Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. Feb 19, 2013
    80
    All in all, Clash the Truth is exactly the record Beach Fossils should have made at this point, reinforcing all the things that made them good while adding some excellent new wrinkles and boosting the production values.
  2. Feb 21, 2013
    60
    Despite the undying retromania, the gimmicky production, and the at-times frustratingly short song times (this is very much a record that will breeze by without listeners noticing time ticking away), Clash the Truth is tuneful and nuanced enough to warrant repeat listens even after other like-minded travelers are inevitably forgotten in favor of the next musical revival.
  3. Feb 19, 2013
    58
    A passive-aggressive album like Clash the Truth, which just sounds kind of confused.
  4. Mar 29, 2013
    30
    It hard to work out what's more annoying from the rest, be it Dustin Payseur's forgot-my-gym-kit vocals, the self-important but frankly juvenile ambient interludes, otr the neat riffs, which sound like plugins from some indie-pop iPad composition app. [May 2013, p.67]
  5. Feb 12, 2013
    60
    In the end, pretty and vacant just about covers it. [Mar 2013, p.94]
  6. Feb 14, 2013
    80
    Overall, Clash The Truth isn't so much a departure from Beach Fossils' playful innocence as a more a mature statement of intent documenting Payseur's coming of age as both a musician and songwriter.
  7. 70
    Clash the Truth is Payseur evolving, the band shifting in a direction that’s probably unlike what they previously imagined themselves moving toward.
  8. Feb 12, 2013
    74
    Payseur offers little besides the opening track that looks forward. Clash the Truth suffers because of this, playing as an introduction for a band that is to come, a band that will have sonics to match their musical ambitions, that could break free of their hazy daydreams to which they remain shackled.
  9. Feb 20, 2013
    50
    There are two fairly strange intermezzo experiments and a few heavier-hitting sing-a-longs thrown in to excite ardent fans of their self-titled debut, but overall the album sacrifices listenability to broadcast and hint at Payseur’s “I will say what I will” evolutions to come.
  10. Mar 13, 2013
    70
    Combined with the head-in-the-sky ambience of the subgenre, the result is an album far more interesting and ambitious than mere nostalgia rock.
  11. Feb 19, 2013
    70
    With cuts like the melodically nifty “Taking Off” and the high-impact jangle-and-scree “Careless,” Beach Fossils find the right balance often enough.
  12. Feb 12, 2013
    85
    The new one is faster, hookier, cleaner. [No. 95, p.52]
  13. Feb 19, 2013
    90
    Beach Fossils have found a balance that's better than anyone could have hoped for.
  14. Nov 7, 2013
    50
    The soft lull of "Sleep Apnea" sinks into the Fossils' familiar shoegaze, but all the songs are clipped so short that atmosphere is unfortunately never given the chance to fully evolve and envelope.
  15. Feb 19, 2013
    80
    In all, Clash the Truth is a major step forward for Beach Fossils, and it’s certainly an album that I’m not going to forget about so easily, if ever at all.
  16. 75
    Picking standout moments is as difficult as finding instances where the record’s charm wears off--there’s not a stage where the latter ever happens, but such is Beach Fossils’ way of doing things there are never really any huge lifts in quality either.
  17. Feb 13, 2013
    70
    Clash The Truth is an accomplished album that should see Beach Fossils leave behind lo-fi slacker pop's balmy evenings.
  18. Feb 20, 2013
    88
    The beauty of Beach Fossils has always been in the tension between Payseur's disaffected deadpan and the band's super-visceral live shows (before Beach Fossils, he spent years playing in hardcore bands) and on Clash much of that post-punk energy translates seamlessly.
  19. Apr 5, 2013
    70
    An album where just enough business-as-usual is sacrificed for genuine growth.
  20. They’re wisps and fragments that might leave you feeling nostalgic for the nostalgia that marked Payseur’s past. If only the messages contained within the songs rang as true as the guitars.
  21. 83
    Beach Fossils have delivered an album of shimmering guitars and an ebulliently bouncy rhythm that is simply a beautiful listen.
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. May 24, 2013
    8
    An apathy-driven attitude coupled with trembling guitars soaked in glorious reverb tones is what you get with this new record put out by BeachAn apathy-driven attitude coupled with trembling guitars soaked in glorious reverb tones is what you get with this new record put out by Beach Fossils. Every track on this release is a gem. One could complain about the songs' monotony but in defence, I suspect that it was the intended purpose. Lo-fi twingling-reverb guitars provide a great musical accompaniment. However, the album doesn't produce that 1 or 2 outstanding track. But it repays by consistently pushing out decent songs, track by track. A great album and a great listen. Full Review »
  2. May 2, 2013
    6
    It's strange how albums like Clash The Truth can be so flat, but still so interesting. Reminiscent to 80s goth at times, Beach Fossils droningIt's strange how albums like Clash The Truth can be so flat, but still so interesting. Reminiscent to 80s goth at times, Beach Fossils droning tunes bring you to places you'd never thought you go, but only if you're willing to keep on the long drive. Full Review »
  3. Feb 20, 2013
    9
    Fantastic album. I haven't found a single song on this album that isn't good, Beach Fossils really know how to make good music. I recommendFantastic album. I haven't found a single song on this album that isn't good, Beach Fossils really know how to make good music. I recommend this album to anyone that enjoys summer or good music. Buy this album, you wont regret it! Full Review »