• Record Label: Dischord
  • Release Date: Mar 15, 2005
Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. While the Evens' sparse arrangements may lead the guitar-playing world to finally give drummers their due, an album that is too minimal runs the risk of being absorbed in too few listens, never to be returned to again. Of course, The Evens avoid that trap by going straight to the most obvious musical cliché, "excellent songwriting."
  2. Farina and MacKaye have created a delicate and beautiful masterpiece that transcends their punk and post-punk routes.
  3. The Evens’ self-titled debut does sound curiously like hardcoreless moments of The Argument polished and lengthened into full-fledged songs.
  4. The Evens not just a step forward in the creative careers of MacKaye and Farina, it's a major leap.
  5. This is by far the moodiest, mellowest stuff MacKaye has ever been involved with.
  6. The Evens positively brims with revelations, not least of which is the consistent effectiveness of MacKaye's singing voice.
  7. A union of intelligence and passion. [26 Mar 2005, p.51]
  8. It is unsettling, starkly beautiful, intricate and minimalist all at once, and if it lacks the immediate impact of Fugazi, its aura lingers long after it's over.
  9. 80
    Nothing ever explodes on The Evens, which eschews Fugazi-style noise in favor of subtle dynamics and unsettling clarity. [#68, p.92]
  10. Pros: Farina is an excellent drummer and singer, and MacKaye hasn’t lost any of his righteous anger. Cons: with only two people you just can’t be viciously loud.
  11. 75
    MacKaye and Farina share a wobbly spirit that wears well. [May 2005, p.110]
  12. The two utilitarian voices mesh nicely, resulting in songs that are folk-like in their simplicity and directness, but never in their sound.
  13. It doesn't always work. But overall, The Evens is an engaging debut. [May 2005, p.121]
  14. They play slow, but it's slow in the way that Low once did, a sort of punk-rock rebellion against speed and belligerence.
  15. Their chemistry undeniable, this debut could serve as a watershed for both members’ future creative outputs.
  16. The chemistry between the two is undeniable, but the format is more suited to Farina's strengths than MacKaye's.
  17. 60
    A set of faintly sad songs so minimal that they're often barely there at all. [May 2005, p.96]
  18. 50
    [An] almost equal measure of intriguing and tiresome music. [Jun 2005, p.108]
  19. 12 tracks that are so feeble and lifeless, it's actually painful to put effort into reviewing them. [Jun 2005, p.160]
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. DevonP
    Jun 18, 2006
    9
    I find this album to be relaxing and a solide piece of work. I would of giving this a 10 if the sound wasn't so empty. For certain I find this album to be relaxing and a solide piece of work. I would of giving this a 10 if the sound wasn't so empty. For certain tracks, I feel like there just a riff someone made up on the spot. Also..... where's the bass? Full Review »
  2. BettoM
    Jul 18, 2005
    10
    The Evens stands as an impressive debut and an interesting move forward for Ian Mackaye. Farina is an excellent drummer and singer, and MacKaye hasn
  3. BradE
    Apr 20, 2005
    10
    This record is vastly different than everything that Ian and Amy have done before, but that is a good thing. Despite the overtly political This record is vastly different than everything that Ian and Amy have done before, but that is a good thing. Despite the overtly political lyrics, this is a very pure and innocent sounding record. One of the most minimalistic and best records I've heard all year. Full Review »