We the Common - Thao & the Get Down Stay Down

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Feb 5, 2013
    This is Nguyen's strongest work yet, with the aforementioned songwriting taking a leap forward, while gradually perfecting her melting pot sound of country, folk and pop.
  2. Feb 5, 2013
    It’s a rollicking, exciting and inspiring tussle in a corner of Thao’s cheerful quilt of a discography.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Nov 19, 2013
    Thao Nguyen's blend of musical influences is one-of-a-kind. Her mixture of Oriental 12-tones and 4-chord folk-pop progressions is impressive. Her varied use of instruments, tones, and timbres is intriguing. And her stage presence is something that has to be seen to fully understand the eclectic tunes she puts together. The culmination of these factors--a banjo being distorted to sound like a Chinese zither before breaking out into a half-time electric guitar chorus of 'Holy Roller'--ultimately leaves one's mouth agape, wondering what exactly this is, and why it is so good. While reviewers like DIY might think that Nguyen's album is a mediocre continuation of her sound, to newcomers it is a welcome expansion of their musical mind, and one that prompts a further investigation of Thao Nguyen's extensive repertoire. Full Review »