Hot Shit - Quasi

Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. 100
    Coomes' blatant, almost hilarious, display of his guitar mastery is fun to hear. His solos and fills ride front-and-center, perfect and expansive and insane.
  2. Quasi have managed to drive their sound in a completely new direction without becoming self-indulgent. [#5, p.102]
  3. It’s an old trick: happy music, sad words. But Quasi has elevated the strategy to an art form, and it’s nearly impossible to resist the sugar rush of the band’s sound in collision with Coomes’ black musings.
  4. Aside from being a strikingly orchestrated affair that ranks among Quasi's best work, Hot Shit! is the fully-realized version of Quasi that Coomes has envisioned since the beginning.
  5. 83
    Quasi sound feistier than they have in years. [Nov 2003, p.114]
  6. 80
    There are long, gloriously messy instrumental passages, and Coomes pulls off a bunch of swaggering guitar solos. [Oct 2003, p.126]
  7. Quasi's crass sense of humor is in full force, but throughout their witty criticisms Quasi are imaginative songwriters and conscious of their curiously cool indie rock style.
  8. 80
    Quasi has finally crafted a studio work that exudes the same whiff of spontaneity that's always been evident in performance. [#61, p.105]
  9. Much of Hot Shit! sounds like backward-leaning, forward-looking protest music.
  10. Coomes and Weiss' compact set up maintans an awkward dynamic balancing natural elegance with barbed experiment to sustain the music's flux of design and accident. [#235, p.64]
  11. Though things can get a bit maudlin, Quasi's tough-love hipster blues have a raw, lived-in charm. [19 Sep 2003, p.97]
  12. 70
    Coomes' slide work is effective and expressive. [#7, p.93]
  13. Somehow the whole thing remains shambolically tuneful and engaging. [2 Oct 2003, p.121]
  14. Protest songs that are both insidiously hummable and foot-stompingly rocking.
  15. Neither hot nor shit; it's one of those albums you might buy on impulse and be neither disappointed nor overwhelmed by.
  16. From the ugly album art to the stupid title to the strange, messy songs, it's hard to tell if the band is growing up or just goofing off.
  17. Stricken by the same backward-looking guitar worship disease that seems to have struck many in the indie community, the relentless string-bending and beer-bottle slides can't help but sound like stale recidivism.
  18. Hot Shit immediately announces its intention to be a purposely difficult listen, and the difficulty persists through the album's eleven tracks.

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