Metascore
65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Oct 19, 2011
    83
    It's a mess of over-processed noise that sounds like one really long song. Incidentally, that's also what makes it such a layered, interesting listen.
  2. Oct 19, 2011
    78
    Gauntlet Hair lasts only nine songs. But they're all potential singles in their own right, all different.
  3. Oct 27, 2011
    70
    Conspired in their Windy City origins at Andy's grandmother's house, Gauntlet Hair the LP is otherwise a fantastical recording, a complete artistic metamorphosis from the pair's raw-dog early 7-inches for Forest Family and Mexican Summer that finds Andy and Craig refining their edge to reveal the silver lining behind their inherit sonic clutter.
  4. Oct 24, 2011
    70
    Okay, so it won't be most people's cup of tea, but Gauntlet Hair is a brave and defiantly individual effort.
  5. Oct 19, 2011
    70
    This horribly named duo's towering pop songs are buried so deep in reverberating juju that it's sometimes hard to follow them.
  6. Oct 19, 2011
    70
    A few listens into Gauntlet Hair and its charms start to coalesce.
  7. 70
    Their first full length proves to be a commanding venture with unrelenting attitude.
  8. 70
    Abe Vigoda, HEALTH and No Age's noise-pop inform the best parts of this fine debut LP, rendering it a swirling headfuck of manic energy mixed with blissed-out melody.
  9. Oct 25, 2011
    65
    There's nothing on Gauntlet Hair that rivals the pop-minded immediacy or the floor-stomping clamor of "I Was Thinking...," but it still manages to wade deeper into an abyss that few bands manage to come out of successfully.

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