Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
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  1. Feb 27, 2014
    Her writing on Real Hair sacrifices none of Major Arcana’s verve or crystalline observations in spite of being notably denser, with Dupuis layering syllable over syllable, image over image, until these songs should burst apart.
  2. Feb 13, 2014
    It's clever, sure, but it's high-grade, pedal-hopping rock music by the same token.
  3. Feb 12, 2014
    Real Hair keeps its runtimes tight and its choruses front-and-center, pulling in some of Major Arcana's looser ends without sacrificing its fall-apart charms.
  4. Feb 10, 2014
    Major Arcana may have been the first full-band proper album from the group, but Real Hair proves it was no flash in the pan. Speedy Ortiz is just getting started and, despite its name, taking its time.
  5. 80
    Real Hair works like a oujia board: dangerous, addictive fun with the potential for unwelcome answers.
  6. 80
    Comfort food is dubbed so for a reason, and Real Hair’s got my belly delightfully full.
  7. 83
    I’m hearing summer thunderstorms that threaten to wash the world away for two minutes then quit and get another beer. Dupuis’s bittersweet, teasing vocals feel like the gorgeous, blue, and brutally cold day after it snows three feet.
  8. Feb 10, 2014
    Real Hair continues down the path set by their first two records and that’s a good thing.
  9. Feb 10, 2014
    It's their catchiest offering to date, with enough depth and immediate appeal to rival their influences.
  10. 75
    Speedy Ortiz has the self-awareness to box this off as a four-song bonus, a transitional work, a small step in a larger arc.

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