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68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
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  1. Magnet
    Jun 18, 2014
    70
    The record sounds big, but not too fussed-over. [No. 110, p.56]
  2. 70
    Whilst at times Cool Planet could have benefitted from more of the cohesiveness that marked out Motivational Jumpsuit, its detours and greater collaborative ethos also give Pollard, Sprout and co. greater room for ongoing creativity.
  3. May 15, 2014
    70
    For their sixth album since their 2010 reformation, the tempo has been slowed down. This accounts for a more refined sound, well-rounded lyrical structure and master musicianship.
  4. May 14, 2014
    70
    The weight of history and tape hiss has been lifted and the songs can stand alone on Cool Planet. As it turns out, they hold up pretty well on their own.
  5. 70
    Cool Planet sits perfectly in the balance of effortless craftsmanship and half-arsed laziness. Just where it should be.
  6. May 13, 2014
    70
    This album easily captures Guided by Voices doing what they've always done and always will do--ride their seemingly endless font of catchy tunes and crunchy riffs into infinity, and though this is no career-defining masterpiece, as a make-busy project for five guys stuck in a snowstorm, it's pretty great.
  7. May 13, 2014
    70
    For a band that’s essentially a nostalgia act, Cool Planet proves yet again that Guided by Voices can still matter today.
  8. May 13, 2014
    62
    The line between exhilarating and exasperating is still being straddled to the point where it's starting to chafe.
  9. Classic Rock Magazine
    Dec 18, 2014
    60
    Cool Planet is a messy indie sprawl for the patient faithful. [Aug 2014, p. 204]
  10. Mojo
    Jul 24, 2014
    60
    Tobin's songs offer a more lucid warmth. [Jul 2014, p.96]
  11. Q Magazine
    Jun 17, 2014
    60
    When they do stretch themselves there's much to savour. [Jul 2014, p.109]
  12. May 27, 2014
    60
    A passable release that’s half what you’d want and half what you’d rather forget from a Guided By Voices album.
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  1. Jan 27, 2019
    7
    I was surprised to hear this is one of the less well-received LP's of GBV's comeback. The only real dud is Fast Crawl's dull meandering, theI was surprised to hear this is one of the less well-received LP's of GBV's comeback. The only real dud is Fast Crawl's dull meandering, the rest is pretty standard GBV fare, which is to say, brilliant. Solid opener, bit slow after that, picks up around 'Costume Makes the Man' and more or less maintains consistency thereafter. 'Hat of Flames', 'These Dooms' & 'Table at Fool's Tooth' is a pretty **** trilogy, followed by a Tobin Sprout gem 'All American Boy' So... Cool Planet is a Cool album. Full Review »
  2. May 14, 2014
    6
    It took me a little longer than most of the recent GBV records to get into this one, but it's turned out to be decent, if not a bitIt took me a little longer than most of the recent GBV records to get into this one, but it's turned out to be decent, if not a bit ramshackle. I think Sprout is starting to evolve more. His 'All American Boy' sounds just like a 1971 Lennon song, voice and everything. Pollard is always restless, but here moreso than normal. A lot of his songs are on the weirder end of the spectrum. Full Review »