Corsicana Lemonade - White Denim
Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Jan 7, 2014
    70
    White Denim are truly one of the best bands out there today, and even with a 10-song firecracker like this one, all they’re doing is simply padding their already-impressive reputation.
  2. 90
    Corsicana Lemonade flips through a crateful of classic rock tropes, yet sounds spankingly "now." This extraordinary foursome just go from strength to strength. [Dec 2013, p.98]
  3. Nov 22, 2013
    80
    Overall, this is pretty near perfect. [Dec 2013, p.90]
  4. Nov 22, 2013
    80
    A staggering, intoxicating record. [Dec 2013, p.116]
  5. Nov 22, 2013
    70
    While these are only flashes, they help make Corsicana Lemonade a progressive exercise in restraint.
  6. Nov 11, 2013
    80
    Like the best Black Keys songs, the band’s tracks hold up independent of their pristine production as examples of how to combine undeniable talent, a love for the past, and a personal story to create a sound that’s simultaneously throwback and unique.
  7. Nov 7, 2013
    60
    White Denim continue to teeter there.
  8. Nov 5, 2013
    84
    Many songs here warrant praise, but those spontaneous wild riffs have sadly been sacrificed, along with a bit of singer James Petralli’s gnarled, impassioned bite.
  9. Nov 5, 2013
    55
    On the heels of 2011’s critically hailed D, Corsicana Lemonade is a plain, uninspiring disappointment.
  10. Oct 31, 2013
    90
    The quartet concentrated on developing more pleasurable lines, and on well-structured songs rather than open-ended jamming. [Dec 2013, p.59]
  11. 58
    True, not every album needs to make a statement; sometimes it’s just nice to have music to listen to with your eyes closed and your brain off. But they can do better.
  12. 80
    If their previous albums were the sound of cataclysmic blasts--of unhewn matter rebounding through the cosmos trying to manifest--then Corsicana Lemonade is the sound of their universe finally taking shape.
  13. Oct 30, 2013
    80
    By balancing their instinctive, intricate side within a tight, concise framework, White Denim have created something that’s both accessible and unorthodox.
  14. Oct 29, 2013
    70
    On nearly every song, the band's knack for compacting oblong, ramble-tamble jams into tight, buzzing puzzles is dazzling. Are these great songs? Not really. But they're great four-minute workouts.
  15. 80
    The missteps on this record are rare, and the consistent growth they’ve displayed with each release is all the more impressive for a band not even 10 years old.
  16. Oct 28, 2013
    80
    Regardless of the musical ingredients that went into this album, Corsicana Lemonade is their most down-home batch of sweet southern brew yet.
  17. Oct 28, 2013
    80
    The first half of the album is a joy. The second half is even better.
  18. Oct 28, 2013
    60
    Every rhythmic lurch and stylistic shift, though, remains in the service of the band's greater groove, giving these 10 tracks an ease that belies their ferocious complexity.
  19. 80
    The lyrics dwell on age, family and endurance, but the backporch party vibe imparts a warm glow to proceedings.
  20. Oct 25, 2013
    80
    White Denim's trademark swampy garage rock now comes gift-wrapped with more direct songwriting and catchy choruses.
  21. 70
    It adds up to a challenging, taut, and inspirational 39 minutes of music you won’t be humming after the first spin. But, because of its confidence, integrity and diversity, you’ll be back for repeated visits.
  22. Oct 25, 2013
    78
    Corsicana Lemonade captures White Denim at the peak of its technical prowess, yet still only scratches its surface potential.
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 1
  2. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Nov 12, 2013
    5
    It's alright but it lacks that something that cannot be explained but is the critical ingredient for actually caring about the record.It's alright but it lacks that something that cannot be explained but is the critical ingredient for actually caring about the record. Certainly not awful, just forgettable. Sorry guys Full Review »