Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. May 26, 2020
    90
    If Future Teenage Cave Artists is the only cultural artifact left behind in an apocalypse, future generations will at least have an interesting scripture to use to rebuild.
  2. Jun 5, 2020
    80
    As disorienting as Future Teenage Cave Artists gets, it packs a potent emotional wallop.
  3. Mojo
    May 26, 2020
    80
    There's more hope to be found in the sound Deerhoof assemble into single songs that play like a hallucinating DJ's set. Any element sounds perfectly straight by itself, but layered together, they feel imported from the multiverse. [Jul 2020, p.87]
  4. Uncut
    May 26, 2020
    80
    As irresistibly loopy and buoyantly Beefheartian as anything in Deerhoof's formidable back catalogue. [Jul 2020, p.29]
  5. Jun 2, 2020
    78
    In Future Teenage Cave Artists’ hectic, crammed-to-the-brim structure, Johann Sebastian gives Deerhoof listeners something they have been methodically denied: space to process the music.
  6. May 26, 2020
    73
    Even if nothing on here rises to the career-best heights of 2003’s Apple O’ or 2005’s The Runners Four, it’s another strong album from a band whose sheer continued existence (and refusal to bend to conventional recording standards) often feels like a triumph of absurdity in the face of encroaching hopelessness.
  7. Jun 16, 2020
    70
    A ragged, gnarly listen, Future Teenage Cave Artists is, fittingly, one of the band’s most experimental offerings in years, offering short bursts of breakneck, catchy garage rock, counterbalanced by plenty of reverb-drenched dissonance and eerie atmospherics. Just as it feels like it may be settling into something approaching conventional songcraft, the band chucks in a blast of competing ideas that sound like they’re eating each other alive, desperately scrambling for survival.
  8. May 28, 2020
    70
    Everything they touch holding a vintage sheen of some kind, but it’s such a broad and masterful selection that there’s no sense of pastiche. The lyrics across the record let it down - they match the random patchwork of the sound, but take a step too far in the direction of gibberish for the most part.
  9. May 26, 2020
    70
    It’s never an easy listen, sure, but there’s method to the madness.
  10. 60
    It wouldn’t be a Deerhoof album if there wasn’t a barrage of unexpected riffs, squeals and feedback littered across most tracks, as well as a few madcap lyrical excursions.
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Jun 1, 2020
    8
    For those who have not listened but are familiar with Deerhoof's previous albums that seem to balance/blend experimental music with pop music,For those who have not listened but are familiar with Deerhoof's previous albums that seem to balance/blend experimental music with pop music, this album leans more towards the experimental end although there are still plenty of really catchy moments. Moreover, the type of experimental music Deerhoof does is very melodic, not noisy and abrasive which people sometimes seem to connotative to the term "experimental".

    It is so much fun to hear how Deerhoof is always coming up with creative sounds on every one of their new releases. No two albums sound redundant, making them a perpetually fresh and exciting band to listen to.
    Full Review »