Rot Gut, Domestic - Margot & the Nuclear So and So's

Generally favorable reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Mar 21, 2012
    Rot Gut, Domestic never sugarcoats its uglier tendencies, and yet the uncompromising--and uncomfortable--nature of the music is oddly compelling.
  2. Mar 30, 2012
    In the end, what we have is a record that pushes towards an extremely promising new direction while still managing to maintain the band's adored personality.
  3. Mar 26, 2012
    Rot Gut, Domestic's melodies are still strong, but Edward's world-weary tenor to the bedeviled characters and prickly distortion, anxiety rules. [Apr 2012, p.96]
  4. Apr 10, 2012
    Margot seems abundant in earnestness, pulling together hooky, shoegaze rifts ("Disease Tobacco Free") with dulcet guitar tunes ("Frank"), Tim Kasher lyricism ("The Devil" and a lonely piano ballad ("Christ"). [No. 86, p.56]
  5. Apr 6, 2012
    Rot Gut, Domestic succeeds because its tone is so dark, its bitter lyrics and gravelly guitars completely at home, as if these tales of the lovelorn and self-hating were produced by Jack White with a healthy injection of Black Keys.
  6. Mar 21, 2012
    Even in their best moments, every move feels overly calculated and wraps up so nicely that even what are intended as unpredictable turns are pretty predictable.
  7. 60
    Overall, this is a very accessible album, but it might not be enough to push anyone from one camp into the other.
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  1. Jul 14, 2012
    The most amazing thing about Rot Gut Domestic is that Margot are still not trying to copy their most successful album to date (the Dust of Retreat). I'm sure most people who have found the band through that album have been particularly shunned by the heavier tones of Blizzard and Rot Gut. There are some serious distortions and dark moods that will not earn the band too many casual fans. But Rot Gut stand on it's own and is a powerful statement for the more rebellious portion of indie/rock fans, who like their music still melodic and emotional but served on a slightly harder dish. Full Review »
  2. May 13, 2012
    What we find on the new Margot & The Nuclear So And So's - "Rot Gut, Domestic" album, is the chaotic portion of alternative rock in a slightly experimental undertones. Although in case of this album you can't complain too much, but also you can not say that it surpasses the competition. Guitar parts sometimes instead of giving song charm like in "Books About Trains", creates only a hybrids. However, this is not a bad album. Full Review »