Last Night on Earth

  • Record Label: Matador
  • Release Date: Oct 8, 2013

Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
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  1. Oct 17, 2013
    An album in the old-school sense, with expansive tracks and detours that still add up to a cohesive whole, Last Night on Earth offers more proof that Ranaldo's music is just as satisfying, if not more so, on its own as it was as part of one of alternative rock's supergroups.
  2. Uncut
    Oct 8, 2013
    Last Night is ambitious, mature and noisy. [Nov 2013, p.78]
  3. Under The Radar
    Dec 4, 2013
    The songs here all sound faintly similar.... Still, much of Last Night On Earth merges jangly alt-rock with electric rainstorm skree to characteristically impressive effect. [Nov-Dec 2013, p.97]
  4. 70
    Almost every aural detail is simply pretty, every guitar texture inviting, and perhaps the most impressive part is that it’s here just one year after Times and Tides.
  5. Oct 8, 2013
    His lyrics are far more discursive and poetic, and grapple more strongly with existential issues. Musically, it can make for inspired moments like the wowing extended coda of “Blackt Out” or the Grateful Dead-like “Key-Hole.” Just as quickly, though, things can go sour.
  6. Oct 7, 2013
    It’s not Sonic Youth, but Ranaldo, haunted with memory and philosophizing all this time stuff, sounds like he’s indeed having the best time of his life.
  7. Oct 21, 2013
    He is comfortable enough with the sounds and effects we associate with Sonic Youth to replicate them without the intervening distance of reference, but he is also ready to push these sounds into other more conventionally tuneful byways.
  8. Magnet
    Oct 18, 2013
    [A] very rewarding LP. [No. 103, p.61]
  9. 70
    It’s difficult, though, to listen to fifty percent of Sonic Youth making endearingly experimental music and feel obliged to pick faults with it. When Last Night on Earth gets it right, the results are magical--the searing ‘The Rising Tide’ is the highlight of any post-Youth output to date.
  10. The Wire
    Dec 11, 2013
    Although there are still psych-rock moments that recall the strident moves of Quicksilver Messenger Service or Spirit, it's a darker and more straightforward album than 2012's Between The Times And The Tides. [Nov 2013, p.63]
  11. Classic Rock Magazine
    Oct 25, 2013
    [An] agreeable, mildly self-indulgent album. [Nov 2013, p.93]

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