The Rose Has Teeth In The Mouth Of A Beast

  • Record Label: Matador
  • Release Date: May 9, 2006

Universal acclaim - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. At the purest of all levels, this is a presentation of sound in detail, which, to listen to carefully reveals surprise after surprise.
  2. Matmos have created something dense, complex, puzzling and potentially meaningless to anyone but themselves and those who listen to music with their head instead of their gut, their hips or their feet.
  3. There are a few moments when the concept's cooler than the result, but in general The Rose Has Teeth's experiments result in frenetic dance tracks doubling as reading lists.
  4. Even if it's not as cohesive as their two previous albums, it's some of their best (and certainly most ambitious) work.
  5. Challenging, ingenious, electronic surrealism for the brain and ears.
  6. As with the conceptual aspect, knowing the peculiar provenance of the noises on The Rose Has Teeth is actually supplemental to one's enjoyment of this suite... which stands alone as an enthralling aural experience.
  7. It’s both business as usual and their most complex set of ideas to date.
  8. Matmos have created a digital manifestation of their own personality, one that would be done more justice through psychoanalysis than musical description.
  9. It’s rare that a band broadens their musical scope while offering a more intimate glimpse into their influences in one fell swoop, but Matmos do that here.
  10. Graced by a new lightness of touch and simply better as programmers, the two friends behind Matmos sound loose and lively where they once sounded stiff.
  11. New Musical Express (NME)
    Easy to admire, but hard to really love. [27 May 2006, p.31]
  12. Under The Radar
    One's patience for this material can vary, and without a visual component, the experimental tracks wear thin and won't likely be revisited. [Summer 2006, p.92]
  13. Alternative Press
    Fascinating as it is, Matmos' complex creative process would be for naught if it didn't generate music you want to hear more than once. [Jul 2006, p.208]
  14. Mojo
    A record sensational only in the best ways. [Jun 2006, p.103]
  15. Uncut
    By turns poppy, cerebral and conceptually cute. [Jun 2006, p.106]
  16. Somewhat self-indulgent, it's remarkably listenable considering some of the "instruments" used.
  17. With The Rose... Matmos have created a work that fuses music and concept art, and doesn't sound like a terrible pretentious mess. It's an achievement that deserves your attention.
  18. Q Magazine
    Their cut-ups... work best when at their most odd. [Jun 2006, p.117]
  19. Spin
    More danceable (and vulgar) than previous releases.
  20. Ultimately, the problem with Beast is that both its concept and its performance are so defined by their academic removes that it's impenetrable.
  21. The Wire
    This is a remarkably rich and complex achievement. [#267, p.52]

Awards & Rankings

User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. MaryH
    Jul 4, 2006
    Extraordinary concept album-- well beyond my already-high expectations. Plus, the album art is to die for.
  2. marcos
    Jun 8, 2006
    Weak and boring.
  3. DaveA
    May 27, 2006
    Time for these guys to put their foot in their mouth.