Creature Comforts - Black Dice

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. I don't know if this is one of the bravest or boldest albums of the year, but its definitely one of the neatest.
  2. 83
    This is the work of noise nerds bent on finding beauty where others see nothing but a tangled mess. [Jul 2004, p.110]
  3. One of this year's most interesting records.
  4. This is a headphone record of the highest order, where every last detail should be isolated against your ears and pored over.
  5. Ultimately Creature Comforts is another starry refraction in the cosmic music that Black Dice have claimed, one that hasn't failed yet in dazzling.
  6. It's a unique psychedelic experience only the most headstrong will be able to handle. [Aug 2004, p.122]
  7. If you don’t like noise records then you [should] steer clear of this, but if you happen to like listening to the sound of vacuum cleaners, video games, dishwashers, and other major appliances, I suggest that you buy this immediately.
  8. Despite the somewhat uneasy spirit that runs through the album, the album holds together from start to finish impressively. [#7]
  9. 70
    Isn't an easy listen but those with an adventurous ear will be well rewarded. [Aug 2004, p.101]
  10. It more or less picks up where Beaches and Canyons left off, allowing for more subtle changes in tone while distilling the Black Dice sound down to a considerably purer essence.
  11. Parts of the album seem arbitrarily sparse or less than sure of their ultimate direction, but Creature Comforts congeals into a whole that finds its mind below the surface.
  12. This can be thrilling, unnerving and just occasionally tiresome. [#245, p.53]
  13. For all its surprises, Creature Comforts marks one of the first times Black Dice has sounded like a band in transition, and consequently lacks much of the serendipitous splendor of their previous efforts.
  14. Like Sonic Youth reincarnated in Williamsburg, Black Dice evoke sublime psychological realms by making a racket. [5 Aug 2004, p.112]
  15. 50
    Most of Creature Comforts is hypnotic, if hardly soothing, noisemaking. [Jul/Aug 2004, p.124]
  16. On their directionless new Creature Comforts, Black Dice seem confused, in fact, about what precisely their aesthetic is.

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