Get Color - HEALTH

Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. 90
    HEALTH will still be written off as noise, but for fans, it sounds like the quartet tapped into its groove.
  2. On Get Color, though, the frenetic impulses from two years back have been carefully tempered, the percussive backbone more sharply honed and the ear-bleeding textures more cleverly implemented.
  3. Get Color goes by fast and leaves the listener satisfied but begging for more wonderful, eardrum punishing noise.
  4. That’s what this is, a record with definition and character, a pointed move away from the nerve-frying, oft random lurches of HEALTH.
  5. 80
    Still short on humanity, true, but possessed with an alien sort of beauty. [Oct 2009, p.98]
  6. For many, Health's noisy tendencies will be a bit much, but those who aren't afraid to dig deeper will be rewarded greatly.
  7. Get Color is exactly what a sophomore release should be: a deepening of and expansion upon the promise laid out by the band’s first record.
  8. HEALTH's musical talent can be heard during every song on this album, but there is also some room to grow--another good sign of a promising new band.
  9. Get Color builds on the success of HEALTH in all the right ways, proving the band worthy of an intimidating amount of hype while defying the expectations that come with it.
  10. On Get Color Health hit upon a noise that’s all their own. If they make the kind of leap between albums two and three that they did between one and two, Health’s third album should be nothing short of spectacular.
  11. This being their (sort of) third album, HEALTH have ostensibly defined their formula and they seem content with that, tweaking without straying from their core of grating guitars, ghostly vocals, and the occasional synth.
  12. Get Color is a hell of a tease, proving that Health is still an extraordinary band, but not always treating listeners to the full package.
  13. So naturally the big question now is if the rest of Get Color lives up to the promise of 'Die Slow.' The answer is that it does... kind of.
  14. Get Color is not the easiest listen. But it is just as--if not--more exciting than any other HEALTH 's past recordings. [Fall 2009, p.63]
  15. 70
    Guitars and synths, both shimmering and scouring (depending on the volume level), can’t quite override the sweet harmonies at the heart of 'Die Slow,' nor can the toms stop them on 'Death+' or 'We Are Water.'
  16. Don't get too far ahead of yourself--a sing-along is virtually impossible since deciphering HEALTH's lyrics is quite a challenge. They may have mature a bit, but some things will never change. [Oct 2009, p.110]
  17. It’s not that the album suffers too much from being stuck in traction that it won’t still be appealing to fans of the first album. It’s just that, in terms of expectations, it isn’t the game changer that many of us were expecting.
  18. 56
    Get Color may not be as revelatory as its predeccessors, but its slight merits gradually ooze into the wounds it so fiendishly creates. [Fall 2009, p. 102]
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Oct 23, 2011
    Have you ever wondered if there is any connection between bandâ