Social Climbers - Social Climbers
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  • Summary: Drag City releases a compilation of the no-wave post-punk band's recordings from three 7-inch records.
  • Record Label: Drag City
  • Genre(s): Avant-Garde, Pop/Rock, Punk/New Wave, Post-Punk, New York Punk, No Wave
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Nov 14, 2011
    80
    Social Climbers is a valuable document of its time, place, and a reminder of the greatness that might get away.
  2. Nov 14, 2011
    80
    Even amidst dissonant notes or loopy time signatures, a catchy hook or two usually surfaced.
  3. Feb 2, 2012
    70
    The album holds up better than most dustbin acquisitions reissue labels make, but it's not without its limitations - namely, in the way it mixes and matches aesthetics. [No. 81, p. 59]
  4. Nov 15, 2011
    60
    This, their sole album, is a curious beast, reminiscent of The Lounge Lizards or Devo, but defiantly its own thing. [Nov 2011, p.98]
  5. Dec 5, 2011
    60
    Rather than the sound of people battering against existing structures, Social Climbers exude comfort. [Sep 2011, p.58]
  6. Nov 14, 2011
    50
    The words lack that confidence the music conveys, so instead of luring you in with a convincing musical world, it more often ends up throwing a fit for attention.
  7. Nov 14, 2011
    50
    The reissue shows how prickly and difficult Social Climber's aesthetic could be, its arrangements as sparse as Young Marble Giants, though less even less concerned with hook and melody.

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