Golden Ocean - 50 Foot Wave

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. It's fantastic stuff-- at its best, the innate catchiness of Hersh's writing gets a shot in the arm from her cavalier vocals and musical caterwauling.
  2. Whoa, is it ever tough, but wow, is it ever great.
  3. Hersh's songwriting is as detailed and dynamic as ever, but the intricacies are less apparent when delivered with such heat-seeking power.
  4. She's lyrically sharp as ever, and switches gears and works in nice melodies just enough to soften the edges, luring fans in before she pummels them.
  5. Rarely do records come around that are such a great mix of a physical adrenaline rush combined with intellectualism.
  6. Sure, Hersh could be your mom, but only if your mom routinely blows out big stacks of Marshall amps.
  7. 80
    Her textured roar means even the less melodic songs have traction. [May 2005, p.103]
  8. It's deliciously painful. [Aug/Sep 2005, p.111]
  9. 70
    The loudest record [Hersh] has ever made, and even if few individual compositions leap out of the general roar, it sounds fantastic. [Apr 2005, p.116]
  10. 60
    The songs may work better in short, sudden bursts; over 11 tracks, you can feel bludgeoned by the band's blunt force. [Apr 2005, p.112]
  11. Recalls the riffola of Bleach-era Nirvana, complete with sludgy Led Zeppelin-esque guitars. [May 2005, p.110]
  12. Only the album-ending title track tones down the noise, and even then, it's about as restrained as early Husker Du. [May 2005, p.132]
  13. No matter what vehicle Hersh utilizes as an outlet, it’s obvious her creative wave has yet to crest.
  14. [Hersh's] clamorous return to Electric Ladyland does little, though, except to cover some fair tunes with layers of cathartic thrashing. [11 Mar 2005, p.102]
  15. 80
    Violent, seething and uncompromising. [#67, p.96]

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