Shocking Pinks - Shocking Pinks
Metascore
76

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. 80
    Harte's mixture of charisma, vulnerability and errant tunefulness holds everything together. [Nov 2007, p.95]
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  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. 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]
  8. Shocking Pinks is an intriguing introduction for listeners who want to catch up with [Harte's] ever-growing body of work.
  9. Shocking Pinks is surprisingly, and convincingly, internal.
  10. 60
    Harte's voice is sometimes a little thin to carry some songs. [Oct 2007, p.104]
  11. 60
    Revivalist? Sure, but this refreshing, smarter side of the late '80s has yet to be co-opted into a hipster fashion show.
User Score
8.3

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
    6
    "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
    8
    Finally, a quality NZ artist is receiving decent attention! Next stop, Shihad.
  3. IsaacA.
    Nov 5, 2007
    9
    The Velvet Underground of the noughties.