Light Up Gold - Parquet Courts

Universal acclaim - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. Apr 15, 2013
    It’s a pitching and yawing listen, and it’s compelling and punchy in a way that’ll have you bouncing straight out of your chair.
  2. Jan 14, 2013
    Parquet Courts have produced a debut that's both instantly addictive and lastingly rewarding: a smart, snappy concoction of worldly wisdom and garage-rock gratification.
  3. The hook on these 14 two-minute songs isn't tunes except occasionally. It's whichever of the two guys who "sing, if you must call it that" comes packing the most anxiety.
  4. Apr 15, 2013
    By intention or coincidence, the band's debut boils over with frustration. And all you crave is a piece of it.
  5. 90
    Light Up Gold is one of the best debut albums you'll hear all year.
  6. Jan 14, 2013
    The album is sometimes languid, often jittery and beaming, but mostly an almost subconsciously storytelling collection of moments that would be boring and forgettable if they weren't captured in songs so accidentally perfect.
  7. May 30, 2013
    It's an album of brainy rock songs that state their claims then defiantly step out from beneath the ethereal haze.
  8. The album's relative indie rock minimalism stands out in stark contrast to many other bands who feel that this kind of straightforward approach is either too uninteresting or too tied to certain years in music.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 46 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Feb 8, 2013
    This is the most exciting new band I've heard in years. The lyrics are as instantly relateable and as obscure as slanted and/or enchanted, the tempos are fierce, the beats relentless. Godspeed the future and the past all at once. Full Review »
  2. Feb 28, 2014
    If this album was a cocktail,it would taste like this:
    It is like "Is this It" "Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not" and like some
    old dad-countryrock band mixed with a touch of chili powder. Full Review »
  3. Feb 16, 2014
    Light Up Gold has its Clumsy moments, where perhaps the guitar solo's feel less as skilled, and the vocals get a little irritating, but aside from that, Light Up Gold not only has the occasional class song, but it sounds like a new heart and soul from a band that had an idea, and got through with it rather successfully. Full Review »