Major Arcana - Speedy Ortiz
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 20 Ratings

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  • Summary: The debut full-length debut for the Massachusetts indie rock band led by Sadie Dupuis was produced by Justin Pizzoferrato.
  • Record Label: Carpark Records
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Jul 8, 2013
    80
    Stripping away the frills, at heart Major Arcana is a mournful treasure that asks to be celebrated.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Jul 8, 2013
    60
    Major Arcana is certainly not a perfect debut and does have some flaws, but it succeeds in establishing Speedy Ortiz as a band with promise and scope to build on.

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