Songs for Singles

Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
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  1. Mojo
    Dec 20, 2010
    80
    Dense of riff and melody but not crassly anthemic, their sledgehammer euphoria is Kyuss gone monster trucking. [Dec 2010, p.97]
  2. Oct 21, 2010
    80
    With such a tight, urgent sound, Songs for Singles is an EP that'll give Torche fans enough new music to whet their appetites, but it's definitely going to leave them hungry for more.
  3. Oct 21, 2010
    80
    Rock like rock shouldn't be: a rock that your parents wouldn't just love, given a chance, but one that they'd ask you to play again, louder. It ain't right, obviously. But it rocks brilliantly.
  4. Alternative Press
    Oct 21, 2010
    80
    Their last release, Meanderthal, was one of the finest records of 2008, and the eight-track Songs For Singles makes a glorious follow-up. [Oct 2010, p.116]
  5. Oct 21, 2010
    80
    What does one call eight songs in 25 minutes? An EP? A mini-LP? Just don't call it a placeholder--there are too many bulldozer riffs here, even in the under-a-minute sketches.
  6. Revolver
    Oct 21, 2010
    80
    Instead of Meanderthal's rich sonics and expansive melodies, Torche about-faces into bracing, aggressive cuts like "Cast into Unknown" and "U.F.O." and even though "Out Again" delves into sludgy pop, it's done in such a lackadaisical fashion that's it;s clear that Brooks' heart is more in the faster, louder numbers. [Sep/Oct 2010, p.90]
  7. Oct 21, 2010
    74
    With that title, Songs for Singles practically announces itself as a stopgap release, a breather after the breakthrough. If it doesn't shake the earth the way Meanderthal did, it's not really supposed to. But the EP does show that this band remains in fine working condition, and another full-on album from these guys would be a welcome thing indeed. Until then, this will do just fine.
  8. Oct 21, 2010
    70
    Songs for Singles sees the Miami band continuing to experiment with upbeat, accessible metal songs, and while not fully pop yet, the addition of a more advanced rhythm section helps offset their perpetual need to drone their guitars out. The album inches the band further to reaching a goal of good pop metal that, while seemingly impossible in 2010, is a fight worth fighting.
  9. Oct 21, 2010
    70
    Torche's melodies tend to err just slightly on the side of progressive, with just a few too many notes jammed into every phrase for mainstream consumption. What really distinguishes Torche, though, is their songwriting thrift.
  10. Oct 21, 2010
    70
    Songs For Singles is unmistakably a Torche record; primal, punishing, yet irresistibly sweet. It may make a mockery of the traditional album format, but then again, would you expect anything less?
  11. Oct 21, 2010
    67
    Now, recorded as a trio in the aftermath of guitarist Juan Montoya's exit, the eight-track Songs for Singles makes a case for the power of three.
  12. Kerrang!
    Oct 21, 2010
    60
    Songs For Singles has a throwaway feel, albeit one with a lot of juddering, earth-shaking weight behind it. [25 Sep 2010, p.52]
  13. Oct 21, 2010
    50
    This time out, more than ever before, it really feels like Brooks and Co. are half-assing it, victory lap style, when they could have soared once again.

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