Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. In keeping it complex, shy and out of the ordinary, Broder has accomplished a composition of delicate and post-modern-day-genius proportions.
  2. One of the best and most refreshing albums released in a long time.
  3. Filter
    88
    Broder has created his own brand of amalgamated Americana: moody, mixed up and damn beautiful. [#6, p.85]
  4. Surprisingly personal and emotionally resonant, Ether Teeth is potent inspiration stretched perhaps too thin, but undeniably captivating in its moments of brilliance.
  5. The sound is small scale, but the bewildering range of styles shows he thinks big -­ listen with your brain plugged in.
  6. A record that practically demands a set of headphones to fully appreciate it; concentrated listening is the only way to reconcile the long passages of ambience with the bracing pop songs that often interrupt.
  7. Q Magazine
    80
    Exhausting, but borderline brilliant too. [May 2003, p.102]
  8. Magnet
    80
    Uneasy listening, certainly, and not for the cursory-minded. [#59, p.94]
  9. The Wire
    70
    For all the homemade, quirky charm on show here -- and the album has plenty of wide open, lyrical moments -- Ether Teeth leaves behind a lingering, moody, melancholy aftertaste. [#231, p.60]
  10. Alternative Press
    70
    An impressive, albeit highly schizophrenic, release that takes multiple listens to even begin to comprehend. [June 2003, p.98]
  11. Uncut
    70
    His twittering creations... use hip hop as their base but defy all attempts at categorisation and recall artists as diverse as Keith Jarrett, DoseOne and Smog. [Jun 2003, p.104]
  12. Broder puts art before music -- as if he's recording an audio version of a painting.
  13. Urb
    50
    Incessantly innovative, it's charming as hell for about the duration of a sidelong glance. [Aug 2003, p.89]
  14. Ether Teeth can be dull if you're paying too much attention to it.
  15. Too much of Ether Teeth sounds like in-between patter for ideas that rarely coalesce.
  16. Singular parts of this disc throw forth a few pretty piano chords or guitar strums but don’t expect to gain anything from this listening.

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