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Generally favorable reviews- based on 16 Ratings

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  • Summary: This is the first new full-length release in nearly 20 years for the California indie rock/slowcore band.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Dec 13, 2019
    90
    It's still Duster to the core -- as sad, exhilarating, and powerful as ever -- but it's colored by 20 years of life experience and dipped even more deeply in melancholy. At a time when almost every band ever has reunited to make disappointing, derivative music, Duster have come back to make their most sonically challenging and emotionally invested record yet.
  2. Dec 13, 2019
    80
    It's a moving, eclectic return that longtime fans will admire—and find themselves surprised to discover them for the first time.
  3. Dec 13, 2019
    80
    With the band's integrity, commitment to their craft and immunity to the passing of time, they're sure to make their patient fans happy with Duster.
  4. 80
    Duster have finally found their audience in 2019, and their self-titled album shows that the band still has a lot left up their sleeve.
  5. 80
    For better or worse, Duster sounds as though it was created by humans. Imperfections are packed into structures that are more comprehensible, and far less nebulous. Each crackle, echo and strained vocal makes the limitations of being human seem not only clear, but beautiful in its vulnerability.
  6. Dec 30, 2019
    74
    Their new, self-titled album bears all the hallmarks of classic Duster records: plodding drums, skeletal basslines, and guitar work that sparkles in the darkness like dew on a cobweb.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Dec 22, 2019
    10
    It's as if the band never broke up in the first place, picking up right where they left off over 15 years ago.
  2. Dec 18, 2019
    9
    Are you serious? A measly 5 critics is all that reviewed this? There is no justice in this world. Fantastic album!
  3. Jan 2, 2020
    9
    A great evolution of their sound. More anguish, slower and somehow more mesmerising. It's great to see these people continue experimenting.