Pleasure - Pure X
Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. 80
    The freshness of these subversions reveal spaces you didn't know were there, and achieve a rare expansion of the vocabulary of music.
  2. Dec 19, 2011
    80
    Heavy on atmosphere and hooks alike, Pleasure comes one bounding step closer in the eternal quest to marry refined song craft and ungovernable noise.
  3. Sep 7, 2011
    80
    It's one of the finer conversions of 2011, managing the delicate task of crafting a record that sounds both incomprehensibly universal, deeply personal, and, yes, endlessly listenable.
  4. Jul 12, 2011
    80
    Pleasure's ten tracks of gorgeously distorted, lo-fi pop glides languidly enough for '90s slowcore, but with woozy rhythms, lovelorn lyrics, and reverb-saturated textures that feel timeless.
  5. Pure X have crafted a dream-like (think more Galaxie 500 and less Beach House) tapestry that is as difficult to derail as a freight train once it builds up relative speed.
  6. Jul 12, 2011
    76
    Pure X may not be breaking new ground, but as far as deadbeat summer vibes done right go, Pleasure is one killer drag.
  7. Sep 21, 2011
    74
    Pleasure essentially satisfies, even if I have to admit that it's hard not to feel absolutely, completely, and totally lied to by virtually everything about Pure X that isn't their music.
  8. Jul 12, 2011
    70
    The lift isn't too high, but the album isn't meant to be a mood elevator. Instead, Pleasure gives you the smoke and confusion that is left when all extrinsic distractions are removed.
  9. Sep 8, 2011
    67
    The cinder and smoke (and mirrors) that coats the rest makes Pleasure seem twice removed, but it's an insular listen, well-suited for personal reverie or a peyote trip at Devil's Waterhole in Inks Lake.
  10. Sep 14, 2011
    60
    They are less successful when they step beyond these templates--the trippy "Surface" doesn't quite come off-- but this is a strong set. [Oct 2011, p.95]
  11. Aug 30, 2011
    60
    Pleasure's same-ness is much the point, but that doesn't prevent it from being the one thing that holds the group back.
  12. Aug 26, 2011
    60
    Pleasure drifts in and out of focus--some of the 10 tracks aren't even complete songs, just a hook that fades in and fades out again, having stumbled along pleasantly for a couple of minutes, with Nate Grace's guitar cutting through the amniotic fug.
  13. Jul 19, 2011
    58
    For the most part, Pleasure delivers less on the promise of its title with every rehash of the same, endlessly whirring formula.
  14. Aug 5, 2011
    40
    The back half of the record in particular is a slog to get through. [Jul 2011, p.97]

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