The Satanic Satanist

Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Combining Motown falsettos and the best of late-'60s groove rock with spacey loops and hipster-art-collective ?sing-alongs, they deliver a sound that's friendly and familiar without being derivative; it's a sort of retrofitted make-out van on a club crawl.
  2. Alternative Press
    80
    The band are able to overcome the production errors through Gourley's elastic vocal counterpoint, bassist Zachary Scott Carothers' pocket-groping lines and licks so gooey they recall a time when Keith Richards could speak in complete sentences. [Aug 2009, p.110]
  3. Rather than indulging the impulse to ride grooves this mellow off into the sunset, the band keeps one eye trained on the meter (most songs clock in under three minutes), while the other drifts off into the clouds, like on the ’60s-era antiwar singalong 'People Say.'
  4. The music is, as ever, varied and interesting. The Satanic Satanist is a guitar-centric album and it is all the better for it, as Gourley has a unique knack for riffs and leads.
  5. The Satanic Satanist constructs an exquisite medium between indie music and hard rock.
  6. Filter
    74
    Where do these ever-evolving Portlanders go from here? It's anyone's guess, but their latest effort sends them off in the right direction. [Summer 2009, p.106]
  7. Under The Radar
    70
    The result is a (surprisingly) coherent and effective soul-and-funk-inspired album that doesn't try to overstep itself. [Summer 2009, p.62]
  8. As a whole The Satanic Satanists is an enjoyable listen with dynamic arrangements that, while they never stray too far from pop’s narrow confines, rarely sound formulaic.
  9. While it's certainly enjoyable, it's also a bit more generic than anything they've done before.
User Score
8.9

Universal acclaim- based on 35 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Aug 27, 2013
    10
    Don't let the name of this album scare you away. This album is pure gold. This album is the sun to your earth. This album is the air to yourDon't let the name of this album scare you away. This album is pure gold. This album is the sun to your earth. This album is the air to your lungs. This album is the laughter to your child. Seriously. Every single track on this album is beautiful. Full Review »
  2. Jun 22, 2013
    9
    This is the perfect balance between the TRUE Portugal. The Man and more commercial music! Well done!
    Still nothing beats Censored Colors!
    This is the perfect balance between the TRUE Portugal. The Man and more commercial music! Well done!
    Still nothing beats Censored Colors! That album is SICK!
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  3. May 13, 2016
    7
    75/100. Starts off really strong, and kind of trails off at the end. However, a very enjoyable album from start to finish regardless. Best75/100. Starts off really strong, and kind of trails off at the end. However, a very enjoyable album from start to finish regardless. Best tracks are "People Say", "The Sun", and "Everyone is Golden". Full Review »