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  • Summary: The seventh full-length release for the alternative rock band that was formed by brothers Jeff and Steven McDonald.
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Kerrang!
    Aug 21, 2019
    80
    It's hard to imagine a more enchanting soundtrack to the summer. [24 Aug 2019, p.55]
  2. Aug 30, 2019
    80
    The whole album revolves around the idea of rock & roll as a freeing source of energy, a non-stop party that can uplift those who embrace it. The McDonald brothers are living proof of that idea and Beyond the Door is another example of how pure their love for the form is and how powerfully they channel the true unadulterated ideals of the music.
  3. Classic Rock Magazine
    Aug 21, 2019
    80
    This, almost surreally, is only their seventh album and contains not a dull moment. [Sep 2019. p.83]
  4. Uncut
    Aug 21, 2019
    80
    Beyond The Door might at times nod to good-time escapism, but it also represents unsullied rock'n'roll in music's most splintered age. [Sep 2019, p.33]
  5. Aug 23, 2019
    70
    Beyond the Door isn't without its filler (particularly on the back half) but considering how its 11 songs breeze by in around 30 minutes, the weaker songs are easy to shrug off and forget. It isn't one of those albums that finds the band pushing the limits of its riff-filled overdriven bubblegum pop, either, but it's just as satisfying as any of their other albums.
  6. Mojo
    Aug 21, 2019
    60
    Their needling attack punctures fevered egos on There's No One Like You, and cooks up some pleasingly wonky acid-rock, but best of the bunch is the closing flourish When Do I Get To Sing "My Way." [Sep 2019, p.88]
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 4
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  1. Aug 25, 2019
    9
    This an authentic rock album, written, produced and performed by an authentic, veteran band. The title track is the best song of the summer.
  2. Sep 18, 2019
    6
    These renowned California indie power pop rockers return with their 8th studio album—a rollicking rock ‘n’ roll affair that mixes melody withThese renowned California indie power pop rockers return with their 8th studio album—a rollicking rock ‘n’ roll affair that mixes melody with muscle and a sparking glam-pop energy. They sound more like a fresh, young, talented group just out of the gate, rather than a band that has been continuously cranking out potent albums for 3 ½ decades. Members have played with The Melvins, Tater Totz, Dumb Numbers, Off!, Altamont, Celebrity Skin, Shrinebuilder, more. Includes a cover of “When Do I Get To Sing ‘My Way’” by Sparks. RIYL: Cheap Trick, Sloan, Teenage Fanclub, The Rezillos. While there aren’t any real stand-out tracks here, “Beyond The Door” checks in as a solid batch of power pop rock songs to propel through the summer. Recommended for fun. Expand
  3. Sep 3, 2019
    4
    I had high hopes for this album after a long gap since Researching The Blues. Sadly it's seems so uninspired and pedestrian that nothingI had high hopes for this album after a long gap since Researching The Blues. Sadly it's seems so uninspired and pedestrian that nothing leaves much of an impression. It might grow on me a bit with repeated listenings, but I doubt it. Very disappointing. Expand
  4. Aug 23, 2019
    3
    First things first. I love Redd Kross but boy, this album is a major disappointment. The best track is a cover of Sparks 'When Do I Get toFirst things first. I love Redd Kross but boy, this album is a major disappointment. The best track is a cover of Sparks 'When Do I Get to Sing 'My Way'', and that's not exactly great. The rest, sad to say, is just utterly forgettable. Their worst album by far. Expand