• Record Label: Warp
  • Release Date: Aug 24, 2010
Metascore
67

Generally favorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. 82
    The group still moves within the same sphere as LCD Soundsystem and The Rapture, but if you're not fed up with indie-electronic-dance-rock just yet, !!! is still among the best in the hybrid genre.
  2. A song like AM/FM is downright uplifting, catchy and groove-heavy which, along with bucking our expectations, is always what lifted this eight-member band above the fray.
  3. 80
    Such uplift from dread makes Strange Weather a fitting party record for our age when so many American Dreams, lived and fantasized, are falling apart. Pass the bottle.
  4. Brief though it is, 'Strange Weather, Isn't It?' represents a remarkable sharpening of focus at a time of flux - and possibly crisis - for the band.
  5. Ten-plus years and four records later, their raw, post-punk-colored-funk attack still sounds as compelling as it did at the start.
  6. It's practically a soundtrack for pool parties, clubs, and makeshift living room dance sessions. The album knows exactly what it wants to do, and accomplishes it with grace.
  7. Strange Weather may get some static for not being groundbreaking or risk taking but that's okay. It's just !!! at their best and that's good enough.
  8. With 2007's Myth Takes, the ecstatic dance-punk collective !!! came up with an album almost as strong as its best singles and live shows. The group largely holds that stride with its fourth LP, Strange Weather, Isn't It?, a nine-song, 40-minute set that functions as a celebration of rhythm, movement, and macking.
  9. Strange Weather, Isn't It? is not life-altering fare, but the album's 40 minutes of club-approved funk-rock signals another noteworthy entry in the band's discography.
  10. Strange Weather, Isn't It? is undoubtedly the band's most streamlined effort to date.
  11. Strange Weather, Isn't It? returns as a more disciplined, ziggurat kind of groove odyssey, where the modular sounds are rhombus and the emotional undercurrents darker and more demure.
  12. What's great about Strange Weather, Isn't It? is that it offers enough diversity to save you from making you own mastermix. [Sep 2010, p.108]
  13. It's as if Offer, completely understandably, has pulled everything towards him a little too close. Reined everything in and hugged the songs a little too tightly.
  14. While the frequent use of echo and the isolation of each instrument lend the record a spare quality, Strange Weather, Isn't It? is hardly akin to Bowie and Eno's emotionally stark Berlin Trilogy. Instead, the album sounds like a band trying to regain its footing by returning to its fundamentals.
  15. Strange Weather, Isn't It?: you'll enjoy it plenty while it's on, but once it's over you might forget it ever existed.
  16. These layered, multi-directional numbers stand out rather than fit in. On either side are tunes a little too straightforward, big ideas a little too self-contained to really mesh in the way you want them to.
  17. 60
    Berlin's long-running tendency toward grit-glitz, which musicians from Bowie to Peaches have channeled in their work, is the inspiration for this fourth record of functional fun.
  18. 60
    US party band !!!'s fourth is a holiday record, full of movement and heat and things that feel tired and cheesy at home, but are good, sleazy fun when you're away. [Sep 2010, p.98]
  19. 60
    The sonic expansion is admirable, but perhaps a trip to Miami--instead of Berlin, where some of Weather was recorded--might've been a better atmospheric adjustment.
  20. This time !!! remembered to bring the party, but they forgot the favors that fans have come to expect--grooves that make the body explode into dance spasms. [Summer 2010, p.76]
  21. 60
    The group's fourth, recorded in Berlin, pulls a few new shapes but a lack of any truly transcendent moments suggests a group destined to remain middleweights. [Sep 2010, p.83]
  22. This is a collection of grooves rather than songs, but there's depth. [Sept. 2010, p. 113]
  23. There's nothing on their fourth album that couldn't have been recorded in the early to mid-1980s. [Sep 2010, p.50]
  24. They're going through the motions, you can't get into it, and then it's over, just like that. Strange Weather, Isn't It? is a party where everyone looks like they're having fun.
  25. Simply put, Strange Weather, Isn't It? is beat for the sake of beat. !!! has certainly mastered the means of dance-rock, but they haven't mastered the ends.
  26. Strange Weather is like a middling dance mix; its 10 tracks merging into a puddle of differing shades of grey that happens to have a kicking heartbeat.
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. Dec 9, 2010
    2
    A tedious minimal-electro-pop record delivered by this Sacramento Ca. band, that helps as a shopping, or elevator background music. It justA tedious minimal-electro-pop record delivered by this Sacramento Ca. band, that helps as a shopping, or elevator background music. It just causes the boring reaction, because of its way, using almost the same regular tempo while trying to make a tribute to the disco, electro & funk records. Beware of the singer who tries to be "sexy" and stylish, 7 people on his band and no one stoped him? A perfect gift for your friend the clothes store clerk... a burned copy of course. Full Review »
  2. Nov 18, 2010
    10
    I must be getting old, but I am finding most of the critics out of touch with what I find great this year. Strange Weather is tyher case inI must be getting old, but I am finding most of the critics out of touch with what I find great this year. Strange Weather is tyher case in point: Is it as fresh as their earlier works? No. Is it a great pop record? Damn straight it is. Great on the stereo and the idevice, it'll make your day a happy one. Full Review »
  3. Sep 28, 2010
    8
    For a band that seemed to be on the verge of collapse after two untimely deaths and some departing members, !!! are more focused than ever onFor a band that seemed to be on the verge of collapse after two untimely deaths and some departing members, !!! are more focused than ever on Strange Weather, Isn't It? I like the focus on solid grooves that form the basis of every track on the album. The late Jerry Fuchs provides his tight drumming talent on "The Hammer" and "The Most Certain Sure" sounds like something you'd see Dirk Diggler dancing to at Boogie Nights. It goes by rather quickly at about 40 minutes, but there isn't one weak song to be found. Full Review »