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  • Summary: The latest release for the Chicago indie rock band led by Tim Kinsella was self-produced by the band.
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Please be advised, upon entry to my friendship you are consenting to be photographed. Your likeness, used in, understanding of the, stupifying... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Jan 18, 2017
    80
    There’s no mistaking this remains his ship, but from Boo Human in 2008 onward, after a prodigious if somewhat hit-or-miss early ‘00s, patience, and collaboration continue to focus and invigorate Joan of Arc.
  2. Magnet
    Feb 14, 2017
    75
    Not as intentionally abrasive as its predecessor, 2013's Testimonium Songs, even if the new record also opts for clangor and heard edges over tuneful song structures. Still, if He's Got is noisy, it's not unmelodic. [No. 159, p.58]
  3. Jan 18, 2017
    70
    He's Got the Whole This Land Is Your Land in His Hands is a minor gem in the Joan of Arc discography, as Kinsella gives listeners more simply by pulling back.
  4. Jan 18, 2017
    60
    He's Got... may alienate even some of Kinsella's more patient and open-eared fans, as it sometimes wanders into a slow ramble over repetitive dissonance. At the same time, its impulsive quality may be irresistible to a punkier sensibility, offering catharsis in its deliberate lack of polish and self-censorship. If it's possible to be refreshing and somewhat tedious at once, this album nails it.
  5. Feb 15, 2017
    50
    It's a slow-grower, worth applying oneself too. If one can disregard the brashness, drop the record a few times, and get over the weird for weird's sake, it is possible to embrace the complexities buried beneath in this offering from a group of post-punk, avant-garde cobblers.
  6. Jan 20, 2017
    42
    These songs would never be mistaken for any other band—by that same token, it’s often so obtuse it feels like it’s not meant for anyone but its creators.
  7. Jan 18, 2017
    38
    It’s an album that seems to exist primarily to be disliked, and it couldn’t seem prouder of itself for achieving that sad goal. Credit Joan of Arc for this, though: 20 years in, they’re still finding new ways to alienate and infuriate.

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  3. Negative: 1 out of 1
  1. Aug 11, 2017
    2
    Generic. Testimonium Songs are crying in front of this record (and whole discography as well). The lyrics (some musics, as in Cha Cha ChaGeneric. Testimonium Songs are crying in front of this record (and whole discography as well). The lyrics (some musics, as in Cha Cha Cha Chakra and New Wave Hippes, are shallow and VERY uneccessary, besides do not express the feeling that the singer would like to share and its very confuse. Rhythmically, is awful and unlabored. Expand