Metascore
73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. As two musicians who may have gotten slighted, their self-titled album is an accomplished and impressive debut.
  2. 80
    'Cave Mouth' rocks with something of Fugazi's technical heft, while 'Perfect Fit' matches Penner's quavering vocals to dancing Klezmer piano and swells of cymbal. [Aug 2009, p.88]
  3. The purpose of Clues wasn’t to outshine Penner or Reed’s past successes, but to make great new music. And on Clues, they do just that.
  4. Striking stylistic tics like this pop up all over Clues, and the contextualizing effect is undeniable: for good or ill, it’s nigh impossible to hear this album anew, free from preconceptions.
  5. One hears a variety of influences on this 2009 release, including no wave, psychedelic rock, art rock, 1980s post-punk, Brit-pop, and even folk at times; all of those influences serve Clues well, and all of them add to the intrigue on their promising debut album.
  6. Clues offer precisely that: hints at considerable future potential, and, for any budding gumshoes keen to probe the mysterious fate of The Unicorns, arguably something of smoking gun.
  7. The result is far from flawless, but Clues sparkles in the rough.
  8. There may be some excellent tracks on this record, but it mostly hints at better things to come down the line.
  9. Yet get past the grating AF-isms and there’s some good tunes.
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  1. TaterNuts
    Jun 20, 2009
    9
    Smart, fun album. "Haarp" and "Ledmonton" radiate wicked energy. A little on the gimmicky side with the medieval themes, so it's not for Smart, fun album. "Haarp" and "Ledmonton" radiate wicked energy. A little on the gimmicky side with the medieval themes, so it's not for everyone, but I really dug it. Full Review »