Creature Comforts

  • Record Label: DFA
  • Release Date: Jun 22, 2004

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. Spin
    This is the work of noise nerds bent on finding beauty where others see nothing but a tangled mess. [Jul 2004, p.110]
  3. Alternative Press
    It's a unique psychedelic experience only the most headstrong will be able to handle. [Aug 2004, p.122]
  4. Ultimately Creature Comforts is another starry refraction in the cosmic music that Black Dice have claimed, one that hasn't failed yet in dazzling.
  5. One of this year's most interesting records.
  6. This is a headphone record of the highest order, where every last detail should be isolated against your ears and pored over.
  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. The Wire
    This can be thrilling, unnerving and just occasionally tiresome. [#245, p.53]
  9. 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.
  10. Mojo
    Isn't an easy listen but those with an adventurous ear will be well rewarded. [Aug 2004, p.101]
  11. Under The Radar
    Despite the somewhat uneasy spirit that runs through the album, the album holds together from start to finish impressively. [#7]
  12. 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.
  13. Rolling Stone
    Like Sonic Youth reincarnated in Williamsburg, Black Dice evoke sublime psychological realms by making a racket. [5 Aug 2004, p.112]
  14. 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.
  15. Urb
    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.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Negative: 2 out of 6
  1. Sicnarf
    Aug 17, 2006
    Such a good album for texture fiends. Bad album for retarded people (or maybe its the other way around...).
  2. GarrettS
    Sep 21, 2005
    THIS IS NOT GOOD MUSIC. Pretending to like it does not make you intelligent or cutting-edge! Nobody cares except you and your THIS IS NOT GOOD MUSIC. Pretending to like it does not make you intelligent or cutting-edge! Nobody cares except you and your pseudo-intellectual scenester friends. With that being said, I heard their new album actually has songs. I'm not exactly excited to hear it after listening to this mess. Full Review »
  3. SchmittyL
    Jan 22, 2005