• Record Label: Sub Pop
  • Release Date: May 28, 2012
Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. May 29, 2012
    88
    Feel-good nostalgia meets the stoned Dazed and Confused-types and the glam-punks halfway. The album's fuzzed-out appeal ... makes it a summer go-to disc.
  2. Jun 12, 2012
    87
    The results, especially when they give equal time to his natural charm and knob-twiddler Bobby Harlow's clearly natural talent ("Keep On Movin'"), are nothing short of spectacular.
  3. Sep 28, 2012
    80
    The album, reminiscent of Jon Spencer at times, exudes a deep love of rock 'n' roll on each track. [Nov 2012, p.77]
  4. Jun 29, 2012
    80
    This sticky mess is his best yet.
  5. May 29, 2012
    80
    The seamless quality of the songs also speaks to the album as a whole, which is conceived as an album, but not a concept. The songs lead into one another, harken back, fuse together into one big rock statement that says nothing more than rock n' roll itself. King Tuff is fun and that's all you can ask.
  6. May 29, 2012
    78
    King Tuff feels like the couch surfer friend you invite to your house party, the one who's often charming and fun but will not leave until every last drop of beer is gone.
  7. Though it may lack a song with the immediacy of something like "Girls FM," the tracks on King Tuff represent some of the best work of the career of a man who's hopefully just getting started.
  8. Aug 9, 2012
    70
    Thomas has a near prodigy-like ability to generate indelible hooks that pull from a relatively deep well of inspiration.
  9. Jun 25, 2012
    70
    The greasy, catchy garage-pop on the Vermont-bred singer's second record sneers like convenience store parking lot stoners.
  10. May 29, 2012
    70
    A fully realized summer record from the street to the beach to the campfire.
  11. May 29, 2012
    70
    Calling on a series of well worn rock staples, King Tuff is a fine album that pushes no boundaries, but is quite content to get the party started.
  12. Oct 12, 2012
    40
    More quality control wouldn't have gone amiss. [Jul 2012, p.104]
User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Jun 22, 2012
    9
    This album is sheer brilliance. It contains the right mood, the vibe, the spirit of rock and roll. Amazing, uplifting and greatly writtenThis album is sheer brilliance. It contains the right mood, the vibe, the spirit of rock and roll. Amazing, uplifting and greatly written songs on this album made me want more and more. I can only recommend this to all fans of rock and roll as it became an istant classic for me. Full Review »