• Record Label: Sub Pop
  • Release Date: Sep 23, 2014
Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
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  1. Mojo
    Nov 7, 2014
    80
    A fifth studio album filled with hooks aplenty and gonzoid fun. [Nov 2014, p.102]
  2. Sep 22, 2014
    80
    This album is louder, catchier and more memorable [than King Tuff]. It doesn’t break rules or upend conventions, but it fills its songs with more oomph and pressure than ever.
  3. Sep 22, 2014
    80
    Add to the mix boundary-pushing production and what might be his most developed set of tunes so far and the album immediately shuffles to the higher tiers of an already stellar body of work.
  4. Sep 22, 2014
    80
    While King Tuff has skilfully honed his '70s shtick here, Black Moon's appeal reaches deeper, transcending the novelty with well-written tunes that are fun even for those impartial to the decade.
  5. Magnet
    Nov 5, 2014
    75
    Black Moon Spell is King Tuff's glammiest work yet, echoing the swagger of the New York Dolls and the sexy, stoned vocal styling of Marc Bolan. But it still rocks. [No. 114, p.57]
  6. Sep 23, 2014
    75
    This time instead of competing for the throne, if feels more like a party with open guest list.
  7. Sep 23, 2014
    75
    Black Moon Spell wasn’t conceived by Thomas to be a photocopy of the self-titled album--very obviously not--but that doesn’t fix the fact that it’s a little less memorable than its predecessor.
  8. Sep 29, 2014
    70
    If you can glaze over the four total minutes that those three aforementioned songs ["I Love You Ugly," "Madness," and "Demon From Hell"] occupy, what’s left is an all-around good time.
  9. Sep 23, 2014
    70
    Black Moon Spell is a convincing and heartfelt next step, one as charmingly goofy as it self-assured and hard hitting.
  10. 70
    Black Moon Spell is scuzzy, wired and bulging with Marc Bolan vocals, riffs Jimmy Page forgot to stick on any Zeppelin album and a bunch of outrageously catchy choruses. Big fun.
  11. 67
    True to form, the album commands nothing less than the gluttonous nature of its mainspring: a hearty, robust experience that demands an insatiable appetite.
  12. Nov 4, 2014
    65
    We can't legitimately crown Thomas the king of anything yet, but he's definitely closer to the throne here than he's ever been before.
  13. Sep 22, 2014
    64
    If the stories are slightly different, for better or worse, the song remains the same.
  14. Sep 23, 2014
    60
    He lives and breathes it [music] like very little people today do, but for all the guitar work, humour, snarling vocals and at times great writing, there is consistently a level of cringyness that goes with it.
  15. 50
    Despite the interminably silly nature of Black Moon Spell, there are moments when these retro-rockers get it right.

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