Spills Out

Metascore
65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
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  1. Spills Out is a satisfying album that puts a unique spin on otherwise trite indie-pop touchstones and a marriage of dissonance and charm seamless enough that, at times, it's almost difficult to tell one from the other.
  2. Dec 8, 2011
    60
    They've made a sophisticated, thinking listener's indie-pop record.
  3. Dec 8, 2011
    60
    At every turn and every track the album is pushing up the RPMs to the point the engine begins to whine, smoke and threaten to explode.
  4. Dec 6, 2011
    60
    At times, Pterodactyl wedges in too many layers, so that the parts blur together in a formless murk.
  5. Nov 29, 2011
    68
    It takes a session of attentive listening to pinpoint it; zone out for a few seconds and it's easy for one track of grit, fuzz and tension to bleed into another.
  6. Nov 17, 2011
    70
    Thing start out Brooklyn Noise rock, but the second half of the album gets downright Nuggets-worthy. [Oct 2011, p.102]
  7. Nov 16, 2011
    60
    Spills Out isn't the best record of its ilk to come out this year, but it's not the worst, either.
  8. Nov 16, 2011
    60
    It's only when Pterodactyl embrace their underlying pop core and ratchet up the jangle--see the breezy "The Break" or the '60s sunburst "Searchers"--that Spills Out makes an effective splash.
  9. Nov 16, 2011
    50
    A few strong moments don't make a full release succeed.
  10. Nov 16, 2011
    67
    A little has been lost in Pterodactyl's act of translating itself into a pop band--but overall, Spills Out manages to keep it all in.
  11. Jan 6, 2012
    66
    Though much of Spills Out seems to zip by in a blur, it's assembled with enough care to never quite spin out from its center.
  12. Dec 8, 2011
    60
    The dichotomy between the agonies of face-melting and beatific singing has long been a Pterodactyl motif, but this time the guitar wizardry takes a nonetheless threatening backseat to the structure of the songs.
  13. 80
    Pterodactyl's sound most figuratively Spills Out. Drink up and enjoy.
  14. Magnet
    Nov 21, 2011
    55
    The imitations/references spill out... But Spills Out is considerably less interesting and more cerebral, when Pterodactyl sounds like other bands.[#82, p.59]

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