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 »
  2. ErikH
    Aug 13, 2007
    I bought this CD after many recommendations from friends and critics, and wow was I disappointed. They sound like low-rate Blonde Redhead outtakes. If that sounds appealing to you, by all means purchase this CD and enjoy 20 tracks of it. Full Review »
  3. RG
    Jun 13, 2007
    aaah deerhoof. music as we know it has taken another step to shattering itself and constructing something so basic and so exciting that everynote while meaning nothng carries a sense of purpose. i can t shed that feeling throughout this record. this group is bringing back rock not as other rock gorups do by replicating a former style but creating something playful in a new reincarnation of a former style. simply an amazing record Full Review »