudged punk of "Communist Eyes," CLM never amounts to a full state of the union. Settle instead for a New York state of mind.
  2. For better or worse, and it's both, this is kind of what you'd figure sort of: a Sonic Youth record dominated by that band's most important member.
  3. 80
    As a whole this album evokes plenty of 80’s punk/hardcore styles, sex, drugs and rock and roll anthems and the always-welcomed unexpectedness that Moore seems to always supply us with.
  4. Apr 16, 2013
    80
    Chelsea Light Moving finds Moore in renaissance mode. And it's pretty goddamn great, even if one might occasionally yearn for a Lee Ranaldo squall or Gordon vocal coo-roar up around the next bend. [No. 97, p.54]
  5. Apr 5, 2013
    80
    Chelsea Light Moving's debut is fantastic. [2 Mar 2013, p.51]
  6. Mar 11, 2013
    80
    They may be too post-modern for some tastes, but Thurston Moore has his sonic menace back. [Apr 2013, p.97]
  7. Mar 11, 2013
    80
    Regardless of the catalyst, Chelsea Light Moving is an entirely successful test of Moore’s post-breakup mettle.
  8. Mar 7, 2013
    80
    Chelsea Light Moving's sound and fury certainly thrill. [Apr 2013, p.88]
  9. 80
    Moore could have easily shifted gears and made a clean break from his storied noise rock past, but rather he digs in deeper, and at almost 55 years of age, he’s rarely sounded as in touch with his youthful pluck.
  10. Feb 28, 2013
    80
    Moore runs the risk of seeming absorbed in some kind of midlife episode, but he gets away with it by deploying punk spunk as just one of an arsenal of countercultural referents rather than as a means to regain or revisit his youth. [Mar 2013, p.50]
  11. Feb 28, 2013
    80
    It’s hard not to by won over, once again, by Moore’s indomitable, eternal teenager energy.
  12. Feb 28, 2013
    80
    They may not live on as eternal alternative classics, but they feel emphatically, explosively alive. While preserving his natural nonchalant charm, Thurston sounds more vigorous, bellicose, twitchy and forceful than he has in years.
  13. Feb 28, 2013
    80
    The album does not quite have the same frisson of avant weirdness that the best Sonic Youth records have, but there is more than enough quality here to once again establish the eternally youthful Thurston Moore as one of alternative rock’s most vital voices.
  14. the record does manage to impress despite being vaguely familiar and prone to flights of guitar fancy for no other reason than it can.
  15. Mar 21, 2013
    75
    This is the best mix of various recordings Moore has done since A Thousand Leaves.
  16. Mar 12, 2013
    75
    What saves the thing is, well, Moore’s style is so ingrained that to some extent this really will start to sound more natural with time.
  17. Mar 5, 2013
    75
    If this is indeed the next stage of Moore’s career rather than just another one-off project, it’s an assured, though sporadically underwhelming, soft launch.
  18. 70
    The whole thing sounds like they had a blast. [Jun 2013, p.88]
  19. Mar 7, 2013
    70
    While Moore’s aesthetic interests are rangy and Chelsea Light Moving most certainly exist to make them a compelling reality, the disc’s final act seems to be the most keyed-in to his recognizably arty, bookish-punk iconoclasm.
  20. Mar 5, 2013
    70
    This is Thurston Moore. The same artist people have loved for decades, just under a different guise. When an artist as uniquely talented as Moore makes something for us to hear, it’s worth taking time out to give it a listen.
  21. Mar 1, 2013
    70
    Awkward moments of not, this group moves as one. [Apr 2013, p.76]
  22. Feb 28, 2013
    70
    The album is fun, huge, and pleasantly confused (as evidenced in part by the out-of-place Germs cover that closes the album) but ultimately just another chapter in Moore's lifelong exploration of sound, poetry, and the darkest corners of American subcultures he helped build, and continues to add to.
  23. Mar 1, 2013
    68
    The band's self-titled debut record is the heaviest, most dissonant music that Moore has put together in recent memory, easily out-skronking Sonic Youth's 2009 LP, The Eternal.
  24. 63
    None of it adds much to Moore's legacy as a guitar innovator and post-punk aesthete, but you leave the record feeling as sweaty and beat as you would hauling a couch up to a sixth-floor walk-up.

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