Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. This album is the prescription for anyone who thinks rock has imploded or has nothing new to offer.
  2. Ultimately, "Broken Arm" is more about indulging a massively skewed sonic perspective than a collection of songs.
  3. With Broken Arm, Marnie Stern has delivered a frenetic and ridiculously entertaining debut.
  4. This music is intensely free, ecstatic and original. But make no mistake - it’s very, very hard to listen to.
  5. Unfortunately, In Advance isn't an EP, and things falter a bit past the halfway mark.
  6. This is a pretty good start for Stern, and a lot of crazy young people will blow out their eardrums to this in the next several months. But her next record will be clearer—and more interesting—than this one is.
  7. In Advance of the Broken Arm is at least two songs too long. Yet Stern's manner of weaving together fiercely subjective, lyrical daydreaming with Olympus-level fret-searing finally means that the album justifies the majority of its many decisions.
  8. Most of it... feels as weighty and emotive as Sleater Kinney, or as seductive as Mary Timony in the mid-90s: fully-formed, feminine indie rock.
  9. The year’s most exciting rock ’n’ roll album. [26 Feb 2007]
  10. Juggling potential contradictions with the greatest of ease, In Advance of the Broken Arm ushers in a new voice in rock, one that seems poised to be blazing trails for years to come.
  11. 80
    Combine[s] utterly maddening complexity with candyfloss pop hooks. [Jun 2007, p.108]

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