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. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 80
    There are long, gloriously messy instrumental passages, and Coomes pulls off a bunch of swaggering guitar solos. [Oct 2003, p.126]
  4. 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.
  5. Though things can get a bit maudlin, Quasi's tough-love hipster blues have a raw, lived-in charm. [19 Sep 2003, p.97]
  6. 70
    Coomes' slide work is effective and expressive. [#7, p.93]
  7. 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.
  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. Neither hot nor shit; it's one of those albums you might buy on impulse and be neither disappointed nor overwhelmed by.
  10. 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.
  11. Hot Shit immediately announces its intention to be a purposely difficult listen, and the difficulty persists through the album's eleven tracks.
  12. Somehow the whole thing remains shambolically tuneful and engaging. [2 Oct 2003, p.121]
  13. 83
    Quasi sound feistier than they have in years. [Nov 2003, p.114]
  14. 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.
  15. Much of Hot Shit! sounds like backward-leaning, forward-looking protest music.
  16. 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]
  17. Quasi have managed to drive their sound in a completely new direction without becoming self-indulgent. [#5, p.102]
  18. Protest songs that are both insidiously hummable and foot-stompingly rocking.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. JesseF
    Oct 5, 2003
    'Featuring "Birds"' is still the one to get, if you're getting only one...which isn't even to mention the Donner Party, whose second album may very well be the great lost album of the 80s. But unlike Quasi's last two albums, this isn't more of the same but worse. It's a new sound, and a good one, and one that fits Coomes' acerbic songwriting just as well as the ol' Roxichord did. Full Review »
  2. jeff
    Oct 3, 2003
    Hot Shit's terrible cover is quickly overlooked after a couple listens. I haven't been this hooked on in record in years. music with meaning, angst and rhythem. Full Review »
  3. Richard
    Sep 11, 2003
    Album of the Year. Politically relevant, phenomenal musicianship, beautiful as a whole. To put it blunt, it stuns. Sam and Janet once again destroy the "rock and roll" revivalists with raw energy, wit, and tunes to boot. I say it again. It stuns. Full Review »