Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
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  1. Feb 25, 2013
    Privilege (Abridged) takes on immediately recognizable appearances, but Pennington doesn’t just walk through each number; he partners with them, parading the words and music in and out of dynamic perspective.
  2. 80
    Gone is the orchestration of 2008’s ‘Entanglements’, though the melodrama of the Portland band’s baroque pop remains.
  3. Mar 6, 2013
    For those unfamiliar with Parenthetical Girls, it could be the perfect introduction to their fascinating music.
  4. Feb 25, 2013
    With this album, the Parenthetical Girls position themselves as pop craftsman with depth.
  5. Under The Radar
    Mar 22, 2013
    Privileged is still an excellent entry in the band's pantheon, particularly good for new listeners, or those who desire a copy of the album but can do without the scant traces of DNA. [Mar-Apr 2013, p.101]
  6. Mar 4, 2013
    It's full of wonderfully written lines, often intimate, sincere and grotesque, and sometimes weirdly anglophile.
  7. Feb 25, 2013
    There are more standalone tracks here, ones with memorable melodies and sing-along choruses coexisting with the band’s fatalistic lyrics and jarring instrumental twists.
  8. Feb 28, 2013
    Privilege is an assured, musically accomplished work, but all the aesthetic homework Pennington’s done to refine his persona is still visible, pointing directly back to the influences and forebears he’s inspired by.

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