Matricidal Sons Of Bitches - Matthew Friedberger
Metascore
50

Mixed or average reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 12
  2. Negative: 2 out of 12
  1. Oct 31, 2012
    60
    As it stands, its mix of tiny triumphs and incomplete ramblings will make all but Friedberger's most die-hard fans long for a Fiery Furnaces reunion.
  2. Oct 31, 2012
    60
    Friedberger sits at his keyboard noodling around on little motifs with slight variation here and there, which do evoke cinematic cues. But without the images on the silver screen, it becomes the music of buttons being pushed which gets old quickly.
  3. Oct 31, 2012
    60
    Unsurprisingly, this collection does sometimes border on becoming stale; 10-30 second fillers appear somewhat pointlessly bookended between certain tracks. But, more often than not, Friedberger does spice things up.
  4. Nov 15, 2012
    60
    Matricidal Sons of Bitches frequently dazzles, but there are more than few moments of frustration along the way.
  5. Dec 4, 2012
    50
    The odd, sublime nod to the blues is a pleasant shock in what registers as a 45-track hour-long lark--the latest in a long, winding series of digressions from the auteur's core competency. [No. 93, p.55]
  6. Nov 29, 2012
    60
    A backstory so real you'll swear you've seen the flick. [Dec 2012, p.96]
  7. Nov 15, 2012
    60
    On first listen, Matricidal sounds like an hour of Friedberger playing with all the buttons on his keyboards, taking no care to connect sounds or smooth the edits. Yet taken as a whole and with time, it evokes something melancholy, strange and nostalgic--equally beautiful and eerie.
  8. Oct 31, 2012
    49
    What puts listeners in a difficult spot is that, no matter how infuriating it gets, Matricidal Sons of Bitches is clearly the product of serious compositional intention; it's not an accidental mess.
  9. Nov 7, 2012
    20
    The most regrettable aspect of Matricidal Sons of Bitches is the recognition that Friedberger no longer sounds like an innovator.
  10. Nov 21, 2012
    20
    They run a schizophrenic gamut of cinematic moods that bleed into one another jammed together into one disorienting hour that reaches its end without any discernible narrative reward. [Dec 2012, p.104]
  11. Dec 7, 2012
    70
    It takes a while to get on Friedberger's wavelength.... But his sheer love of a good tune is seductive. [Dec 2012, p.63]
  12. Nov 1, 2012
    70
    Many of the ideas could easily be expanded into larger pieces, but Friedberger's decision to present them as one massive showcase manages the neat trick of marrying technical mastery with nostalgia and, in doing so, creates some of his most compelling solo work to date.
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  1. Nov 10, 2012
    9
    A little gem. The album consists of pretty, moody, catchy variations on a cohesive theme. Quieter, less crowd-pleasing that some of his other efforts, but full of emotion, ideas, and memorable melodies as usual. Matthew is a brilliant guy. Those who can't enjoy him are missing out. Full Review »