Pixel Revolt

  • Record Label: Barsuk
  • Release Date: Aug 23, 2005
Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. Alternative Press
    60
    Vanderslice's detached delivery of this riveting material, combined with the somnolent string arrangements, makes Pixel Revolt feel like a chilled-out remix of a book-on-tape recording. [Sep 2005, p.158]
  2. An uneven album that encapsulates much of what's gone flat in the scene he helped ferment, along with the few flourishes that make him a vital creative force.
  3. Under The Radar
    60
    An immaculately produced album, sonically and lyrically complex, but not necessarily engaging. [#10, p.107]
  4. The production is crisp and idiosyncratic as usual, but many of the songs fade into the background.
  5. Maybe it's the squeaky-cleanness of the sound and singing both that keeps me at a distance; a band like Okkervil River, both sonically and thematically similar to Vanderslice, succeed partially because they don't mind screaming and getting clumsy.
  6. Spin
    50
    Vanderslice is tortured and diffuse even by Death Cab standards. [Sep 2005, p.109]
  7. Q Magazine
    40
    More often than not his approach feels too clinical to really engage. [Apr 2006, p.120]
User Score
6.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. alixs
    Mar 12, 2007
    8
    John Vanderslice is sassy.
  2. JustinJ
    Dec 22, 2005
    9
    Demanding lyrics coupled with top notch production quality lead to one of the best albums of the year in my book. Vanderslice's site Demanding lyrics coupled with top notch production quality lead to one of the best albums of the year in my book. Vanderslice's site reveals the story behind many of the songs as well as production notes for the record. Full Review »
  3. JohnV.
    Sep 7, 2005
    9
    One of the best solo albums ive heard in a long time recommended