Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. Dec 10, 2012
    Another quiet triumph, then, exclusively on their own terms. [17 Nov 2012, p.55]
  2. Dec 4, 2012
    Familiar moves all, by two musicians with whom familiarity breeds contentment.[No. 93, p.57]
  3. Nov 16, 2012
    Californian duo's first LP for five years is a downbeat delight.
  4. Oct 30, 2012
    Information Received is expertly manicured but never manufactured.
  5. Oct 19, 2012
    The highs are higher, the lows are lower and what resonates in the middle is a frontrunner for one of the best summer-transitions-into-fall records that you'll hear in a long, long time. [Nov 2012, p.94]
  6. Oct 17, 2012
    Even though Information Retrieved is an excellent album, it won't do a whole lot to win over anyone who has already decided that Pinback isn't for them. For everyone else, the album delivers plenty of the gloomy/sunny/plaintive/happy pop that has made them one of the more instantly recognizable bands in the indie landscape.
  7. Oct 17, 2012
    From start to finish, Information Retrieved sounds confident and deliberate, a consummate release from two deft musicians who've made every note count.
  8. Nov 14, 2012
    Information Retrieved achieves an interesting balance between showcasing Pinback's unique take on classic indie rock and offering something that's immediately familiar, something with the air of an old acquaintance.
  9. Dec 7, 2012
    The change becomes Pinback rather well, with newfound self-assurance adding warmth to their melodic nous: sweet and soulful.
  10. Nov 16, 2012
    While it may be an album with a fairly prescribed pattern, it's one that is done so well and embellished so cutely, that it leaves you feeling an enormous sense of contentment.
  11. Oct 22, 2012
    Information Retrieved's value lies in its stark denial of what fashionable indie rock is these days; it's an admirable and frustrating time warp to the days when Sunny Day Real Estate were cutting edge.
  12. Oct 18, 2012
    For an album of such wide-open sounds and ideas, Information Retrieved has a true knack for living in, and succeeding on, the smallest of details.
  13. Oct 17, 2012
    [Listening to the album is like] a reunion with an old friend, but not necessarily a close one. For half an hour, you think "why don't we do this more often?" until it ends and you remember how frustrating they can be.
  14. Oct 17, 2012
    Even at its coolest, Pinback's music has never felt cold. Information Retrieved, though, rarely rises above lukewarm.
  15. Dec 11, 2012
    More depth, and a few metaphorical tidal waves, wouldn't go amiss. [Jan 2013, p.109]
  16. Nov 5, 2012
    A lot of the time, this album doesn't do enough to sound much more than merely pleasant.
  17. Dec 17, 2012
    Even the most ardent of fans may find themselves somewhat irked to be given essentially the same album, from the same band for the fourth time.
  18. 30
    All Information Retrieved provides is leaking creative inertia.
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  1. Dec 18, 2012
    Another great album from Pinback. If you were a fan of their earlier work, you'll love this album. If there were any negatives it would beAnother great album from Pinback. If you were a fan of their earlier work, you'll love this album. If there were any negatives it would be that it's too similar to the older albums, but I'm ok with that. Full Review »