Metascore
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Generally favorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. Jul 25, 2012
    60
    What is surprising is just how chief songwriter Oliver Ackermann shapes their face-melting shoegaze into something altogether more sophisticated. [Aug 2012, p.94]
  2. Jul 9, 2012
    60
    It's not what you came in for, but quite pleasant all the same. [10 Jun 2012, p.53]
  3. Jul 5, 2012
    60
    A Place to Bury Strangers are adept at capturing a certain kind of aggressive energy, but too often they bottle it in middling pop songs.
  4. Jul 2, 2012
    60
    The highlights of their third album appear to have been forged rather than recorded. [Aug 2012, p.69]
  5. Jun 25, 2012
    60
    Worship doesn't break new ground, and it's arguably not even the greatest record done in this vein (or even the greatest record by APTBS, for that matter). But there's a diligent craftsmanship here and just enough attitude to carry the album all the way to the finish line.
  6. Jun 22, 2012
    60
    Make no mistake, this record sounds amazing... But in choosing to stick to classic song structures rather than utilise their incredible sound technology to explore the experimental avant-garde, or to make killer dance tracks, A Place To Bury Strangers run the risk of all their songs sounding pretty much the same.
  7. Jun 11, 2012
    60
    An exhaustingly incoherent listen.
  8. Jun 8, 2012
    60
    Despite the aggression in their music, it's not uncommon for APTBS to tone things down a few tracks into an album, but watch out for the lull in this one.
  9. Jul 3, 2012
    50
    While Worship occasionally soars on its own beautiful anonymity, it misses the bar set by a line of charismatic frontmen who exposed themselves through compelling narratives.
  10. 40
    APTBS mask a lack of ideas or something to say by inventing louder volumes than everyone else.

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