Metascore
81

Universal acclaim - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Jul 8, 2013
    70
    Many listeners may find themselves drawn in by the authentic retro indie style and musical similarities to bands like Bettie Serveert and Helium, but the daring, experimental mystique and whip-smart pop melodies ultimately make Major Arcana grow infectious with repeated listens.
  2. Jul 8, 2013
    80
    Major Arcana sounds like a girl’s (or dude’s) animated beer-soaked bar vent and its crafty delivery makes it entertaining, therapeutic, and universal.
  3. Aug 30, 2013
    80
    Her confessionalism hits harder with the muscle of her band behind her words.
  4. 80
    This is the real deal, ripped from notebook pages, the torn, frilly edges still hanging on.
  5. Jul 8, 2013
    80
    Stripping away the frills, at heart Major Arcana is a mournful treasure that asks to be celebrated.
  6. Aug 9, 2013
    70
    This is a significant step up for an already promising band. Speedy Ortiz may not be major yet, but they won’t be arcana for long.
  7. 90
    One of the reasons Major Arcana works so well is because it’s addictive and fun, which could explain how these characters got into such a mess in the first place.
  8. Jul 19, 2013
    70
    You may well have to look elsewhere for music that will one day remind you of 2013, but this is still a great, brief blast of noisy, off-kilter rock; a consistent debut which sounds better each time you hear it.
  9. Jul 8, 2013
    80
    Rather than merely rehashing sounds of yesteryear, Speedy Ortiz add modern rock ’n’ roll strokes to their take on fuzzy noise pop.
  10. Jul 12, 2013
    84
    With its quaking rhythms, twisted riffage, and jet-black wit, Major Arcana is a redemptive ode to the broken bones that grew back together a little crooked--the ones that taught Dupuis how to walk in her own weird way.
  11. Sep 16, 2013
    80
    Its free-falling lyrics reflect Dupuis’s poetic side, and the swaths of guitar rock bands it hearkens back to are good for classifying it, but it’s a record that wraps words around music.
  12. 83
    As Speedy Ortiz prove here, sometimes it takes insightful, clever and slightly juvenile truths built upon a wall of screeching, occasionally discordant pop to have a good time.
  13. Jul 9, 2013
    91
    Major Arcana is a markedly assured debut, one that makes Speedy Ortiz an act to watch. Like its songs, the band’s detonation is inevitable.
  14. Aug 28, 2013
    80
    Speedy Ortiz take the most captivating musical elements of their forbears and push them to glorious new heights. [Aug-Sep 2013, p.100]

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