Walk It Off

Metascore
61

Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 24
  2. Negative: 1 out of 24
  1. Alternative Press
    90
    It's rare to pull off an album this succint and not invite boredom; it's even rarer if it fucking rocks. [May 2008, p.135]
  2. Walk it Off is certainly not for everyone; but if you tire of quick fix indie and are craving something a little more cerebral to get your teeth into, it requires immediate investigation.
  3. So Tapes gets a best-of-both-worlds sophomore album, keeping everything that won people over while slightly tampering with the sonics, avoiding charges of stale repetition.
  4. The album as a whole finds a strange homogeny, and Tapes 'N Tapes keep exploring hip, leaving everyone guessing as to whether they meant to make such a confusing outfit or the pieces were just on sale.
  5. It doesn't match its predecessor but it's a banquet of sound well worth feasting on.
  6. 70
    Eventually, Walk It Off reveals Tapes ‘N Tapes’ debut, 2006’s The Loon, to be both leaner and meaner.
  7. There are enough sturdy ideas in Walk It Off’s first half – just about--to ensure Tapes ‘N Tapes’ good ship stays afloat for a third bout, and it’s definitely a record that’ll reward repeated plays, but with the twilit otherness of "The Loon" largely evaporated here, it’ll need a change of tack to put the wind back in their sails and set the blogosphere to reeling once more.
  8. 60
    There are pleasures to be found on Walk It Off, and in the context of Tapes 'n Tapes growth as songwriters, the record is a modest breakthrough. [Apr 2008, p.102]
  9. This record will not make you fall for T 'N T, but it might make you give them one more chance.
  10. An uneven album that just barely avoids the sophomore slump.
  11. Walk It Off communicates only through the reach of its buzzing instrumentation.
  12. Walk It Off is hardly a disaster, but it is a strange, lopsided album--despite its focus, it just doesn't play to Tapes 'n Tapes strengths as much as it should have.
  13. Not everything is so distinctive, and there's some generic Modest Mouse/Arcade Fire indie histrionics. But the Tapes are finding their voice.
  14. Q Magazine
    60
    Two years pm, this follow-up wavers between bouts of overblown, Arcade Fire-aping drama and Pavement slacker rock. [May 2008, p.139]
  15. Mojo
    60
    A crash, bang, wallop delivery, plus an organic fuzz, like stubble against a microphone, colour 'Headshock' and 'Le Ruse,' but smart arrangements and Josh Grier's slackjawed, cryptic confessionals tap into something beyond blokey bluster. [June 2008, p.106]
  16. Walk It Off attempts "The Loon's" indie patchwork using fewer and larger pieces, causing less-than-stellar ideas and riffs to suddenly become load-bearing pillars for painfully linear three-minute pop songs.
  17. 50
    T’nT use gnarled-up keyboard sounds and mix tricks the way third-tier punk bands use screaming and feedback--to disguise the lack of something to say.
  18. Problem is, Walk It Off is recorded like a single, 45-minute Big Event, rendering the alleged omniharp, tubular bells, and timpani mere liner-note abstractions.
  19. Under The Radar
    50
    While endeavoring to find their own sound, Tapes 'N Tapes ultimately come off as somewhat generic. [Spring 2008, p.81]
  20. 50
    Walk It Off does offer a few highlights, but it fails to yield a comprehensive sense of T&T's sound, and blatantly lacks any cohesive progression.
  21. Unfortunately, they didn’t miss by biting off more than they could chew; it’s more a sense of complacency you get form listening to Walk It Off.
  22. Uncut
    40
    Only on 'Time of Songs' do the Tapes sound more than just another bunch of collegiate slackers with cool record collections. [May 2008, p.111]
  23. Walk It Off combines songs that attempt an idiosyncratic progression, but fail to expand upon things like, say, songwriting, with songs that struggle to capture a bright ol’ Indie Rock flame that was once there.
  24. They don’t always succeed on Walk It Off, in part because producer Dave Fridmann’s oversaturated-in-both-senses-of-the-word indie-psych sound does them no favors in their attempt to establish an identifiable TNT brand.
User Score
7.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. DanielB.
    Apr 17, 2008
    9
    Dave Fridmann ruined "Some Loud Thunder"? I don't think so-- that album is brilliant! And this one is damn good. I even like the poppier Dave Fridmann ruined "Some Loud Thunder"? I don't think so-- that album is brilliant! And this one is damn good. I even like the poppier tunes that no one seems to be talking about-- "Headshock" and "Hang Them All". You're just not listening right. P.S. They're brilliant live. Full Review »
  2. TrevorW.
    Apr 14, 2008
    8
    This is far from a disappointment. The vocals are not quite as memorable as The Loon, but the songs are cohesive and catchy. Songs like "Time This is far from a disappointment. The vocals are not quite as memorable as The Loon, but the songs are cohesive and catchy. Songs like "Time of Songs" and "Lines" are classic. It will be interesting to see where this band goes from here. I feel like the critical reaction to this is similar to Interpol's recent album. Both bands show enormous song-writing talent, but just need to be re-inspired. Full Review »
  3. ElwinR.
    Apr 14, 2008
    7
    A slight step back from their gorgeous debut album 'The Loon'. Still a groovy album, lots of TnT's charm isn't lost. But A slight step back from their gorgeous debut album 'The Loon'. Still a groovy album, lots of TnT's charm isn't lost. But the problem is that a lot of the songs are quit predictable here. The great built-ups from the first album are rare here. One of those really cool built-up songs is Lines. It builts momentum. It has great energy and is one of the best songs of the album. There are definately some solid and entertaing tracks here. As well as a few gorgeous parts, but it feels too polished over all. Hope their third album will be better. Not bad at all, but The Loon is still the reason why we love them. Full Review »