Sub Verses

Metascore
73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
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  1. Uncut
    May 24, 2013
    60
    Six albums in, they remain fond of that very Swans pursuit of ecstasy through repetition. [Jul 2013, p.69]
  2. 60
    The trio continue on that trajectory, the mystic chanting and ceremonial trances dancing through the scattering ash. Due to that cratered impact, everything on the album sounds urgent, an exhilarating feeling that takes a while to escape.
  3. Apr 30, 2013
    60
    It’s a beautiful, often striking temple, one with some wonderful surprises. In the end, though, you’re outside that temple listening in, the visitor that never quite gets to come inside.
  4. Apr 29, 2013
    60
    Sub Verses may be genre hopping, but it’s not a particularly challenging listen as compared to its predecessors, albums that were both challenging and fun.
  5. Q Magazine
    Apr 22, 2013
    60
    Even if this album is only for a limited audience, it's the sound of a band pushing onwards and upwards into the blue. [May 2013, p.94]
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User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. May 24, 2013
    8
    A fan only from their 2009 release, the eccentric sound of Akron/Family captured me with their upbeat grooves which married an ability toA fan only from their 2009 release, the eccentric sound of Akron/Family captured me with their upbeat grooves which married an ability to create, for a lack of a better word, 'epic' noise. Although coming from a (personally) disappointing 2011 release, "Sub Verses" still carries a bit of the moving groove but in a shift, matures toward a completely different tangent. Lots of noise and sound, part of what makes it an incredible album. Full Review »
  2. May 5, 2013
    5
    I thought Shinju was pretty lack-luster but at least on that they were still bein crazy and trying new things. This album plays it way tooI thought Shinju was pretty lack-luster but at least on that they were still bein crazy and trying new things. This album plays it way too safe for them and suffers because of it. It's boring and the melodies aren't that intriguing. None of the songs even throw you for a loop with an interesting change partway through. This band used to be my favorite but it seems like they are just digging a hole at this point. Only good song is "In the Morning" which I should mention could have been a great song but they never push it to that next level and pretty much just let it repeat. Full Review »