• Record Label: Kranky
  • Release Date: Feb 28, 2012

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
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  1. Mar 1, 2012
    Pre Language is some of Disappears' most confident, most accessible music yet.
  2. 60
    Disappears have created a dark, at times dancey, record that very rarely lets up.
  3. Mar 5, 2012
    It might not rocket them out of their obscurity but Disappears have created a record that can appease fans happy with how they sounded anyway and those that are searching for something new.
  4. Mar 1, 2012
    More often, Disappears's new sound plods--especially by comparison with the frantic, loopy movement through spacy echo chambers that characterized much of the group's material on Lux and Guider
  5. Mojo
    Mar 1, 2012
    With tensions at its core, Pre Language fuses white light with the darkness of anxiety. [Mar 2012, p.102]
  6. Mar 9, 2012
    Throughout, a spewing, pandering vitriol taints a band whose vivacity seems to be wearing thin.
  7. Mar 1, 2012
    This album feels more like a series of genre exercises, a place in which they occasionally work up a palpable tension, but never enough to make this more than an adequate diversion from the resources they're obviously sourcing.
  8. Mar 15, 2012
    Pre Language is frustrating not because it's bad, but because it could be so much better.
  9. Apr 26, 2012
    As a whole Pre-Language appears a little unfulfilled--a whole lot of build up, with minimal release
  10. The Wire
    Apr 18, 2012
    Disappears present an album that sounds pretty confident in its pursuit of forward motion yet distractingly familiar. [Mar 2012, p.65]
  11. Uncut
    Mar 13, 2012
    The malevolence and needling insistency of Gang Of four and Fugazi are this record's core. [Apr 2012, p.77]

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