End of Daze [EP] - Dum Dum Girls
Metascore
74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Oct 4, 2012
    90
    Dum Dum Girls have graduated from a class of reverb junkies to becoming potentially one of the most potent and distinct pop bands of our time. End of Daze is on a separate level of artistic creativity and economy.
  2. Sep 24, 2012
    83
    End of Daze is a confident and comprehensive showcase for everything Dum Dum Girls do well.
  3. They may be lumped in with the recent girl group pop fad, but End of Daze proves that there is nothing common or ordinary about this band.
  4. Sep 28, 2012
    80
    End of Daze sees the band further venturing into the beauteous bleakness.
  5. Sep 25, 2012
    80
    Maybe most importantly, the End of Daze EP cements Dum Dum Girls as a band that should be taken seriously and whose look has become the least interesting part about them.
  6. Oct 2, 2012
    75
    End of Daze sounds like a short segment of Dum Dum Girls' future greatest hits collection.
  7. Sep 26, 2012
    75
    End Of Daze finds Gundred--and Dum Dum Girls--in a good place.
  8. Oct 17, 2012
    70
    Here Dee Dee even strips the roaring guitar off a lazily tuneful stopgap that's not quite as revelatory as High. [No. 92, p.53]
  9. 70
    Although distant from the translucent bedroom recordings of debut I Will Be, the 18-minute EP marks a pivotal moment for Dum Dum Girls, extending far beyond the initial lo-fi confessions of Dee Dee Penny.
  10. Sep 24, 2012
    70
    A five-song EP that summarizes the band's strengths better than any of their work so far, while also highlighting how little this material gains from linear sequencing.
  11. Sep 24, 2012
    70
    After those two tracks [Mine Tonight & I Got Nothing], the EP turns something of a corner, a fresh start symbolized by the third track cover song, "Trees and Flowers." [Aug/Sep 2012, p.125]
  12. Sep 24, 2012
    70
    Their continued filtering of '50s girl-group melodies through swelling pop songs that crib equally from the noise/indie/dream spheres captivates in newly charming ways. [Oct 2012, p.88]
  13. Sep 24, 2012
    70
    It expands their sound, delves into some new sonic textures, and cements Dee Dee's place as one of the more interesting and expressive vocalists around.
  14. Oct 30, 2012
    67
    Shying away from lo-fi, Dum Dum Girls still deliver perfectly spare noise rock ("I Got Nothing"), but they're best somewhere in between.
  15. Sep 25, 2012
    63
    The album's listlessness - when compared to the blisteringly restless heartbreak/firecracker of Dreams - is kind of a bummer.
  16. Sep 26, 2012
    60
    The quality [on End of Daze] is solid to great.
  17. Sep 24, 2012
    60
    During these 18 minutes, you can sense a tension between the darker atmosphere and the pop inclinations. That's a combination that's yielded its share of greatness, but the two don't fully merge here.
  18. 60
    This is instead a solid collection of outtakes, rather than a full display of their songwriting muscle.
  19. Sep 25, 2012
    50
    While End of Daze features some of Dum Dum Girls' more sophisticated songwriting to date, there is an overwhelming shadow of certainty and safety that is cast over the EP, preventing it from being a truly singular musical experience.

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