Nursing Home

  • Record Label: Merge
  • Release Date: May 17, 2011

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
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  1. Fortunately, they also do what all maturing s.-p.o.w.t.a. wish they could do‑-write better songs. I noticed the guitar roar first and the tunes second. But I stayed for the lyrics.
  2. May 17, 2011
    If debut In The Court Of The Wrestling Let's was the giddy spin of a colour wheel, then Nursing Home feels ever so slightly more unified in tone and shade, and, if not exactly refined, than certainly a little tighter and more focused in its abandon.
  3. May 17, 2011
    Nursing Home is the best kind of second album--it reminds you why you liked Let's Wrestle in the first place and manages to improve on an already stellar offering.
  4. May 16, 2011
    That all changes with Nursing Home, as production legend Steve Albini sharpens the group's teeth into the fangs Let's Wrestle was always meant to bare.
  5. May 16, 2011
    Let's Wrestle have certainly crafted the sophomore album we all expected from them. There's little, beyond even that Albini attachment, that strives beyond the aspirations of a general set of rickety punk tunes--but at the same time, everything here is working wonderfully as intended.
  6. Jun 22, 2011
    The production from Steve Albini ensures that it's not too slick or processed. These short, humble pop songs amble along like the Wedding Present if David Gedge had a wrist injury that cut his inhuman strumming speed in half.
  7. Let's Wrestle are at their best on Nursing Home when the tension is visible: Whether this is the push and pull between their original sound and Albini's influence, or the clash of Gonzalez's casual vocals and Lightning's roaring bass, or the juxtaposition of adolescent male recklessness with anxieties of coming adulthood.
  8. Jun 2, 2011
    Let's Wrestle has developed a studied, wide-ranging brute that embraces their oddball wit to a greater degree.
  9. May 27, 2011
    Like spiritual forebears Pavement and Sebadoh, Let's Wrestle might feel like they're morbidly allergic to success, but a broader audience seems inevitable, as Nursing Home is too rife with killer hooks to escape that fate.
  10. May 18, 2011
    A credible effort though, with enough promise to merit an investment of anticipation.
  11. May 16, 2011
    It ["Getting Rest"], like much of this fine and not at all "difficult" second album, is undeniably impressive, but it leaves you with the ineffable impression that the best of Wes Gonzalez is yet to come.
  12. 70
    It's all strung together with punk-drunk pace and some properly good melodies. This is the real deal.
  13. May 20, 2011
    Led by singer and songwriter Wesley Patrick Gonzalez, this band of early twentysomethings comprehensively captures the mindset of young men kicking and screaming against their inevitable transition into adulthood.
  14. May 17, 2011
    Nursing Home is notable for its lyrical successes, but doesn't have enough memorable songs to highlight them.
  15. May 24, 2011
    It's haunting in spots but ultimately fun; there's no sign of a sophomore slump for these guys.
  16. Mojo
    May 18, 2011
    [It results] in bubblegum thrash paeans to laziness and forgetfulness, multiple blasts of fiery milquetoast defiance stuffed with beguiling observations on the minor tragedies of everyday life. [Jun 20111, p.104]
  17. May 16, 2011
    There's still a lot of fun to be had at this Nursing Home but it's pretty clear that the party is winding down. Whether or not Let's Wrestle can suffer the slings and arrows of young adulthood to fight another day is entirely up to them.

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