Metascore
63

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Sep 27, 2013
    80
    While continuing to work in the box they've created for themselves, Yuck come across as far more amorphous than many first thought while still making an album that delivers on the promise of their shambolic debut.
  2. 75
    They’ve evolved in shocking ways, but still remain loyal to their m.o., and thickly smother everything in a shoegaze glaze; culminating in a record that’s smoother, smilier and more adventurous than their eponymous debut.
  3. Sep 30, 2013
    70
    They may be playing things that have already been heard before, but it’s a real pleasure to hear their take on the past.
  4. Sep 27, 2013
    70
    Enough of the sticky, fuzzy guitar rush remains (“Middle Sea”), though often only sneaking in and out of songs. Overall, the band continues towards an unfussy clarity to the instrumentation.
  5. Sep 27, 2013
    70
    Yuck probably aren't mourning Blumberg's loss, but Glow & Behold--though more scattershot and less striking than Yuck--would be an ambitious and creative coping mechanism. [Nov 2013, p.94]
  6. Oct 17, 2013
    65
    Glow and Behold is a solid, mature effort from Bloom and co., but as with so many difficult-second records, it's lacking in a lot of the irresistible energy and charm of its predecessor.
  7. Sep 27, 2013
    64
    While this carefully choreographed dance of feedback and vox is what made the post-punk wave so influential in the first place, Glow & Behold just misses the mark.
  8. Oct 1, 2013
    61
    While Yuck made listeners nostalgic for the first Clinton term, Glow & Behold will just make you wish it was 2011 again.
  9. Nov 27, 2013
    60
    Glow & Behold feels like a safe play. [No. 104, p.60]
  10. Oct 23, 2013
    60
    With Glow & Behold, Yuck have shown they can be more than the grunge gropers Billy Hamilton billed them as and have survived saying goodbye to Blumberg--a situation that could yet see them become an altogether different and far more interesting band. However, it’s hard to shake the feeling we’re not back where we started.
  11. Somewhere beneath the unconvincing sheen of these songs there’s a great band trying to break out. Maybe next time.
  12. 60
    Aside from a few enticing revelations of Bloom’s potential, Glow & Behold takes the band to a calming low after too many safe turns, diminishing the exciting luster they once exuded.
  13. Oct 3, 2013
    60
    Although it’s not as immediately catchy as their debut (but, hey, we’re almost saturated when it comes to revivalist bands), Glow & Behold proves they’ve got chops for a lengthy career.
  14. Oct 3, 2013
    60
    Bloom’s vocal debut with Glow & Behold is solid without ever being magnificent, staying within its means and applying a decoration to a sound that is cleaner and melodically stronger than its predecessor.
  15. Oct 3, 2013
    60
    Glow And Behold has its ups and downs and isn’t quite the coherent, self assured package that its predecessor was; instead it’s the sound of a band reconfiguring, trying to work out which way to go and what to do next.
  16. Sep 27, 2013
    60
    Not an entirely joyless album, but certainly a rather mature one.
  17. 60
    The slimmed-down Yuck's sound seems svelte of style, having lost most of its rougher edges and lo-fi feistiness. What's left builds on their Teenage Fanclub-style guitars'n'harmonies approach, but takes it in a less intriguing direction.
  18. Oct 1, 2013
    55
    Glow & Behold is never shrill or musically obnoxious, but it’s obnoxious how dull it is.
  19. Sep 30, 2013
    50
    All this record does is break the heart of anyone who fell in love with Yuck because of that album, and that's a real shame.
  20. 42
    Grab a latte and strap on your headphones, lovebirds--it’s about to get soft rock up in here.
  21. Oct 2, 2013
    40
    Yuck aren't actually terrible, but their second album--and first since the departure of frontman Daniel Blumberg--is just eminently forgettable.
User Score
5.9

Mixed or average reviews- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Oct 1, 2013
    4
    Whilst it's not the worst thing I've ever heard, it may be one of the most boring. What makes it worse is knowing what they're capable of.Whilst it's not the worst thing I've ever heard, it may be one of the most boring. What makes it worse is knowing what they're capable of. There are a few pretty moments here and then the rest is forgettable. Full Review »
  2. Oct 5, 2013
    8
    It's a grower. I also saw them live at their album launch and seeing them perform it live really injected a lot more charisma into the albumIt's a grower. I also saw them live at their album launch and seeing them perform it live really injected a lot more charisma into the album recordings, weirdly. Is it as good as the first album? No, but everything that I liked about the first album is still here. Full Review »