Metascore
74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Mar 25, 2013
    80
    A skillful balance of harshness and beauty, Discipline + Desire is a welcome reintroduction to a band that is among the best at keeping this sound not just alive, but vital.
  2. 70
    With their sophomore release, Wax Idols are carving a place for themselves in the camp of reverb-addled musicians who just won’t settle for normality.
  3. Mar 25, 2013
    75
    The quartet has reached puberty on its second album, which sees the band embracing awkward teen angst a la Winona Ryder's character in Beatlejuice. [No. 96, p.61]
  4. May 28, 2013
    80
    Luckily, there’s enough energy imparted by the snappy drums and darkly driving basslines to keep it interesting, giving structure to the more ethereal elements without overpowering them. If the thought of trawling through the ’90s again leaves you cold, pop this on and party like its 1980.
  5. Discipline plummets you into the band’s shadowy world but remains loveable--like a brighter, warmer Savages.
  6. May 3, 2013
    68
    Discipline & Desire--the title’s a tip-off--is aloof and commanding, with an expertly honed sense of how far to take the tension it builds before offering relief.
  7. Mar 25, 2013
    60
    While it might be a stretch to call the women behind one of the most revealing Twitter accounts matured, Discipline & Desire is indeed much more of a fleshed out and comprehensive effort.

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