Metascore
69

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 12
  2. Negative: 2 out of 12
  1. Taken alone, each of these songs sounds exciting and raw. Taken together, Low Kick and Hard Bop is further proof, if any was necessary, that this is a woman posessed of a singular talent and an even more singular vision.
  2. Low Kick and Hard Bop doesn't necessarily lend itself to all listening situations, and may even be tiring at times. It can, however, enlighten and surprise the listener.
  3. The cool thing about Solex's sampledelia is that she can do it with humour and still avoid the high-frequency buzzing, 60s hi-fi demonstration records and bongwater bubble traps.
  4. It's an evocative and wildly creative, but not immediately accessible collection.
  5. 80
    Often, there's a subtle, troubled uncercurrent that pulls the cheer back when it threatens to turn saccharine. [#52, p.103]
  6. 80
    Great tunes delivered in ways you'd never dreamed of. [Oct 2001, p.122]
  7. There is a kind of exuberance you thought went out of fashion with The B-52s. [#211, p.66]
  8. The consistency of Solex material is potentially the agent of its own downfall. Play Solex vs. the Hitmeister after Low Kick and Hard Bop and you might think that they were recorded at the same time, rather than four years apart.
  9. 60
    This girl's gritty production and fluid time signature shifts make for an intriguing listen. [Oct 2001, p.134]
  10. Esselink's vocals and obtuse lyrics lack any range or variety. [#32, p.57]
  11. There seems to be little craft in the results; Solex hasn't found much art in her noises.
  12. She mixes sloppy beat work with awkward singing that makes her songs feel like tossed-off indie pop.
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. LeonardoF
    Apr 30, 2005
    10
    I can't get tired of it, one of Solex's best works.
  2. DickUlus
    Nov 1, 2003
    10
    Great record, no m ore, no less