Excellent Italian Greyhound

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8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7

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  1. 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.
  2. UsualChannels
    Jun 29, 2007
    10
    It's great. It certainly does not tread water. It is willfully brutish and loose. If you like them, give it 5 or 6 listens and you'll love it. If you're not too familiar, start with At Action Park.
  3. 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) 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
  4. 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 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 anythingThe 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. Expand
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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. 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.