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  • Summary: The second full-length release for the Detroit post-punk band was recorded in one weekend by Bill Skibbe and Jessica Ruffins.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Apr 17, 2014
    100
    This is the best punk rock record you’ll hear this year--never mind that it’s not wholly or even really a punk rock record.
  2. Apr 9, 2014
    90
    Protomartyr has raised the bar high enough for any bands to follow, so high that most won’t even know it’s there.
  3. Apr 8, 2014
    87
    The disjointed nature of Under Color’s thrust somehow catapults its enjoyability.
  4. 80
    eedly bass, tumultuous drums and big, dirty guitars careen beneath Casey's deadpan delivery, building riotously enjoyable labyrinthine passages that lead to nowhere, though Protomartyr make the journey feel essential.
  5. Apr 23, 2014
    80
    More varied stylistically, it offers a powerful reflection of the band's consistently bleak worldview. [May 2014, p.116]
  6. May 23, 2014
    78
    Encrypted menace, lonely tremolo, and herky-jerk rhythms abound on the Detroit quartet's second album.
  7. 60
    There are tunes aplenty, making this second Protomartyr album a surprisingly pleasurable dose of swaggering anomie.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Oct 17, 2014
    10
    I believe this will be the best post-punk album of the year and also one of the best. A vocalist that reminded me Nick Cave with his talents, good and fast beats with riffs that summon the good times of Interpol. It's all about what that alternative rock is today. A high surprise for this band. Expand
  2. Aug 9, 2014
    9
    Was shocked to see nobody has ever put in a good word for this one. Easily one of my top 5 for the year. Mixes hints of Interpol, the Strokes, dance punk, with fun simple lyrics and great hooks. It grows on you even more with repeated listenings... Judge Mathis wouldn't ever stand for it! Expand

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