Excellent Italian Greyhound

Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. A stellar accomplishment from a truly singular band.
  2. Excellent Italian Greyhound is vintage Shellac: stark, razorous and blackly comic, lurching into whatever time signature happens to possess drummer Tod Trainer.
  3. The sound remains unmistakably Shellac: guttural, sarcastic, and chock-full of anger.
  4. On Excellent Italian Greyhound they deliver the expected fistful of vitriolic by-number chuggers.
  5. Excellent Italian Greyhound is everything you’d want from a new Shellac record - terrific-sounding, expertly performed and gleefully atonal as ever, but it’s live that this legendary three-piece’s performance art really comes to life as more than the sum of its casually-displayed parts.
  6. Even at their silliest, even when they're treading water, no one else sounds quite like Shellac, and anyone who professes to be a serious music fan without having spent quality time with the band's albums should be forced to familiarize themselves. This just wouldn't be the first record I'd force on them.
  7. It's a given that Excellent Italian Greyhound is a masterful offering of jagged minimalist rock from a seasoned and almost ridiculously venerable band, but its mastery is expressed in exclusively expected ways.
  8. Well as befits such a completely uncompromising visionary/awkward pain in the arse (delete one if you can be bothered) it veers between the preposterously awful 'Genuine Lullabelle' with its bewildering spoken word passages and the awesome wire taut assault of 'Be Prepared'.
  9. Greyhound has a loose, almost improvisational minimalism that straddles the line between engrossing and off-putting.
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Nov 25, 2014
    4
    The album is way to skeletal and doesn't present any memorable moments besides the first track, The End of Radio, which is great; it's theThe album is way to skeletal and doesn't present any memorable moments besides the first track, The End of Radio, which is great; it's the best song on the album, and the awkward two-minute vocal monologue in Genuine Lulabelle. I expected some better grooves and riffs, considering the long instrumental sections that fill this album. The lyrics don't really have a connection with anything going on, and the album ends up as average. I do really like the band's use of mixed meters; it keeps the listener on their musical toes. Full Review »
  2. seand
    Jul 29, 2007
    8
    as a comedy record(given that the lyrics are ridiculous, it has strongbad on it and the movie announcer guy, and not to mention the artwork) as a comedy record(given that the lyrics are ridiculous, it has strongbad on it and the movie announcer guy, and not to mention the artwork) it is a 10 as a rock record it is a bit boring and over indulgent and it gets a 6. so between the two it's an 8 Full Review »
  3. if
    Jul 18, 2007
    9
    a very lean and mean sounding record. It drags a bit in the middle but is still a solid effort.