Moody, Standard and Poor

  • Record Label: Sub Pop
  • Release Date: Mar 29, 2011
Metascore
74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
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  1. Mar 28, 2011
    80
    What the Obits do reasonably but not remarkably well isn't as important as where they excel on Moody, Standard and Poor, and when the pieces mesh just right, this band does guitar back-and-forth as well as anyone since Television, and rocks a whole lot harder to boot.
  2. Aug 19, 2011
    80
    Whether you're at home alphabetizing your record collection or marking time in your car while stuck in a traffic gridlock, throw this album on if you haven't been rocked enough lately.
  3. Mar 30, 2011
    68
    While Obits may have ditched the buzz and scrape of their roots, that music's sweaty abandon, or the pursuit thereof, is still deeply embedded in Obits' sound. And that never goes out of fashion.
  4. Apr 15, 2011
    80
    Dave Grohl is a veteran -- the world does not need another record from him. The world needs Obits.
  5. Apr 7, 2011
    70
    For the most part however, this is a focused and enjoyable stomp.
  6. Mar 29, 2011
    67
    Obits' second album, Moody, Standard, And Poor, could use a little less logic and a lot more shock.
  7. Mar 28, 2011
    70
    The songs are powerfully wiry and declamatory.
  8. Alternative Press
    Mar 29, 2011
    80
    It's all about perfect guitar tones, what frontman Rick Froberg doesn't say and the space Obits give their songs to breathe--even though it's evident it's not for lack of technical ability. [Apr 2011, p.115]
  9. Mar 31, 2011
    70
    No matter what band he's playing with, Froberg has always had a great ear for guitar tones, and here, he and second guitarist/vocalist Sohrab Habibion whittle down their instruments into scythes, dialing down their more surfy tendencies in favor of guitars that lurk during the verses and slice only at the most opportune moments for maximum impact.
  10. Mar 28, 2011
    76
    Lyrically, the songs revolve around topics of drinking, women, forgiveness...stuff that could pretty much write itself at this point. It's nothing new, but it's nothing bad, either.
  11. 70
    Obits revels in the sort of music that's at the other end of the spectrum from brooding introspection and critical listening; these songs don't ask for a response so much as they demand a reaction.
  12. Mar 28, 2011
    75
    Reliable cynicism, not artistic invention, is the band's forte (Moody blends into one big damaged canvas), but Froberg's vitriol is still intoxicating.
  13. Kerrang!
    Apr 4, 2011
    80
    Don't be fooled by any revivalist tosh out at the moment, this really is the real deal. [26 Mar 2011, p.52]

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