Metascore
74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Oct 18, 2013
    90
    Taken all in one sitting, the dashing Mole City is both way too much and way too little. [No. 103, p.60]
  2. Nov 1, 2013
    80
    It's an LP that gets through more ideas than most indie bands can manage in a lifetime. [Dec 2013, p.71]
  3. Sep 30, 2013
    80
    Once it's clear that anything can happen, the lack of a common sound makes each track an exciting new proposition, allowing the listener to feel a sense of discovery despite the fact that they've been listening to Quasi for as long as two decades now.
  4. 70
    On Mole City, Quasi embrace their scattered thoughts with a wink and a grin, and never let go.
  5. Sep 30, 2013
    70
    While the length is an issue, when Quasi do get it right, the results are up there with some of the best work they have produced over the last two decades.
  6. 70
    There's little, if any, regard for structure or convention, meaning that Mole City could be five tracks long or 50 and still happily exist in a brilliantly idiosyncratic bubble all of its own.
  7. Sep 30, 2013
    68
    Not the best Quasi introduction for first-time listeners, but there’s plenty for the band’s fans to love.
  8. Dec 4, 2013
    60
    Mole City is effective and enjoyable on several levels. What's missing in most tracks is some sizable degree of tension, something not so much applauded as internalized. [Nov-Dec 2013, p.97]
  9. Oct 18, 2013
    60
    A double album of prickly rock-outs, pugilistic odes, and utterly eerie ambient entr’actes bridging an anthology of lyricism that shunts your earbud-plugged head toward the mirror to take a good long look (and listen).
  10. Oct 4, 2013
    60
    Quasi are more turbulent in spirit, especially here on Mole City, a wayward, asymmetrical double album that sees them returning to the two-piece format after a period with Jicks bassist Joanna Bolme.
  11. Oct 1, 2013
    60
    Over 24 songs they constantly tremble on the brink of collapse yet they also manage to turn in such laser-guided songs as You Can Stay But You Gotta Go and Double Deuce. [Oct 2013, p.96]
  12. 60
    At its best, it’s vintage Quasi.... But at its worst, you find yourself checking the tracklist to see just how much more of the record is left.
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  1. Jan 5, 2014
    4
    Old-fashioned rock music. I would have liked that album if it was released 8 or 9 years ago. I was into that kind of music back then. Maybe inOld-fashioned rock music. I would have liked that album if it was released 8 or 9 years ago. I was into that kind of music back then. Maybe in the future i'll like it more. But now, it's just okay. It didn't catch my attention or imagination in any kind of way. It wasn't exciting enough. Full Review »