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  • Summary: The latest solo release from the Black Dice founding member expands the experimental dance style he begun on 2011's Limbo with samples and beats.
  • Record Label: DFA
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Indie Electronic, Experimental Rock, Noise-Rock
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  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
    Joke in the Hole is undoubtedly Eric Copeland's strongest release, a cycle of songs that brazenly possess both structural maturity and childlike weirdness.
  3. 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.
  4. Aug 13, 2013
    70
    Although Joke In The Hole is an enjoyable listen, it’s by no means an easy one.
  5. Sep 16, 2013
    70
    It just is: mindless, unfathomable--a little like the digital fracas of our online lives.
  6. 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.
  7. 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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