Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. May 24, 2012
    80
    Despite its party-hard attitude, Natural History has a thoughtful, searching soul.
  2. May 24, 2012
    79
    They may have changed up their game, but Dope Body still nail the sweet spot between savagery and self-awareness.
  3. This record is a perfect soundtrack for any drunken destruction party, tantrum, or any other moment of great primitivism.
  4. May 24, 2012
    78
    Natural History is an invigorating listen, which may say as much about today as it does about the band.
  5. May 30, 2012
    75
    Nupping proved it, and Natural History amplifies the point that Dope Body are a completely unimpeachable unit from a musical standpoint: able to fit in with contemporaries while still sounding undoubtedly like themselves, carrying on the proud outsider-rock tradition of their hometown.
  6. Jun 22, 2012
    70
    Natural History is at its best when it's at its most focused.
  7. Jun 12, 2012
    70
    Natural History marks a step forward for the band, a step in the right direction, towards a more sophisticated sound than merely muscular noise rock.
  8. Jun 1, 2012
    70
    One of the most refreshing rock albums of the year, a collection of songs that advocate a form of moshpit populism that, even if you don't quite get it immediately, will eventually win you over with big, sweaty hug after big, sweaty hug.
  9. 70
    While there's still no reason to call these guys accessible, there are moments here.
  10. May 24, 2012
    70
    Natural History [is] something of a stop-start effort rather than an unqualified success, but if Dope Body can keep playing around with elements like the grinding, crackling hook of "Out of My Mind," it'll be interesting to see what a third album can bring.
  11. Magnet
    May 24, 2012
    40
    The Baltimore four-piece has the fuzzy guitar, the screamo vocals, the charging bass lines and an overwhelming sense of doom for stomping, post-Seattle noise punk. But the parts don't fit together. [No.87, p.54]
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  1. Nov 6, 2012
    9
    Loved this album. The vocals were just sublime, the percussion was ground-breaking, the guitar and bass were also important to the overallLoved this album. The vocals were just sublime, the percussion was ground-breaking, the guitar and bass were also important to the overall sound of this album. I loved all the songs, except Shook; I mean, I liked and all, but it just felt like it didn't fit... Full Review »