Or Give Me Death

  • Record Label: Barsuk
  • Release Date: Feb 20, 2007
Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Or Give Me Death is fun yet serious, cheerful yet depressing, simple yet intricate.
  2. This disc is not always cohesive. But it is most certainly a genuine piece of art.
  3. Under The Radar
    80
    A couple songs near the end fail to achieve the cold, dark mood they're going for, but this is still a great album. [#17, p.95]
  4. Terry's miniaturist inclinations don't always mesh with Aqueduct's increased technical polish.
  5. Alternative Press
    70
    Being bent out of shape never sounded so good. [Mar 2007, p.142]
  6. While Grandaddy may be no longer, Aqueduct appears confidently able to assume is place as a purveyor of lo-fi writ large.
  7. Filter
    78
    It's enough to get a guy pining for his next ex-to-be. [#24, p.102]
  8. Listening to this record is like hearing someone who has some moral fiber describe their first one-night stand. There is seriousness, jubilation, unease, and regret.
  9. As Terry expands Aqueduct's sound into similar neo-psychedelic indi-pop territory as Figurines, Islands and Of Montreal, he also shares their knack for animated and robust indie-rock.
  10. Terry has clearly reached a new level of musical maturity on this album, but flirting with sounds that don't quite fit in the face of such progression only keeps Or Give Me Death from fully harnessing his newfound growth.
  11. Imagine the Long Winters if they were far more in love with the synth and guitar textures of the '80s than the precious pop sounds of the '70s and you'd have this, a hard to pigeonhole album which greatly rewards multiple listens.
User Score
5.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. JasonL
    May 6, 2007
    7
    I'm not sure if I can top the last review, but found this to be a great album. He stretched out into new directions and appreciated that I'm not sure if I can top the last review, but found this to be a great album. He stretched out into new directions and appreciated that he didn't try to remake I Sold Gold. You gotta see them play live. It adds another dimension that they have yet to capture on their albums. Full Review »
  2. BodegaN
    Apr 10, 2007
    0
    If this band was starving to death, I wouldn't even sh!t in their mouths. Proves just how bad music can get when it hides behind "indie" If this band was starving to death, I wouldn't even sh!t in their mouths. Proves just how bad music can get when it hides behind "indie" aesthetics. Full Review »
  3. BillyK
    Mar 7, 2007
    8
    It's not the mini-pop masterpiece that is "I Sold Gold", but it's not trying to be. It's a broadening of his sound, and as a It's not the mini-pop masterpiece that is "I Sold Gold", but it's not trying to be. It's a broadening of his sound, and as a whole, it goes over splendidly. Not a dissapointment. The first four tracks are among the best he's ever done, and "As You Wish" has been stuck in my head for two months. Full Review »