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  • Summary: The latest full-length solo release for the Sonic Youth guitarist features contributions from Deb Googe, Jem Doulton, James Sedwards, Sonic Youth’s Steve Shelley and Negativland's Jon Leidecker.
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  • Record Label: Daydream Library
  • Genre(s): Experimental, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock, Experimental Rock, American Underground, Free Jazz
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Sep 22, 2020
    100
    It’s the longer pieces that really glisten, and they come in several forms. ... Moore’s band, it should be noted, sound increasingly powerful, growing ever groovier and more confident with each release. Their guitars may have unusual tunings, but the players are certainly in-tune with one another, mentally and musically speaking. In summary, cacophonies ahoy!
  2. Sep 22, 2020
    90
    It’s with By The Fire that Thurston Moore goes properly into orbit. Make no mistake; this is an album that stands shoulder to shoulder with the very best of his alma mater.
  3. Sep 24, 2020
    90
    By the Fire isn't a drastic shift, but as Moore goes deeper into the sounds he's been exploring for decades, he uncovers new magic.
  4. Sep 22, 2020
    80
    His music is now more about the deep, nuanced dig into established territory than striking out to plant a flag someplace new, plus exploring different contexts for his signature sound through continued collaboration. [Oct 2020, p.30]
  5. 80
    The result isn’t just Moore’s finest solo album: this is some of the most remarkable music he’s ever been involved in.
  6. Mojo
    Sep 22, 2020
    80
    The results isn't just his best album post-Sonic Youth, but some of the best music he's ever released. [Oct 2020, p.90]
  7. Sep 28, 2020
    50
    On By the Fire opener "Hashish," Moore and his trio wholesale borrow the intro, main riff and melody from Sonic Youth's 1998 single "Sunday," while the most poppy and compact track on the LP, "Cantaloupe", freely cops the guitar rhythm of SY's 1992 classic "Sugar Kane." But once Moore becomes tired of repurposing old riffs, noise breakdowns, and tunings, he reverts to simply repeating intros and harmonies across the album's nine tracks and 80 minutes, melding together elements from the sluggish "Calligraphy" and the guileless "Dreamers Work."

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Score distribution:
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  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
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  1. Oct 3, 2020
    10
    Truly mind blowing! I’m not sure there’s anything else “out there” that compares at the moment. Simply gets better with every needle drop.
  2. Sep 26, 2020
    8
    Great album with long songs! Loved the instrumentals, it's a mix of indie, post-punk, sometimes folk, sometimes melancholic. I didn't like theGreat album with long songs! Loved the instrumentals, it's a mix of indie, post-punk, sometimes folk, sometimes melancholic. I didn't like the vocals sometimes... Expand