D - White Denim
Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. Jun 2, 2011
    90
    Since the band cooked up an excellent 12 songs in only a few weeks last year (which they made available as a free download titled the Last Day of Summer), it should come as no surprise that the laboriously constructed follow-up is a masterpiece.
  2. Jun 2, 2011
    67
    The band's fourth full-length, D, largely forgoes the breezy indie pop of last year's digital-only release, Last Day of Summer, attempting instead to usher jazz-fusion into the indie era. That's an improbable feat, but the rhythm section of bassist Steve Terebecki and drummer Josh Block lock in tighter than DNA strands, while guitarist James Petralli's progression can be measured in the group's instrumental catalog.
  3. Jun 6, 2011
    70
    While White Denim have a tendency to enthusiastically overcook things, ultimately it's their sheer audacity--allied to some strong tunes--that makes D hard to resist.
  4. White Denim's attention to detail is superb, but everything just fits together. It must be said though, that they aren't breaking any new ground at all, but sometimes that doesn't matter if the music is good enough to hold its own.
  5. Jun 8, 2011
    80
    An audacious, adventurous, unclassifiable fourth album from the newly expanded Austin natives: this is a seriously self-assured sonic experience.
  6. Jun 2, 2011
    60
    While D is undoubtedly a grower, it's unfortunate that White Denim's experimental tendencies don't always lend themselves equally well to good songs.
  7. Aug 2, 2011
    78
    White Denim remain unusually talented musicians for whom eclecticism is the rule, and expectation the harbinger of some totally bad vibes.
  8. Jun 10, 2011
    60
    Overall, D is a measured if occasionally overcooked beast that proves difficult to digest as a whole.
  9. Jun 21, 2011
    80
    Those who've found White Denim's previous albums a little too cluttered and clattery for comfort should find that D is a good deal more accessible, yet it also ends up being their most thrillingly off-kilter record to date. [July 2011, p. 112]
  10. Jun 30, 2011
    90
    This is an album which bears repeated listening, and which deserves to become more than just a summer soundtrack; but rather one of those releases that can be revisited again and again, with each listen revealing new details and delights.
  11. 70
    White Denim (now a four-piece) have never been less than terrific, but as they move further from the garage and embrace their real love – early '70s Americana – they defy all probability.
  12. Jun 24, 2011
    80
    They're all talented musicians, so it's actually a pleasure to hear them go off on the occasional jazz fusion tangent, which they approach with the raw enthusiasm of a garage-punk band (except that they sound closer to King Crimson).
  13. Jun 2, 2011
    70
    At this point in the game, all those influences and touchstones have jelled into a sound that's both easily identifiable and quite unique, and though it's still occasionally jarring in its schizophrenia, it's one that manages to be consistent on its own terms.
  14. Jun 29, 2011
    68
    White Denim's inherent restlessness means that all the band's releases feel transitional to a degree, but D's measured restraint points toward the best possible direction for them.
  15. Jul 21, 2011
    80
    D is one for the record books, if not because it's an overflowing melting pot of talent and ideas, then because of how many times you'll find yourself hitting the play button again.
  16. Jun 14, 2011
    65
    For all the creativity, there's a certain fire that's missing. The jagged energy that set White Denim apart from so many others has been rounded out, replaced with a relaxed streak and lots of noodling that wears down by D's end.
  17. Jun 29, 2011
    80
    Intricate guitar lines twine tightly and Josh Block's hyperactive drumming keeps the whole rickety enterprise a hair's breadth shy of total collapse. [Jul 2011, p.121]
  18. Jun 2, 2011
    80
    There are countless touchstones, but the sublime attack often recalls late-Sixties Grateful Dead, when their songs still had garage-rock drive but were exploding every which way.
  19. Jun 2, 2011
    75
    "And it's nothing like what you'd thought it'd be," Petralli sings in the record's early goings. There's a summarization of D's sometimes enthralling, sometimes maddening capriciousness in there, but it's also a declaration of the off-road paths the band will cut in the future.
  20. 63
    The melange of old sonic idioms doesn't say anything remarkable about their sources or feel particularly original. White Denim sound ready to craft a groundbreaking record--D just isn't it.
  21. Jun 2, 2011
    80
    It doesn't matter whether White Denim are playing glowing, Lee Hazlewood-style country or chugging, meaty metal: the sound is always unmistakably their own.
  22. 100
    Is there nothing they can't do?
  23. while D contains strange time signatures, proggy flute solos and syncopation aplenty, it soon reveals itself to be a work for the heart as well as the mind.
  24. Jun 10, 2011
    60
    The confidence of this Texan trio's last effort (2009's Fits) is lacking on their first major-label release.
  25. Jun 3, 2011
    80
    D is a technical tour de force. [Jul 2011, p.89]
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Jun 27, 2012
    7
    A very consistent album - almost every one of the 10 tracks are as good as each other so as an album it really slips together nicely. I enjoy listening to it but there are no real standout tracks on it for me which, despite it being good only gets a 7 from me. Another slight quibble is that alot of the songs sound identical - I know the band have a certain style and they carry it off well but at times some of the tracks are indistinguishable. Full Review »
  2. j30
    Mar 22, 2012
    6
    Listening to D by White Denim is both captivating and infuriating. There are songs that sound great and gives you hope what to expect in the future, but then there are songs that try too hard reach a wide audience. Ultimately the White Denim fanatic you want to be is tamed by some D's repressed tunes. Full Review »
  3. Sep 6, 2011
    7
    Ten really good, really well-performed psych-country-jazz-prog-garage rock songs with little to no cohesion among them, almost as if the band just presented their record company with a slew of songs & said, "Here, pick your favorites." Full Review »