• Record Label: DFA
  • Release Date: Jan 31, 2012

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
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  1. Feb 2, 2012
    Overall, Clay Class gives the feeling of bridges being built and dots being connected.
  2. Mojo
    Feb 1, 2012
    The basic Prinzhorn recipe - extra thick bass-lines and super-primitive stand-up drums, woven together with a lattice of spindly guitar and set off with livid bursts of call-and-response vocal -- remains largely unchanged. [Feb 2012, p.98]
  3. Their unadorned, effects-free music remains simple and straightforward, like a rock equivalent of the Dogme school of cinema.
  4. Jan 30, 2012
    Understated, sloth-like and quick-witted all at once.
  5. Feb 15, 2012
    There is always a feeling of constructive clarification at the heart of Clay Class, and that reappraisal of the traditional sense of progress is something that is cemented by the ideology shining through the holes that Prinzhorn Dance School so artfully poke through the fourth wall.
  6. Mar 12, 2012
    [A] suffocating feeling pervades Clay Class, an album full of tight, stripped-down punk burners that hit pretty hard until they start blurring at the edges.
  7. Feb 17, 2012
    Clay Class is nearly an indie classic. All that's missing are tunes--not quite enough of those bits.
  8. Feb 9, 2012
    Their change between 2007 and now may be incremental, but it's enough to qualify as a definite improvement on their debut.
  9. Feb 9, 2012
    This album's great strength lies in the rearguard action its brittleness mounts against kitsch accounts of authenticity.
  10. Feb 7, 2012
    In an increasingly bleak post-recession climate, jagged and somber post-punk seems a rather fitting lens, and Prinzhorn Dance School has mastered its execution.
  11. Feb 3, 2012
    Clay Class feels disappointingly stagnant. But it does offer encouraging signs that a blade of grass or two can sprout up from cracks in Prinzhorn Dance School's cold, concrete world.
  12. 70
    Tightly wound, little post-punk tunes.
  13. Jan 30, 2012
    Even with bursts of ill-tuned twang, Prinz and Horn's harshness is centered and tame.
  14. Jan 30, 2012
    Clay Class, the band's second album, is an exercise in tension.

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