Laced

  • Record Label: Fat Cat
  • Release Date: May 10, 2011
Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
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  1. Jun 2, 2011
    83
    Laced is more than a real step-up for Psychedelic Horseshit, it's the best album of its kind I've heard this year.
  2. Dec 9, 2011
    80
    The name Psychedelic Horseshit is more accurate than ever, as they truly sound psychedelic for the first time, surrounded by wild soundbursts and shiny musical squiggles that would probably be called "horseshit" by most mainstream rock fans...In a way, it's perfect. A perfect mess.
  3. May 20, 2011
    80
    For once, he can consider the game well and truly played.
  4. May 20, 2011
    80
    Shit, Laced is not. The debut album is a testament to Psychedelic Horseshit's incredible versatility.
  5. Uncut
    May 20, 2011
    80
    Crucially, though, sardonically strong melodies underpin the, er, shit. [Jun 2011, p.94]
  6. May 20, 2011
    73
    Laced is indeed bigger and bolder than previous albums, which is somewhat ironic since it has a more intimate, made-in-the-bedroom feel than the band's earlier basement forays.
  7. Jun 30, 2011
    70
    PH's previous efforts (the live shows, in particular) have been experiments in what an average listener can take, punctuated with bursts of pleasant catchiness. On Laced, Whitehurst has inverted the ratio, which works, which means the more grating leftovers can be appreciated for the oddities they are.
  8. 70
    Noise music has been content to let its harsh aesthetics do the talking alone for too long; with Laced, Whitehurst has challenged that paradigm.
  9. Jun 10, 2011
    60
    Laced is good and fun, but not entirely memorable; the melodies fade back into the pop encyclopedia and the synth noises lose their sheen.
  10. The Wire
    Aug 12, 2011
    50
    Laced never stays still long enough to be pinned down. [Jun 2011, p.57]
  11. May 31, 2011
    50
    If ambition of design were to take precedence over tangible results, Laced would be a great album. It is an elaborate attempt at uniting heavy-handed artistic endeavours through exotic instrumentation and experimental sounds, with a lo-fi crass, lifelike production, giving it the feel of a bold art exhibit found lying on the sidewalk of a dirty street infested with lowly people, as opposed to a quaint art gallery.

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