Metascore
69

Generally favorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. Jun 8, 2012
    90
    Constantly exhilarating, it's a sensory obliteration that proves that now, more than ever, APTBS are much more than just noise.
  2. Jun 26, 2012
    84
    APTBS's newest, the relentlessly brilliant Worship, seems designed to drive the listening public violently to their knees.
  3. Jun 27, 2012
    80
    An album that's just as vital as it is accomplished.
  4. Jun 26, 2012
    78
    They've made one of the most counterintuitively accessible albums of the year.
  5. Jul 24, 2012
    75
    Worship makes solid use of driving pop and new-wave inspirations straight out of the sort of black-lit club that doesn't open until 2 a.m. and practically serves absinthe on tap. [No.89, p.58]
  6. Jul 9, 2012
    70
    A Place To Bury Strangers succeeds in one aspect: It produces music so hammering and explosively airy that it crumbles the very walls used to create such an echoed and amplified sound. It just fails to recognize that in doing so for almost 45-minutes straight, we begin to feel like we're getting buried alive under the rubble.
  7. The results are loud, punishing, totally lacking in subtlety, and at this juncture, almost completely predictable.
  8. Jun 28, 2012
    70
    A Place to Bury Strangers hadn't yet reached the point where it needed reinvention, but giving its sound a few well-considered tweaks pushes its creative momentum forward even faster.
  9. 70
    A Place to Bury Strangers have offered up another winning album that, while hardly the most pop-friendly record you'll hear this year, proves itself worthy of revisiting.
  10. Jun 13, 2012
    70
    A disturbing but utterly all-consuming listen.
  11. 70
    It's not as abrasive or confrontational as previous efforts, but Worship nevertheless shimmers with a defiantly bleak edge. [Jul 2012, p.90]
  12. Jun 8, 2012
    70
    Long term fans might find Worship not as visceral as previous outings, whilst those intrigued by occasional flashes of melody might find themselves beaten into submission by the album's oppressive nature.
  13. Worship [is] an occasionally solid, but ultimately forgettable affair.
  14. Jun 26, 2012
    67
    There's not enough conviction or charisma on the surface of Worship's dulled sandpaper to break the skin, let alone get under it.
  15. Jun 25, 2012
    65
    While A Place to Bury Strangers take the brave step of allowing the distortion to dissipate, the unfettered view isn't always flattering: Ackermann's lyrics can sound like they were torn out of a bored, trench-coated high-school kid's notebook, with the cyber-punk fantasia of "Mind Control" and I-want-to-die miserablism.

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