Metascore
73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. 100
    Summer in Abaddon delivers an all-inclusive perfection that sets it apart from any other record this year.
  2. These catchy songs are so sonically enthralling, you could call them heavenly. [15 Oct 2004, p.72]
  3. Combining dramatic, ethereal pop vocals with moody guitar and piano theatrics, Summer in Abaddon recalls a tighter, smoothed-out Built to Spill, or maybe a Dismemberment Plan reunion.
  4. Arguably their best record yet, a logical and accessible realization of a sound they've been developing for more than six years.
User Score
9.1

Universal acclaim- based on 27 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 23
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 23
  3. Negative: 1 out of 23
  1. Oct 11, 2011
    10
    Nevermind the mainstream, this music is too good to get ruined by overexposure. Pinback seemed to have achieved the impossible: a truly indieNevermind the mainstream, this music is too good to get ruined by overexposure. Pinback seemed to have achieved the impossible: a truly indie record with masterful studio production; terrific musicianship that keep it loose; lyrics are obscured and seldom rhyme; cryptic yet memorable songs that are impossible to get out of your head; crisp and immediate playing; and enigmatic atmospheres. This is long-term listening, each song growing on you over time. Quite simply this or recent LCD SoundSystem will remind you or let you experience how engaging early albums by REM or U2 were, back when alternative was really, truly alternative. Full Review »
  2. SamD
    Apr 22, 2007
    10
    Simply beautiful
  3. MikeC
    Apr 13, 2007
    9
    One of the better & biggest surprises of 04. Really good album.