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. 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.
  2. May 30, 2013
    It's an album of brainy rock songs that state their claims then defiantly step out from beneath the ethereal haze.
  3. 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.
  4. Jan 15, 2013
    While Light Up Gold's re-release is quite literally nothing new, it's sure to garner a rash of deserved credit this time around, opening Parquet Courts to a wider audience that can further foster the appreciation of this excellent album.
  5. 80
    Light Up Gold may sound like a string of slacker anthems, but it's so much deeper than that.
  6. Apr 15, 2013
    By intention or coincidence, the band's debut boils over with frustration. And all you crave is a piece of it.
  7. Jan 17, 2013
    Most of Light Up Gold's songs are either filled with clever insights or self-aware honesty.
  8. Jan 15, 2013
    A little more variety certainly would flesh out the band's releases, but as it stands these 15 songs fit together nicely, giving the impression of one deliriously long writing session.
  9. 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.
  10. Apr 11, 2013
    As the title of the opening song goes, Parquet Courts are swiftly becoming masters of their craft on an assured debut album brimming with unimpeachably great songs.
  11. 90
    Light Up Gold is one of the best debut albums you'll hear all year.
  12. Jan 28, 2013
    A finely crafted collection of indie rock.
  13. Jan 24, 2013
    Most songs clock in under two and a half minutes but manage to say plenty.
  14. Jan 14, 2013
    Light Up Gold finds Parquet Courts looking to breakout through any available means: intense reflection, resin hits, or rock'n'roll.
  15. Apr 2, 2013
    More and more, the term [slacker is] just a synonym for the young, frustrated, and disenfranchised, and Light Up Gold strikes a nerve as a result.
  16. Mar 28, 2013
    There’s enough that’s interesting and/or good about Light Up Gold to give it a solid recommendation, with the caveat that Savage’s voice is likely an acquired taste.
  17. May 13, 2013
    Parquet Courts are a charmingly old-fashioned band, transmitting cryptic, collapsible songs to an anyone who can build a receiver from Guided By Voices-coloured vinyl and Pavement fanzines. [Jun 2013, p.104]
  18. Jan 28, 2013
    Parquet Courts are especially versed in the clipped, repetitive buzz of Wire's '77 classic Pink Flag, but, like Pavement, they soften post-punk's cranky edge with the glazed, lonely wonderment of fresh, wide-eyed New York transplants.
  19. Jan 14, 2013
    Parquet Courts' over-the-top energy, speed, and succinctness makes the combination sound fresher than anything the original elements have managed in years.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 80
    Light Up Gold isn’t total hedonism, but as riotous, guitar-led escapes from the drudgery of the day to day go, it’s more than enough fun to convince you to go along for the ride.
  23. Feb 11, 2013
    The singing and songwriting mostly split between Austin Brown and Mr. Savage, who are astute enough to write taut, smart lyrics, and self-aware enough to arch an eyebrow while maintaining the pose.
  24. Apr 25, 2013
    Light Up Gold packs 15 songs in 33 minutes, and most are great. [Jun 2013, p.78]
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 47 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 »