• Record Label: PPM
  • Release Date: Sep 28, 2010
Metascore
74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
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  1. Crush is a fully realized progression, and one of the best indie rock albums you'll hear in 2010.
  2. Crush is the result of Abe Vigoda's common practice to evolve without abandoning their signature sound. There's still a fair amount of sharp guitars, post-chorus breakdowns are just as memorable, and metronome time signatures are still shattered. Not to mention, their shrewd tack for melody is as resounding as ever.
  3. Q Magazine
    80
    The airier sound allows room for some soaring melodies, which find their ideal melodies, which find their ideal centrepiece in Michael Vidal's dolorous croon. [Oct 2010, p.103]
  4. With Crush, these kids found a way forward, and strangely enough, they found it by looking back.
  5. 80
    Although Abe Vigoda was fun and games when they first started, they show true courage in their new music.
  6. Even if those tracks ["Repeating Angel" and"We Have to Mask"] aren't great on their own, they don't nearly break the spell of Crush, whose combination of hard-charging energy and world-weary moods is less an unexpected curveball than a well-earned step forward.
  7. The band do fluidly navigate between ideas and structural experiments here, only occasionally overdosing on their newfound taste for moping and melancholy. In short, Crush turns tropical punk into a simplistic and inaccurate characterization.
  8. This is technically the fourth full-length they've released, and it seems AV don't quite reinvent themselves under pressure so much as contort themselves into bigger, better and weirder ways to take everybody's ears on a massive tangent.
  9. Either way, while Abe Vigoda 2.0 are a group to be respected, I have a feeling, going forward, I'm going to spend a lot more time listening to Skeleton than I am to Crush.
  10. Explores the dark, suburban-gothic shades always loitering beneath their surface glimmer.
  11. An album that merits--and rewards--repeated listening, this is further evidence of a band not simply in it for the short haul. Certainly no one-trick ponies, it will be interesting, exciting even, to see where Abe Vigoda take their music next.
  12. In spite of the impeccable songcraft and sinewy playing, though, Crush hits a few too many icebergs.
  13. Crush is cold and hard and calculated. I mean, it's clear it's supposed to sound like that, but I have a hard time getting into it.

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