Reintegration Time

Metascore
56

Mixed or average reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. It all adds up to a good but frustrating album of really solid highs and really annoying lows.
  2. They have the formula down, but 10 tracks of this gets a little tedious.
  3. Reintegration Time is a neat, reserved album, if not satisfying as a close approximation of the band's live sound, then as a more low-key exploration on a parallel path.
  4. 60
    On cuts like "How Do I Maintain Pt. 1," the rhythmic interplay gets weighed down by its own excess, but the more expansive clouds of synth exhaust in wordless bookends "Run" and "Reintegration Time" offer more rewarding highs.
  5. Filter
    58
    The heavy-handed force of the latest effort to sonically disconstruct and reconstruct gets tiresome. [Spring 2009, p.103]
  6. Reintegration Time, the second album by Canada’s Shout Out Out Out Out, is ambitiously laid out, with lengthy, mostly instrumental tracks and a leisurely sense of pace. Too bad the electro grooves don’t offer much, nor does the ornamentation.
  7. Q Magazine
    40
    They're fine when doing the burbling, instrumental stuff, only to lose marks for a couple duff guest vocals and over-reliance on vocoders. [Jun 2010, p.132]
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  1. DreadPirateRobert
    Jun 1, 2009
    9
    This band, which I shall call SO4 to save typing, is absolutely amazing live, and I was fully expecting a lame studio release to follow. This band, which I shall call SO4 to save typing, is absolutely amazing live, and I was fully expecting a lame studio release to follow. While it's certainly not perfect, there are moments in here that almost capture that raw energy and unbridled enthusiasm. Seriously, they're nothing more joyful than to see a band having way too much fun performing. The album doesn't leave me grinning the way they do at a show, but I'd rather have a band that, if you've only heard the CD, will blow you away in concert. Plus, once they learn how to make a studio record, things are only going to get better. Full Review »