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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. Sep 19, 2013
    90
    Defend Yourself is virtually filler-less. [No. 102, p.52]
  2. Sep 19, 2013
    80
    It eschews the compartmentalised, glossy, compressed production sound du jour for a red-blooded, powerful live feel full of adrenalin and excitement. [Oct 2013, p.90]
  3. Jan 27, 2014
    80
    A return with soul and fire. [Oct 2013, p.110]
  4. Sep 19, 2013
    70
    For the most part, the album stands as one of the stronger reunion records in a year that’s been practically overrun with them.
  5. Oct 30, 2013
    60
    Separate--one of a few songs (along with the slightly annoying sludge march of Beat, the frenetic whimsy of Inquiries and the juddering instrumental Once) that falls just short of those huge expectations. But when this record hits the mark, it’s very good indeed.
  6. Sep 17, 2013
    60
    The band's amiable punk-folk chunter lacks a little of its usual charm. [Oct 2013, p.74]
  7. Nov 21, 2013
    40
    Grounded in the fertile terrain of terminal relationships, the warm, unadorned album comes undone by undercooked songwriting.

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