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  • Summary: The fifth full-length release for the post-hardcore trio led by Steve Albini album is its first in seven years.
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  • Record Label: Touch & Go
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Post-Hardcore, Indie Rock, Noise-Rock
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Riding Bikes
Me and Ted were small and riding bikes along the wall, Stealing things and breaking things. I had my back, he had his, each one had the... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. 100
    It’s going to be hard for Albini, Weston and Trainer to ever top what we find on Dude Incredible. Worthy of filing alongside and above At Action Park and 1000 Hurts, it’s the sound of one of the great bands at the height of their powers.
  2. 91
    Dude Incredible, however, is also one of their most direct albums, the nine songs holding that same menacing gut-punch, despite that highfalutin thematic unity.
  3. Magnet
    Dec 10, 2014
    90
    Twenty years later, the Shellac so many swore by is back, and swinging. [No. 116, p.61]
  4. Sep 19, 2014
    80
    Shellac go straight for your throat and don't loosen their grip until the bitter end.
  5. Sep 25, 2014
    80
    Shellac delivers a very spare and assaultive listen, 33 minutes that fly by and demand repeated listens.
  6. Sep 22, 2014
    80
    Dude Incredible is every bit as lean as its older siblings when it comes to reverb, overdubbings, FX, and samples.
  7. Sep 19, 2014
    70
    Ultimately, Dude Incredible is a good but not great album from an undeniably great band; it doesn't sound lazy, just short one or two top-rank songs that would bump its status up a notch, but it's clearly the work of as strong and interesting a band as you can hear these days.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Mar 11, 2015
    10
    Mind bogglingly good. I love this album, and I can honestly say it's one of Shellac's greatest (although they have a pretty strong discographyMind bogglingly good. I love this album, and I can honestly say it's one of Shellac's greatest (although they have a pretty strong discography all the way through). One of my favorites of 2014. Expand
  2. Nov 26, 2014
    7
    This album has the in-your-face character that Shellac's best album, At Action Park, had. The grooves are better, the bass riffs are moreThis album has the in-your-face character that Shellac's best album, At Action Park, had. The grooves are better, the bass riffs are more prevalent, and the lyrics, while not beautiful or even conventionally intense, have a personality for once on a Shellac record. Favorite track: All the Surveyors. Expand

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