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  • Summary: The 15th studio release for the Cleveland post-punk group led by David Thomas is the band's idea of dance music.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. Jan 17, 2013
    100
    The new album's a stunning return to, and expansion from, seminal Ubu form.
  2. Jan 8, 2013
    80
    It's a rich and layered work that refuses to be easily summed up. [Jan 2013, p.69]
  3. Jan 22, 2013
    80
    Lady From Shanghai is another excellent addition to the Pere Ubu discography, the sound of a band using comparatively limited means to explore a deceptively broad spectrum of sound, confusing the boundaries between pop and the avant-garde.
  4. Jan 4, 2013
    70
    Last original member standing David Thomas remains inscrutable, defining Lady from Shanghai as an album of dance music. [Feb 2013, p.78]
  5. Feb 1, 2013
    70
    Lady From Shanghai is not an enjoyable record--it’s not meant to be--nor is it by far Pere Ubu’s finest or most original musically. Yet it deserves applause for what it attempts to achieve, which is largely successful.
  6. Jan 9, 2013
    70
    There's a real groove to be found here for those up for a slight challenge, and there are moments that are almost commercial in ambition.
  7. Jan 7, 2013
    40
    Lady from Shanghai, a mess of sonic blips and disorienting blotches of misshapen clutter, has no secrets; it's impossible to dig deeper into something that's only surface-deep.

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