Source Tags & Codes - ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead
Metascore
85

Universal acclaim - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. 100
    Their finest record to date and the most blistering, blissful album to be released by anyone in years.
  2. 100
    Dense, beautiful, intricate, haunting, explosive, and dangerous, this is everything rock music aspires to be: intense, incredible songs arranged perfectly and performed with skill and passion.
  3. 100
    Source Tags and Codes is phenomenal. It's one of those albums that starts the listener on a seeminlgly unsustainable high note, and uses that as a launching point.
  4. Throughout, Trail Of Dead make off like indie rock legends at the top of their game.
  5. What makes "Source Tags & Codes" such an amazing album is how the band teeters on the edge of this implosion but always yanks its songs back from collapse at the very last second.
  6. For all its gonzo, crackpot gestures, Source Tags & Codes is a remarkably coherent work. It stands as the most melodically-inclined album in their catalogue and boasts their strongest songwriting to date.
  7. An album that absolutely cannot be ignored.
  8. There are times when Conrad Keely's scabrous vocals are more grating than ingratiating, but this is mainly stunning stuff.
User Score
8.9

Universal acclaim- based on 68 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 43 out of 49
  2. Negative: 4 out of 49
  1. Aug 11, 2011
    10
    Beautiful, powerful music, and the nearest thing to a sonic epiphany i've had in years. Just get it - tracks like 'Heart in the Hand of the Matter' and the title track are just sublime rock music. Full Review »
  2. May 28, 2011
    10
    An incomprehensibly great album. It's got semi-orchestral rock down better than anyone could ever dream. Lyrically, try and find a better song than the last track on this album. Full Review »