Northern Aggression - Steve Wynn and the Miracle 3
Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Apr 13, 2011
    80
    Northern Aggression, made with his long-running Miracle 3, is a new peak in that hard-boiled moral aggression.
  2. Dec 8, 2010
    80
    The album is not only perfectly balanced; it stands out as a bright (black) light amid the dross of postmillennial rock.
  3. Dec 8, 2010
    90
    Northern Aggression rocks as ferociously as anything Wynn has ever done.
  4. Dec 8, 2010
    70
    Scrapbook glories like Dream Syndicate's The Days of Wine and Roses drowned his songs in raw noise, but as many singers do in middle age, Wynn has achieved balance along with his new riffs. Let's hope he finds some more down in his basement for the follow-up.
  5. 88
    L.A.'s veteran indie rocker is on a tear in his third outing with the up-for-anything Miracle 3 - guitarist Jason Victor, drummer Linda Pitmon and bassist Dave DeCastro - fusing Wynn's penchant for Americana rock, psychedelia, brutal punk and extended jams into an intriguingly seductive blend.
  6. Dec 8, 2010
    50
    Those who hoped Wynn would bring that inventive spirit and boldness back to his band for its third album will be disappointed: Northern Aggression is almost surprising in its straightforwardness.
  7. Apr 4, 2011
    60
    Alongside The Miracle 3's rich, roughneck guitar grind, Wynn's odd perspective gathers strength on two songs that involve gatecrashing private homes or events. [Feb 2011, p.107]
  8. Dec 20, 2010
    80
    An audacious, risk-taking tour de force, it locates itself in the upper reaches of Steve Wynn's increasingly daunting canon. [Jan 2011, p.87]

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