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Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Jun 28, 2011
    80
    Righteous dilettantes, the Coathangers' songs are simple and jarring-they're irreverent towards melody and their hooks jut at odd angles.
  2. Jun 20, 2011
    80
    While the ground The Coathangers find themselves treading is well-worn, it's their approach and general unpretentious demeanour that makes them and Larceny & Old Lace a delightfully engaging collection, even if the underlying message bears a hallmark of sadness and loss.
  3. 80
    By taking a few risks that work and doing what they do best--but doing it better--The Coathangers have given us their best album yet.
  4. Jun 13, 2011
    76
    The Coathangers' latest finds a notorious must-see live band finally capturing some of the energy of its shows on record.
  5. Jun 22, 2011
    75
    It makes for their strongest work yet.
  6. Jun 13, 2011
    75
    The Coathangers have moved beyond their admittedly thrilling party phase and are now aiming at sitting next to their post-punk heroes, most notably the underappreciated Erase Errata and The Coathangers' own Georgian predecessor, Pylon. And Larceny & Old Lace is a nervy, bracing step in that direction.
  7. Aug 11, 2011
    70
    The Coathangers are clearly a band in transition, and it's very possible that this album's disjointed nature is a result of the band throwing everything against the wall and seeing what sticks.
  8. Jun 16, 2011
    70
    Most tracks on Larceny aren't exactly catchy, but the band's incessant enthusiasm and punchy delivery show that there's more to good music than earworms.
  9. Jul 7, 2011
    67
    It doesn't flow as well as Scramble, but the Coathangers are masters of disguise, and Larceny's a straightforward punk album hiding darker feelings.
  10. Jun 13, 2011
    30
    The rest of the album varies the sonic assault in various ways, while striving to ensure that there are only occasional moments of listenability.

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