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7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 58 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 47 out of 58
  2. Negative: 5 out of 58

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  1. garrisonF
    Jul 28, 2006
    4
    thebigstanator...this band would be nothing right now without pitchfork. the word mediocre instantly comes to mind. i feel bad for pitchfork. 99% of the music in '06 sucks, so they over hype anything even listenable. Girl Talk, Danielson, Sunset Rubdown, TV on the Radio, Scott Walker...god the list can go on forever. Scott Walker made my ears bleed prefusely. I dunno about you thebigstanator...this band would be nothing right now without pitchfork. the word mediocre instantly comes to mind. i feel bad for pitchfork. 99% of the music in '06 sucks, so they over hype anything even listenable. Girl Talk, Danielson, Sunset Rubdown, TV on the Radio, Scott Walker...god the list can go on forever. Scott Walker made my ears bleed prefusely. I dunno about you guys...definitely not the hipsters...but the only review i care about is my own. Expand
  2. GrayW
    Jul 28, 2006
    4
    Grated I haven't actually listened to the full album in full- just heard most it in a record store. I've heard the singles numerous times since though and I remain throughly unimpressed. All those big alternative bands that the critics champion almost always fall into my favourite bands pile. I don't like a few of them, these guys fall into that pile. A big problem I have Grated I haven't actually listened to the full album in full- just heard most it in a record store. I've heard the singles numerous times since though and I remain throughly unimpressed. All those big alternative bands that the critics champion almost always fall into my favourite bands pile. I don't like a few of them, these guys fall into that pile. A big problem I have is how they are trying to be all crazy and wacky. But the biggest problem I have with this is that they fall into a scene thats getting a bit old now, yip its 3rd-tier Arcade Fire people and I don't like it. Expand
  3. Ross
    Jul 28, 2006
    6
    When I read reviews of this album, I thought I was going to love it. Pavement? The Pixies? Hell yes! And when it works, this album is indeed quite awesome. "Insistor," "Buckle" and "The Illiad" are all catchy and propulsive rockers. Unfortunately, the album doesn't always work out that well, and when it fails, it really is quite boring. Overall, though, it's a promising debut When I read reviews of this album, I thought I was going to love it. Pavement? The Pixies? Hell yes! And when it works, this album is indeed quite awesome. "Insistor," "Buckle" and "The Illiad" are all catchy and propulsive rockers. Unfortunately, the album doesn't always work out that well, and when it fails, it really is quite boring. Overall, though, it's a promising debut from a promising band. Expand
  4. JustinD
    Sep 5, 2006
    6
    Decent. Kind of fun to listen to. But grossly overrated and overhyped and not really that great. I've lived in the Twin CIties my whole life so I feel some hometown obligation to love and push this record but I can't do it. Too much of a rip off. Most of them aren't even from here anyways ;)
  5. jb
    Sep 30, 2006
    4
    Totally overhyped stuff.
  6. PaulH.
    May 12, 2006
    4
    Man, people really will eat up anything Pitchfork tells them is good, right? To summarize this record in one word: yawn!
Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. The Loon is nothing short of an incredibly focused song suite, minus all the extraneous frivolities that you’ve gotten too used to hearing from an "incredibly focused song suite."
  2. You will not be able to tear yourself away from this album. This is no daringly outrageous, Kid A-esque “progressive” music that nobody really enjoys listening to. This is rock 'n roll.
  3. The first must-listen record of the year.