Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. This is nothing short of a monumental piece of work.
  2. It is something most indie-rock bands take a long time to achieve, if ever: a heavy footfall, a no-half-stepping opus, a defining statement. [9 Oct 2005]
  3. Interesting, unique, weird and inviting.
  4. By turns jubilant, confused, afraid, angry, sad, relieved, all pretty poignant, yes.
  5. All told, it's another triumph for a band whose creative peak seems to defy gravity with each passing year.
  6. 83
    This time they come dangerously close to conventional rock. [Nov 2005, p.101]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 65 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 42
  2. Negative: 11 out of 42
  1. Jan 26, 2011
    This is one of the most tragically underrated albums on this site. It's a cutesy-brutesy masterwork with tons of delightfully catchy riffs and melodies counterpointed by jagged, face-melting rock-outs, often in the same song. A lot of people can't get over Satomi Matsuzaki's voice and the group's undeniable weirdness, but anyone willing to embrace Deerhoof's eccentricities will find a lot to love here. Few albums can put anyone in a good mood as effortlessly as this glorious, sprawling mess of kitschy ear candy. Full Review »