Wallpaper Music - Cheap Time
Metascore
66

Generally favorable reviews - based on 6 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Jun 13, 2012
    80
    Wallpaper Music is a lot more complicated than it seems, and those complications give it a depth and resonance that most garage punk records can't muster.
  2. May 8, 2012
    70
    Novak may keep his arrangements raw and his vocals tunefully challenged, but his songcraft improves with every tune.
  3. May 2, 2012
    70
    The energy levels provided by the quick guitar riffs vary per song, but Cheap Time manages to provide a heavy dose of pure punk dirtiness.
  4. May 2, 2012
    70
    With Novak's world-class sneer resting on top, this is a good set of bad vibes, and rock & roll malcontents should put this album on their want lists pronto.
  5. Aug 3, 2012
    50
    Novak's songwriting abilities are evident, especially on the comfortable sway of "Take It If You Want It". Yet these moments of clarity are few and far between. Instead, Wallpaper Music comes across as a rushed effort.
  6. 50
    Some experiments, like the twangy spring of "Witches in Stock" succeed, while others, such as the lengthy closer "Underneath the Fruit Flies", falter in unnecessary solo shredding and repetitious chants, more likely to inspire boredom than a riot.

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