Cuts Across The Land

Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Mojo
    60
    You sense they need a couple of pure pop gems that the Mary Chain had submerged within the noise to perfect the classic sound they aspire to. [Jun 2005, p.95]
  2. Though The Duke Spirit lack the Tex Avery mania of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs or the eye-bulging strutting confidence of Polly Harvey, they do have an easy way with structured reverberative grooves.
  3. The Duke Spirit end up being cock-rock without the cock, the guitars strutting, posing and providing an inconsequential background against which Moss tries to prove she's as good as the boys.
  4. Uncut
    60
    Retains a uniform ambience of savage, unsmiling riffing. [Jun 2005, p.114]
  5. Blender
    60
    [Moss'] raw, husky delivery [is] able to turn even throwaway lines like "I swam to the bottom of the sea for you/I climbed to the top of the trees for you" into high drama. [Apr 2006, p.111]
  6. Even on repeated listens, the search for the showy dazzle of The Killers, the lyrical tomfoolery of the Kaiser Chiefs or the sheer stadium smartness of Franz Ferdinand proves fruitless, and it becomes apparent that, in an age where indie's proving to be the stronghold of overachievers, 'Cuts Across The Land' may have missed its moment.
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. tim
    Feb 20, 2007
    9
    Great record. Her voice is pure and lovly
  2. GinaT
    May 9, 2006
    10
    Cuts rocks and swings, has personality, and and updates beautifully tastemaking sounds!
  3. Michael
    May 8, 2006
    9
    seriously one of my favorite albums this year . . . really fun band live.