• Record Label: Sub Pop
  • Release Date: May 27, 2014
Metascore
74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
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  1. Jul 28, 2014
    80
    Dereconstructed poses a challenge and stands defiant, and it works surprisingly well as the unexpected convergence of a number of long-running cultural traditions.
  2. Mojo
    Jul 24, 2014
    80
    The songs are rigorously infectious. [Jul 2014, p.96]
  3. Jul 1, 2014
    80
    Dereconstructed sounds like a continually exploding bombshell.
  4. May 27, 2014
    80
    Throughout the album, the guitars provide friction and rough-and-tumble tension, and there’s more of both in Mr. Bains’s words.
  5. May 27, 2014
    80
    With these songs, Bains surely wants to make you think; he surely will make you shake.
  6. May 27, 2014
    80
    Maybe the pace flags a little after a ferocious start--The Company Man is as pure a shot of adrenaline as a guitar band will release this year--but that's just a quibble about a terrific album.
  7. May 27, 2014
    78
    It’s a dirty-sounding album, full of scuzzy red-line guitars and overdriven vocals, but even all that speaker-busting grit doesn’t hide the alluring melodies Bains threads among the mayhem.
  8. 70
    The pacing of the album is questionable, and silly lines like “we got motherfucking internet” and proclamations of Southern living do get old by the record’s end. But these are nitpicking complaints of an otherwise fine rock record straight from Alabama.
  9. May 27, 2014
    70
    While Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires may be a great rock & roll band, they haven't quite cracked the code on making a great album, at least in terms of audio, and Dereconstructed manages to be impressive, encouraging, and frustrating at the same time.
  10. May 30, 2014
    60
    What you’re left with in Dereconstructed is an odd dichotomy. On the musical side, it’s your standard, albeit energizing, clamor. Lyrically, however, it’s admirable for the poignant and pointed glimpse it affords into an underrepresented southern point of view.
  11. Jun 5, 2014
    45
    Dereconstructed can be fiercely intelligent, but more often it is frustratingly blinkered; his lyrics can be defiantly blunt, but they’re often elbowed out by music that is dumbly bombastic.

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