Moms - Menomena
Metascore
81

Universal acclaim - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. Sep 20, 2012
    80
    Exuberant and direct, the album is a refreshing change from the subtle layering of Mines, finding the band at its most musically manic while delivering its most personal lyrics to date.
  2. Oct 2, 2012
    80
    Moms is an album that you will probably end up liking, and liking a lot, though it is also conversely an album that is hard to enjoy with its heart-on-its-sleeve sentiment and the realization that its creators might not be the most affable guys on the planet.
  3. Sep 20, 2012
    80
    Although Moms is the result of its two creators' putting themselves through the wringer, it never feels overshadowed by dread.
  4. Sep 28, 2012
    80
    The sheer velocity with which they throw ideas out makes this a mighty exhilarating record. [Nov 2012, p.77]
  5. Oct 22, 2012
    60
    The fifth album actually proves refreshingly unburdened by fashion. [Nov 2012, p.101]
  6. Oct 22, 2012
    80
    Possibly it's the glorious touch of melodic grandiosity forming the heart of Don't Mess With Latexas that supplies the most climatic moment to remember amid this remarkable, kaleidoscopic offering. [Nov 2012, p.84]
  7. Nov 20, 2012
    83
    By purging themselves of old ghosts in such a forceful manner, Seim and Harris have tapped into a wellspring of emotional catharsis with Moms.
  8. 80
    The newly reduced duo return with a fifth album that could be 2012's least likely coming-of-age.
  9. Sep 20, 2012
    85
    Ultimately Menomena only confirms what many already know--that love and relationships are tricky--but damn if it isn't an interesting ride.
  10. Oct 2, 2012
    80
    It's amazing, actually, that despite having been around for over a decade, through trauma and breakups and now their fifth record, Menomena still sound fresh and uncontrived and, well, endearingly innocent.
  11. Oct 4, 2012
    80
    Tales of inner demons and illusory loves firm up dark but euphoric sonic adventures, and it's hard not to share in the band's audible sense of exhilaration and excitement as each odyssey unfolds.
  12. Sep 20, 2012
    70
    You can feel that relaxed swagger throughout Moms thanks to some of Seim's slinkiest funk rhythms, and the giddy arena-rock guitar antics the pair allow to pop up throughout the proceedings. [Oct 2012, p.90]
  13. Oct 8, 2012
    80
    Taken as a whole, Moms outreaches and outpaces any of Menomena's previous works.
  14. Sep 20, 2012
    80
    The personal nature of the lyrics shouldn't be overlooked. It's what makes Moms feel less like an exercise in sonic exploration, and more like a flesh-and-blood rock record... that happens to also be an exercise in sonic exploration.
  15. Oct 1, 2012
    80
    As memorable as the lyrics are on Moms, its biggest strength is the way Harris and Seim's already quite similar vocals and contrasting worldviews effectively intertwine.
  16. Sep 20, 2012
    80
    It's a bold, intense and confrontational album that uplifts through catharsis.
  17. 80
    he songs are tighter and leaner than on Mines ("One Horse" throws off the mean), rarely wandering, with lyrical themes prevalent rather than all-consuming.
  18. Sep 20, 2012
    78
    It's not that Moms is anything less than a solid record (it's a pretty strong one, even, from a band that has yet to truly disappoint), but it's telling when on the penultimate track, "Don't Mess With Latexas," Seim sounds a bit deflated.
  19. Oct 1, 2012
    70
    While Moms never reaches the earwormy heights that it leads off with, there's still a bunch of choice moments [throughout the album]. [No.91 p. 56]
  20. Sep 24, 2012
    90
    [Moms is] about lamenting family trees and the things that created us worse for wear. Together, Harris and Seim have created a rock album punching the stomach the way their lyrics do.
  21. Moms is perfect evidence that Menomena are still more than capable of holding their own.
  22. Sep 20, 2012
    80
    With the lyrical focus on family life, this record is their most personal, powerful and cathartic yet.
  23. Sep 21, 2012
    80
    With one album completed under the new lineup, Harris and Seim show that they'll continue guiding Menomena in interesting, unpredictable directions.
  24. Oct 5, 2012
    80
    Mostly, it's a success.
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Oct 23, 2012
    7
    As a huge Menomena fan, this album was disappointing. Overall not a bad album, but easily their weakest effort yet. Not sure how much artistic input Brent Knopf had, but it seems to have made a difference. Full Review »