The Argument

  • Record Label: Domino
  • Release Date: Jul 23, 2013
Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
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  1. Jul 23, 2013
    91
    Considering the breadth and depth of his work with Hüsker Dü, Hart doesn’t need to secure his legacy; that’s already been done. But with The Argument, he’s substantially and staggeringly added to it.
  2. Jul 30, 2013
    80
    For all its sprawl, The Argument maintains a brisk pace, with a White Album-inspired sense of irreverence that ensures Hart never gets stuck in place for long.
  3. 80
    There’s decidedly no fall from grace here for Grant Hart on The Argument, his most ambitious and accomplished album in years.
  4. 80
    Former Hüsker Dü drummer/songwriter Grant Hart exhibits huge ambition on The Argument.
  5. 80
    This is a no-flab 20-song cinematic suite in four movements, featuring Hart’s weather-beaten Bowie-like semi-falsetto in all of its majesty.
  6. Jul 22, 2013
    80
    The Argument never seems like work, as Hart is thoroughly engaged, delivering songs that work on their own terms but purposefully add up to an intriguing, tantalizing enigma.
  7. Jul 18, 2013
    80
    His fifth solo album finds his talents and ambition undimmed.
  8. Uncut
    Jul 16, 2013
    80
    Rickety in construction, it holds up as a work of single-minded, lunatic conviction. [Aug 2013, p.61]
  9. Mojo
    Jul 16, 2013
    80
    With his bijou gift for melody, over 75 minutes Hart delivers abundantly. [Aug 2013, p.86]
  10. Jul 16, 2013
    80
    The Argument is a highly laudable effort--literary heads will enjoy its attempt at condensing the complexities of the epic poem, while many will take pleasure in the story Man’s downfall sounding so varied and tuneful.
  11. Q Magazine
    Jul 16, 2013
    80
    The Argument is a wondrous thing, full of its own joy. [Aug 2013, p.99]
  12. Sep 5, 2013
    78
    As with most LPs of this density, momentum lapses between set-pieces, but The Argument's ambition demands respect, if only to pay dues to a man who waited 25 years to write his All Things Must Pass.
  13. Aug 13, 2013
    74
    The very best tracks grapple with eternal themes of love, fear, suffering and the transmigration of the soul, with the overarching narrative largely irrelevant; the low points, however, take the dramatic framework and hit you upside the holy head.
  14. The Wire
    Jul 24, 2013
    70
    Musically, the songs favor stripped-down and straight ahead garage rock production values, often driven by organ chords. [Jul 2013, p.65]
  15. Jul 24, 2013
    70
    The Argument may not be the best place for novices to acquaint themselves with the work of Grant Hart but for long-term observers it proves to be a welcome return from a singular if erratic talent.
  16. 70
    It hits and misses, but it’s a memorable record from a songwriter worthy of the attention.
  17. Jul 19, 2013
    70
    Musically scattergun, with vintage rock ‘n’ roll rubbing shoulders with post-rock sounds, there’s much to admire about this bold artistic statement.
  18. Jul 19, 2013
    70
    The Argument's cataclysmic clashes and multitudinous puzzle pieces that never quite fit together are the stuff of a deeply flawed classic.

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