Diamond Rugs

  • Record Label: Partisan
  • Release Date: Apr 24, 2012
Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
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  1. Apr 26, 2012
    82
    This ain't no Chickenfoot; this is the really really real deal.
  2. Alternative Press
    Apr 24, 2012
    80
    The sextet deliver delightfully, dingy, wholly impressible rawk. [May 2012, p.75]
  3. Magnet
    Apr 24, 2012
    80
    The album's many ragged parts [are wrapped] into a rocking and rollicking package. [No.86, p.52]
  4. Oct 30, 2012
    78
    The surprise isn't that their eponymous debut LP turned out terrific, but that it got made at all.
  5. Apr 24, 2012
    77
    Diamond Rugs emerge from their first full-length effort as a cohesive, spirited country-punk collective that brings out the best in each member.
  6. 70
    Even though Deer Tick's punky, yowling take on hillbilly country-rock is a close relative to Diamond Rugs' own sound, it's more of a first cousin than an identical twin, and the few songs that deviate from the Deer Tick template are some of the album's most enjoyable.
  7. Apr 26, 2012
    70
    Diamond Rugs is a lot more fun and less self-conscious than what Deer Tick usually delivers.
  8. 70
    Even if this act is Deer Tick 2.0, this is still an album of infectious, ultra-grimy blues-rock tunes from dudes who've mastered the equation and then some.
  9. Mojo
    Apr 10, 2013
    60
    [A] ragged rock 'n' roll debut with vigorous grit, while Robbie Crowell's drawled, anecdotal lyrics add dive-bar sleaze. [May 2013, p.96]
  10. 60
    The resultant album is exactly what you’d expect from this mix of personnel.
  11. Mar 26, 2013
    60
    When compared to each members’ regular output, there’s not a lot to take seriously here. That’s quite all right though.
  12. Jul 18, 2012
    60
    As enjoyable as Diamond Rugs' high points are, the album still feels like less than the sum of its parts, which is still not a bad thing for a barroom-stomp side project.
  13. Apr 23, 2012
    51
    In theory, Diamond Rugs should prove extremely comforting, a celebration of rawk and male friendship in the face of vaguely rendered but all-consuming sexual denial. And yet, there's no catharsis or viscera.
  14. Uncut
    Apr 25, 2013
    50
    While there's pleasure to be had from the band's exuberant MC5-meets-AC/DC racket, their dubious tales of salt-of-the-earth hookers, as found in "Call Girl Blues," and drunken lechery, outlined the willfully crass "Hungover And Horny" takes the retro vibe too far. [Jun 2013, p.71]
  15. Apr 24, 2012
    50
    Despite the raucous vibe, Diamond Rugs is flawed - scattered, unfocused, and rather long, at 14 tracks.

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