Metascore
69

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Oct 12, 2011
    80
    Rather than functioning as simple b-side fodder, the four tracks which shape Earth Division are all totally different, yet just as essential as the album from which they were excluded.
  2. 80
    Earth Division finds Mogwai in unusually calm and engaging mood, its four tracks for the most part eschewing their trademark surging post-rock in favour of a lighter, more reflective approach.
  3. Oct 12, 2011
    70
    Earth Division is more interesting than satisfying, but it's difficult to dismiss its beauty and its reach past the band's comfort level.
  4. Oct 12, 2011
    70
    This is a case wherein open minds--and some patience--are likely to be rewarded.
  5. It's a beautiful EP deserving of repeat listening.
  6. 70
    It's by no means a progressive statement for a band long revered for its innovation and influence, but Earth Division is still a fine compendium of Mogwai's prowess with more sedate atmospheres.
  7. Oct 12, 2011
    64
    Here, with one exception, they sound as though they're in soundtrack mode.
  8. Oct 12, 2011
    60
    This is an interesting unexpected extra--pretty, rather than essential. [Sep 2011, p.51]
  9. 60
    Aside from a sneak peek at LP number eight though, Earth Division doesn't offer much of anything new to listeners.
  10. Oct 12, 2011
    60
    They simply begin, evolve, repeat, and end, very much as though they were designed to play out while we directed our attention elsewhere.

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