No Color

Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
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  1. Mar 15, 2011
    91
    No Color is the noisiest, prettiest album of The Dodos' career. It's good and on.
  2. May 3, 2011
    90
    So once more, the Dodos feel fresh, a little bit more thoughtful, and every bit as happy to get us tangled up in ourselves. Of course there's color to No Color. It's just this time there's black and white and grey as well- colors they've never used before.
  3. Mar 15, 2011
    84
    Easily their best, most cohesive album yet, No Color shines brightly-continuing to push the band to new levels of musicianship and songwriting.
  4. The new directions that they have managed to find on No Color are certainly interesting to explore for listeners.
  5. May 26, 2011
    80
    It may have taken Long and Kroeber some time to crack the tough nut of a thoroughly radiant album but unlike their namesakes, The Dodos have only ripened with age.
  6. Mojo
    May 18, 2011
    80
    The Dodos switchback moods and rhythms never settle and that's the prime joy of No Color. [Jun 2011, p.105]
  7. Mar 28, 2011
    80
    There is not a single dud track on No Color, and even if The Dodos haven't attempted anything they didn't try before, it certainly plays well to their strengths.
  8. Mar 28, 2011
    80
    It's cliched to remark on a duo's ability to sound like a full band, but the Dodos' virtuosic acoustic guitar playing and busy arrangements undeniably defy their numbers.
  9. 80
    No Colors showcases a band who knows exactly who they are and feels completely comfortable in their sound, constantly pushing the boundaries of what is possible for a two-piece.
  10. Mar 16, 2011
    80
    Moving forward without the assistance of contributing vibraphonist Keaton Snyder, No Color is especially drum-heavy, and Kroeber's unconventional style works toward forming a repartee between the group's two members, who converse in a style that at times resembles jazz musicians.
  11. Mar 15, 2011
    80
    Overall, it's a solid, well-crafted effort from a well-loved indie-folk band.
  12. Mar 15, 2011
    76
    Lyrically, No Color is a step in a new direction for Dodos -- for mostly better.
  13. Mar 23, 2011
    75
    Meric Long, vocalist/guitarist for San Francisco duo the Dodos, makes a lot of broad statements on the band's fourth studio album. Fortunately, the music fills in the blanks.
  14. Apr 8, 2011
    70
    No Color wasn't meant to break any barriers: it's merely an affirmation of what people have known and loved about the duo for some time now.
  15. 70
    Now shorn of vibraphonist Keaton Snyder, San Francisco's The Dodos remain a three-piece with the addition of alt.country chanteuse Neko Case.
  16. Mar 16, 2011
    70
    Rather than envisioning blue aliens, though, Long and Kroeber have found living, breathing incarnations of their musical compositions. And it's an otherworldly pleasure.
  17. Mar 15, 2011
    70
    No Color is a welcome return to form, and a nimble balance between the extremes of Dodos' previous work.
  18. Q Magazine
    May 31, 2011
    60
    For the most part, the duo's fourth full-length curbs their indulgent tendencies. [Jun 2011, p.114]
  19. Apr 7, 2011
    60
    There's little denying the sincerity of No Color as both tribute and experiment, but the duo's previous work was just a shade more likely to make everyone fall in love with them.
  20. Mar 21, 2011
    60
    No Color isn't a bad album by any means - it's great at times, never less than good, and certainly better than could reasonably have been expected - but there's no sign here of return or retreat to their old strengths.
User Score
8.1

Universal acclaim- based on 20 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Apr 11, 2011
    8
    No color, has color indeed, is rich in sound and its very loud, drums are back, lots of chemistry here, and definitely explosive. They wentNo color, has color indeed, is rich in sound and its very loud, drums are back, lots of chemistry here, and definitely explosive. They went back to the way they did it. Full Review »