Shocking Pinks


Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Shocking Pinks' DFA debut is an auspicious one by a young artist who knows as much about loneliness as he does noisy pop classics.
  2. It's a bewildering jumble on first gaze, but Harte's little fingerprint-smudged slivers, so lovingly composed, are precious things, and you'll fast find yourself addicted to his sweet, glum love stories.
  3. Mojo
    Harte's mixture of charisma, vulnerability and errant tunefulness holds everything together. [Nov 2007, p.95]
  4. DFA are back on track with this chilled, intriguing record. As a compedium of two previous records, this is a sign of where Harte was.
  5. Throughout, Harte infuses much of the record with the chopped-up high-hat propulsion of DFA-style dance-floor abandon that makes studying your history a lot of fun.
  6. Without question, part of Shocking Pinks' charm is the intimacy of its unpolished production values, but, with a little more patience and rigorous revision, it's easy to see Harte's best songs being even better.
  7. Shocking Pinks is an intriguing introduction for listeners who want to catch up with [Harte's] ever-growing body of work.
  8. Under The Radar
    This compilation boasts all the assets of an insular bedroom aesthetic, from quasi-confessioal lyrics to ample experimentation with styles and sounds. [Fall 2007, p.81]
  9. Shocking Pinks is surprisingly, and convincingly, internal.
  10. 60
    Revivalist? Sure, but this refreshing, smarter side of the late '80s has yet to be co-opted into a hipster fashion show.
  11. Uncut
    Harte's voice is sometimes a little thin to carry some songs. [Oct 2007, p.104]
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Rev.Rikard
    Nov 10, 2007
    "Yes! No!" Does this album bring something new to the table of modern music? Yes. Is it always appetizing? No. Do I like it? Yes, no, yes. "Yes! No!" Does this album bring something new to the table of modern music? Yes. Is it always appetizing? No. Do I like it? Yes, no, yes. Admittedly I am spoiled on the Beatles' crafty use of short musical segments and interludes ala the latter half of Abbey Road. These songs grab interest and then leave us wanting more, much more than we were given. The jury is still out on Shocking Pinks, and this album does not have the depth to permiit the reaching of a verdict regarding relevancy and longevity. Full Review »
  2. G
    Nov 7, 2007
    Finally, a quality NZ artist is receiving decent attention! Next stop, Shihad.
  3. IsaacA.
    Nov 5, 2007
    The Velvet Underground of the noughties.