More Parts Per Million

  • Record Label: Sub Pop
  • Release Date: Mar 4, 2003

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Uncut
    As with the best bedroom punk records, the bloody-knuckled passion and immediacy of these 13 rapid songs transcends any cavils about sound quality. [Oct 2003, p.130]
  2. Adding some variety to their tempos would make the band even more impressive, but with More Parts Per Million they've created a bracing, charming debut.
  3. It's messy and it's fun. Sometimes pop music isn't meant to be cleaned up and polished to death, and here is proof of that.
  4. Mojo
    Its songs hurtle at Buzzcocks pace and fizz with nagging melodies. [Jun 2003, p.110]
  5. They are pop and punk and rock and indie and a combination of all these things, but, more than all of the above, they are Harris' personal songs and they are incredible.
  6. Yet though the music may not win any originality awards - Sebadoh and Guided By Voices spring instantly to mind as precursors - there is a refreshing lack of pretension throughout.
  7. Alternative Press
    The sound is a little too consistent, as every spastic outburst starts to sound like the last midway through the album. [Apr 2003, p.86]
  8. All of the tunes are energetic, but their similarity will definitely become apparent by the time you reach the album's end.
  9. Q Magazine
    They've still managed to convert their technological shortcomings into some fuzzed-out, genuinely energised rocking. [Jul 2003, p.113]
  10. One problem with More Parts Per Million, however, is that, because most of the songs follow the same formula, it gets a little tiring after awhile, short as it is.
  11. More Parts Per Million revels in distorted, lo-fi counterintuitiveness to the point where it becomes a fifth member of the band.
  12. While the results aren’t exactly groundbreaking, they're undeniably loose, spirited and just plain fun.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. ShaneL
    Apr 12, 2003
    Despite the over-consistency, it does not drown itself. This is one those records that makes you smile just listening to it.
  2. Tuh
    Mar 22, 2003
    This is a great album, even though the songs are all very similar. I especially like the title song.
  3. JeremyL
    Mar 18, 2003
    It may often be unfair to rate the album based on live performances, but in this situation I have no choice. This is a dance record if there It may often be unfair to rate the album based on live performances, but in this situation I have no choice. This is a dance record if there ever was one, and bouncing around to "It's Trivia" or "No Culture Icons" at a show is akin to the joy I felt in the early days of teendom. Buy this cd, see this band. Full Review »