Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Aug 8, 2011
    74
    Parts & Labor have turned what might have been the crippling loss of an essential member into just another development in a long and respectable career.
  2. Apr 14, 2011
    80
    Parts & Labor still do plenty of rocking out, but their tight compositions save them from overindulgence.
  3. Apr 11, 2011
    60
    Constant Future is by no means a bad record. It is a record that oversells itself.
  4. Mar 31, 2011
    88
    It can be tricky to pin down Parts & Labor's busy sound - it's noise pop that's not too noisy, or maybe post-punk that's cool with cracking a fat grin - but it almost always has something entertaining going on.
  5. Mar 22, 2011
    70
    Constant Future is another fine rock record from a band that gets harder to ignore with each release, even when the album's titular problem is exactly what keeps them flying under the radar.
  6. 70
    Although their own thickness seems to get a bit cloudy at times, it's never unassuming or presumptuous. Instead, the noise that creeps in and out of Constant Future is always consistent and never over-abundant; in turn, it's very simply a solid release.
  7. Mar 16, 2011
    70
    There's very little to complain about in Constant Future, apart from the fact that it's no great step forward from their previous material.
  8. Mar 11, 2011
    70
    The lesser tracks here actually seem fit for a Burning Man festival; maybe it's the earnestly cryptic lyrics, or the brightly pummeling rhythms. Better tracks, like "Outnumbered" and "Bright White," convey the potency of this band's formula.
  9. Mar 11, 2011
    82
    Constant Future is a solid effort from a talented and original band making unique rock 'n' roll quite unlike anything else out there at the moment.
  10. Mar 10, 2011
    60
    In their favour, Parts & Labor embrace melody far more willingly than many of their counterparts on the US underground scene, building their layers of noise in a manner intended to excite and entertain, rather than confront.
  11. Mar 10, 2011
    60
    Their fizzy keyboards and Bob Mould-y vocals remain intact, but essentially this is conventional indie-rock.
  12. Maybe Constant Future is the record to finally thrust this deserving outfit over the edge. Even if it isn't, it's still another damn good addition to a wickedly unheralded, but highly effective, library.
  13. Mar 9, 2011
    91
    On its sixth full-length, Constant Future, the New York art-punk trio cranks up the keyboard-both as an instrument and as a compositional tool-and forges a marginally fresh approach to its harsh yet melodic methodology.
  14. Mar 8, 2011
    80
    Constant Future is the sound of a band who, after nearly ten years together, are comfortable with their sound, who know exactly what they're good at and sound like they're having great fun doing it.
  15. Mar 8, 2011
    76
    Constant Future doesn't much build on previous albums, stylistically or qualitatively, but it displays a group of now-veteran dudes who know their strengths and who never stop playing to them.
  16. Mar 7, 2011
    80
    Constant Future represents Parts & Labor's most consistent and exciting work to date.
  17. Mar 7, 2011
    70
    Sure, you can hear that they're awed and distressed about the state of things, but the emotion in Friel and Warshaw's singing seems undercut by the lyrics.
  18. Mar 7, 2011
    80
    While it may not be the band's most ambitious or experimental work, Constant Future is a work of cohesive beauty, showing a real sense of vision in its execution that more than makes up for the lack of any gimmicks added in for art's sake.
  19. May 3, 2011
    80
    Almost overpowering in its anthemic positivity, Constant Future is unfashionably fearless, and all the better for it. [Apr 2011, p.58]
  20. Apr 6, 2011
    60
    Here, melody and charmingly lo-fi electronics vie for attention next to moshpit riffing. [Apr 2011, p.106]
  21. Apr 6, 2011
    80
    Parts & Labor have made their best album yet. [Apr 2011, p.95]
  22. Mar 29, 2011
    80
    The result is an album that bursts with life and invention. [Apr 2011, p.89]
  23. Mar 9, 2011
    70
    With Constant Future, Parts & Labor have reached the apex of a sound they've been tweaking and perfecting over the past seven years. [Feb. 2011, p. 67]

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