• Record Label: DFA
  • Release Date: Aug 6, 2013
Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Aug 8, 2013
    80
    Joke in the Hole is an unusually infectious outing for an artist whose recent work with Black Dice, although intermittently catchy, remains as unrelentingly challenging as it's ever been.
  2. Aug 6, 2013
    80
    Of Copeland's experiments with more traditional beat-making, it's easily the best, most accessible work and still manages to be more stunningly weird than the majority of everything else out there.
  3. Aug 6, 2013
    80
    Joke in the Hole is undoubtedly Eric Copeland's strongest release, a cycle of songs that brazenly possess both structural maturity and childlike weirdness.
  4. Aug 6, 2013
    75
    It’s endearing and off-putting in equal measure, the year’s strangest collection of bangers from the only mind twisted enough to produce it.
  5. Aug 6, 2013
    71
    Mostly it's like coming across a public-access channel late at night, where it never feels like the people on screen are fully in control. It works because Copeland isn't too rigidly stuck to his aesthetic, instead setting up his stall and letting the chaos pour in.
  6. Sep 16, 2013
    70
    It just is: mindless, unfathomable--a little like the digital fracas of our online lives.
  7. Aug 14, 2013
    70
    Though constantly teetering on a knife's edge--to be expected in such mental syncopated mashups--this is wildly colourful and knowingly absurd music. With a little trust from the listener, though, it works.
  8. Aug 13, 2013
    70
    Although Joke In The Hole is an enjoyable listen, it’s by no means an easy one.
  9. Sep 11, 2013
    60
    Copeland is an accomplished collage artist adept at combining the highbrow and the trashy, but when the individual bits are laid out on their own they can seem a bit throwaway.
  10. 60
    While this album shares a lot of qualities with the likes of Mr. Impossible, its straight to the jugular strike at being a groovy good time comes off a little less polished.
  11. As ever, he relies too much on accident to achieve interesting textures, flavours and rhythm, and only two tracks--‘Grapes’ and ‘Cheap Treat’--stand out as cohesive pieces.

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