Vanishing Point

  • Record Label: Sub Pop
  • Release Date: Apr 2, 2013

Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
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  1. Mar 29, 2013
    A Mudhoney album through and through: no outright surprises sonically, but beneath the roar it's hard not to admire how their perennial piss-takes are subtly deepening and how their saturated superfuzz always sounds so good.
  2. Apr 1, 2013
    As you get better acquainted with Vanishing Point your perspective will shift, as they do on most albums that play up their surface unflatteringly.
  3. Apr 3, 2013
    Vanishing Point is both an anachronism and, if you’re on Mudhoney’s wavelength, a hilarious bulwark against everything that’s annoyingly ephemeral about contemporary underground culture.
  4. Uncut
    Mar 29, 2013
    Vanishing Point is a riot of dirty--yet never cluttered--Detroit riffs and Mark Arm's laconically enrage vocals. [May 2013, p.74]
  5. Q Magazine
    Apr 9, 2013
    [They sound] pissed off, over-amped, just the right side of sloppy, shorn of the brass grafted into recent outings--i.e. exactly like themselves. [May 2013, p.106]
  6. Mojo
    Apr 9, 2013
    Vanishing Point might be the best of this bunch, the group's B-movie R&B leaner and lairier than ever. [May 2013, p.86]
  7. Apr 5, 2013
    While it’s very much business as usual--groove-led-Stooges-acid-pop with added screaming--it sounds so gloriously Mudhoney it offers a thrill akin to Popping Candy fizzing in My Little Pony blood.
  8. Under The Radar
    Mar 29, 2013
    Think Ash covering Nirvana and you'll have an idea of just how bad an idea this album is. [Mar-Apr 2013, p.94]
  9. Putting the fun in grunge since 1988, Mudhoney drink from the familiar well of Iggy on their ninth album with outrageously enjoyable results.
  10. Mar 29, 2013
    The reality that Vanishing Point is such a vibrant and quintessential Mudhoney album makes it a real triumph.
  11. Apr 2, 2013
    While Vanishing Point keeps the slack alive, it cries for an extra shot of venom and volume.
  12. 60
    Think of it as maturing without growing up, and it works here on a handful of tracks.
  13. Apr 1, 2013
    As much as these songs hit upon Mudhoney's winning elements, there's a lack of swing in the band's step.
  14. Apr 12, 2013
    Vanishing Point serves as a 34-minute distillation of what those who still expect things out of Mudhoney expect from Mudhoney.
  15. Apr 17, 2013
    There’s just not enough that grabs you by the throat and pulls you back to listen over and over again.
  16. 85
    In other words, they haven’t lost a step as a band.
  17. Mar 29, 2013
    Vanishing Point proves the quartet is still a thrilling proposition, in love with the simplicity of mayhem and volume.
  18. Apr 1, 2013
    There's little doubt that Mudhoney intend this to be an obtuse, difficult listen--the lyrical allusions to GG Allin certainly suggest as much--but its lackadaisical approach leaves it feeling toothless rather than effortlessly cool.
  19. Apr 12, 2013
    There remains a re-assurance in these grooves that here is a band that knows what is does best and is perfectly happy to play to its strengths.
  20. Jun 4, 2013
    [Vanishing Point is] raw and unrefined, it has as much energy and attitude as any of their previous albums.
  21. Apr 10, 2013
    The guitars still crunch as hard as ever, and Dan Peters’ drumming has that distinct set of accents that keep the anticipation high.
  22. Classic Rock Magazine
    Jun 25, 2013
    This is punk rock at its snotty, hilarious best, rattling along on an 100mph wave of smart, deadly one-liners and beautifully abrasive riffs. [Jun 2013, p.87]

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