Quit +/or Fight

  • Record Label: Sub Pop
  • Release Date: Aug 9, 2005

Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Quit +/or Fight may lack the immediate melodic punch of the band's debut-- it forsakes pristine strums for skewering electric guitar and scrappier arrangements-- but what the record sacrifices in warmth, it makes up for in atmospherics.
  2. Like Wilco’s Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, Quit +/or Fight flirts with perfection, a cohesive collection of all-too-fleeting pleasures.
  3. Both intimate and powerful, Quit +/or Fight is a striking achievement.
  4. A work far more potent and lasting than their debut.
  5. There's enough diversity amongst these 11 songs to showcase the band's unique talents.
  6. Like R.E.M.'s vaunted Murmur, these songs are most adept at creating worlds for the listener to enter and engage, which may be different with every spin.
  7. Under The Radar
    The songs aren't quite as immediate as their self-titled debut, but... they're making folk friendly for the electronic age. [#10, p.115]
  8. Quit +/Or Fight is in a select catalog of records able to build songs out of studio arrangements that never seem contrived or overdone.
  9. Urb
    At times it can feel like the Flaming Lips locked in a log cabin with a bottle of morphine. [Sep 2005, p.119]
  10. [Has] a mysterious backwoods vibe worthy of Murmur-era REM.
  11. Entertainment Weekly
    [Their] plaintive, country-tinged tunes are quietly lovely. [12 Aug 2005, p.79]
  12. Holopaw's delicate, subdued second album lacks their debut's sharp peaks and valleys.
  13. Imagine a highly narcotic Shins with even more subtle instrumentation and you're getting somewhere close.
  14. It is clear Holopaw know how to unearth beauty when grounded in the harshness of reality; they also have the wisdom to leave the indisputably beautiful moments just as they found them: ready and able to elevate the soul.

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