Coming Apart - Body/Head
Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Sep 19, 2013
    90
    Vocally, Gordon is reborn, baptized in fire. [No. 102, p.53]
  2. 85
    As much as this is a horrific and challenging listen at times, Coming Apart is also an utterly captivating and thrilling record and...whisper it...could end up being the best music she’s ever put her name to.
  3. Dec 10, 2013
    80
    Even though there are no drums, nothing here ever feels aimless. [Sep 2013, p.48]
  4. Sep 13, 2013
    80
    Love or loathe their destructive attitude towards convention, Coming Apart is an exciting, if extremely strange album.
  5. Sep 12, 2013
    80
    One could argue that Body/Head aren’t doing anything necessarily new in the realm of noise, but it’s as vital a work in the genre as we’re going to hear this year.
  6. Sep 11, 2013
    80
    [A] challenging but beautiful album.
  7. Sep 10, 2013
    80
    For the moment, it’s surely a worthwhile project for players and listeners alike, an album of unusual synergy, exploration, and focus that expands both artists’ repertoires well beyond genre constructions to create something both unique and replayable.
  8. Sep 9, 2013
    80
    The album itself feels improvisational, but not loose; recorded live, it features very few edits or overdubs.
  9. Sep 9, 2013
    80
    On Coming Apart, she comes into herself.
  10. Sep 10, 2013
    77
    Count Coming Apart as another fascinating step in that journey, and Body/Head’s musical path as one that she and Nace will hopefully follow for a long time.
  11. 70
    This return to drone primitivism might seem somewhat regressive for Gordon, as it doesn't represent anything remotely new for her as a musician or for drone music as a whole. But it is done with a pleasing malevolence.
  12. 70
    At almost 60 years old, Gordon is still pushing the musical envelope, and that in and of itself is something worth celebrating.
  13. Sep 9, 2013
    70
    Her songs don't so much drift as press steadfastly onwards into the unknown--all of them stick in your head despite little trace of a tune. [Oct 2013, p.63]
  14. Sep 9, 2013
    70
    They're more neo-No-wave post=Beats skreecore jam-jazz. [Aug-Sep 2013, p.87]
  15. Oct 30, 2013
    60
    Fans of Sonic Youth at their most experimental will know what to expect, anybody coming to this with fresh ears should try before they buy.
  16. Oct 11, 2013
    60
    This raw, unsettling album's backstory, rendered through protesting guitars, is what gives it its defiant edge. [Nov 2013, p.102]
  17. Sep 19, 2013
    60
    Listeners long-attuned to Gordon's avant excursions will find much here that satisfies. [Oct 2013, p.94]
  18. Sep 16, 2013
    60
    It may be unpalatable and difficult but it is a debut album that should at least be commended for its dark, experimental ambition.
  19. Sep 16, 2013
    60
    Anger, bitterness and scorn spike the discomfiting atmosphere at every turn.
  20. Sep 10, 2013
    60
    Titles aren't exactly subtle ("Murderess," "Last Mistress"), even if the twin-guitar jams are opaque.
  21. Sep 16, 2013
    58
    There are no distinguishable hooks or chorus lines anywhere on Coming Apart; instead, it’s just Gordon and Nace simultaneously subverting and creating musical forms that will surely polarize listeners who want to “get it” and those who refuse to.

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