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  • Summary: The first release in four years for the band led by Will Toledo was recorded over two sessions and is said to "contain elements of EDM, hip hop, futurism, doo-wop, soul, and of course rock and roll."
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Apr 29, 2020
    90
    In effect, with Making a Door Less Open, Car Seat Headrest once again achieves that rare feat of musical engineering: the creation of rich environments that foster feeling, not dictate it.
  2. May 1, 2020
    80
    Making A Door Less Open is a worthy addition to the creative evolution of Car Seat Headrest.
  3. May 29, 2020
    80
    As with any Car Seat Headrest record, there’s always a whisper of a phrase, or an unusual lyric that passes you by and later stops you in your tracks. Likewise, there are plenty of musical layers and varied instrumentation that draw your ears one way and another.
  4. May 4, 2020
    75
    The album’s best songs show the potential of a more focused implementation of these styles. But if you’re willing to go along for the ride, you’ll find a lot to love in Will Toledo’s latest reinvention.
  5. May 1, 2020
    70
    t’s open season on genres here. There’s the puerile punk of ‘Hollywood’ (“makes me wanna puke”), and the misguided balladry of ‘What’s With You Lately’. But they’re the only real bum notes. This experimental streak finds better pay off on ‘Hymn (Remix)’, crammed with juddering synths, and the delicious 80s pop of ‘Can’t Cool Me Down’. Sometimes, they veer almost to the middle of the road, radio-friendly hit ‘Martin’, warmed up with muted brass and intricate looping.
  6. Uncut
    Apr 29, 2020
    70
    It feels more like a bedroom project than their recent full-band work, yet Toledo's knack for an irresistible choruses endures. [Jun 2020, p.28]
  7. Apr 30, 2020
    60
    Neither balls-out, show-me-the-money capitulation to market forces, nor boldly experimental enough to count as a disruption to a mainstream form; neither disaster nor triumph. There’s something scattered and awkward about its grafting together of ideas that don’t gel; the sound of a band who have outgrown their initial incarnation but aren’t quite sure what they want now.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. May 1, 2020
    10
    Absolutely wonderful, exactly what I was hoping for these past 4 years since the bands last album written together.
  2. May 2, 2020
    9
    Love it when a young artist explores a new direction or way of expanding their sound. It works. I anticipate Toledo to follow this andLove it when a young artist explores a new direction or way of expanding their sound. It works. I anticipate Toledo to follow this and expand in a grander and louder concept. But for the time being enjoy this! Expand
  3. May 1, 2020
    9
    A divisive record that takes a LOT of risks that ultimately pay off. Car Seat Headrest feels more than ever like a band, and less like a soloA divisive record that takes a LOT of risks that ultimately pay off. Car Seat Headrest feels more than ever like a band, and less like a solo project with a band name. Expand
  4. May 3, 2020
    8
    It can't hold a candle to the wonderfully moody indie rock of Car Seat Headrest albums past, but the greater focus on electronica on "Making AIt can't hold a candle to the wonderfully moody indie rock of Car Seat Headrest albums past, but the greater focus on electronica on "Making A Door Less Open" at least represents an interesting (if not always successful) stylistic deviation for the band, while Will Toledo's songwriting remains as strong and willfully obtuse as ever.

    Choice Cuts: "Deadlines (Hostile)", "Martin", "Life Worth Missing"
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  5. Jun 22, 2020
    8
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    Car Seat Headrest es un proyecto liderado creado y liderado por Will Toledo, quien abrió su carrera con el álbum "Twin Fantasy
    ( 81/100 )

    Car Seat Headrest es un proyecto liderado creado y liderado por Will Toledo, quien abrió su carrera con el álbum "Twin Fantasy (Mirror To Mirror)" en el 2011. Fue hasta el 2015 y 5 albums después que Toledo logró formar una banda completa. Yo lo conocí en el 2018, cuando re-estrenó por segunda vez "Twin Fantasy", pero ahora con una banda, y mi agrado fue inmediato. "Making A Door Less Open" es un reflejo más de la esencia natural y original tanto de Toledo como de la banda con una arriesgada intención de añadir ritmos electrónicos e Indies que, afortunadamente, complementa su estilo con una narrativa instrumental accesible, autentica y atractiva. Producido por Toledo y Andrew Katz, este álbum es una entretenida y enérgica aportación de la banda a su discografía que sus fans agradecerán.
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    Car Seat Headrest is a project led and created by Will Toledo, who opened his career with the album "Twin Fantasy (Mirror To Mirror)" in 2011. It was until 2015 and 5 albums later that Toledo achieved to form a complete band. I knew him in 2018 when he presented for the second time "Twin Fantasy", but now with a whole band, and my affability was immediate. "Making A Door Less Open" is one more reflection of the natural and original essence of Toledo and the band with a risky intention of adding electronic and Indie rhythms that, fortunately, complement their style with an accessible, authentic and attractive instrumental narrative. Produced by Toledo and Andrew Katz, this album is an entertaining and energic contribution to the band's discography that their fans will appreciate.
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  6. May 14, 2020
    8
    It's not perfect, definitely some areas where he's missing imo. But for a real change in the sound, it's pretty damn great. And DeadlinesIt's not perfect, definitely some areas where he's missing imo. But for a real change in the sound, it's pretty damn great. And Deadlines (Thoughtful) is THE jam. Expand
  7. May 4, 2020
    6
    OK. Well, I didn't quite expect this considering their last sound with Teens Of Denial and the re-recording of Twin Fantasy (both of which IOK. Well, I didn't quite expect this considering their last sound with Teens Of Denial and the re-recording of Twin Fantasy (both of which I loved), and I don't know if I like it or not. The album starts off kinda odd, not fond of the long intro on "Weightlifters", but I can enjoy the rest of it. I liked "Can't Cool Me Down" quite a bit, same with "Deadlines (Hostile)", but "Hollywood" is just kinda annoying. I like the beat, but the angry vocals and on-the-nose lyrics are just, like I said, annoying. I agree with the sentiment that Hollywood is hella corrupt and is a messed up industry, but the way it's presented is just too blatant. "Hymn - Remix" is alright, i guess. I like the beat a bit, but the vocal sampling of Will's voice is not something I'm fond of. "Martin" sees a return to form with more traditional CSH sounds, and is really sonically nice. "Deadlines (Thoughtful)" isn't my favorite tbh, in fact I'm slowly starting to dislike it more and more. The electronic sound is not doing it any favors, and that **** base drop somewhere a little after halfway through made me want to just skip to the next song. "What's With You Lately" was nice to hear, it's so simple and nice. It may be short, but it's still pretty enjoyable. "Life Worth Missing" is, I mean, it's alright. Some of the electronic and guitar progressions deadass reminded me of something in an infomercial, but its an alright track regardless. "There Must Be More Than Blood" is the track this album should've ended on. It felt like a good closer, and ends sonically on a high note. It's a bit long at 7 minutes (about), but is a very good track. "Famous" is the album closer, and really leaves a sour taste in my mouth. It's not horrible, but it's not great either. The sampling of those voices is a little too annoying for my taste, and it ends waaaay to abruptly imo.
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    Final Thoughts

    Overall, I was a bit disappointed with this release. It wasn't awful, but jeez was it underwhelming. I still anticipate the next Car Seat Headrest release, as I imagine this is just a sonical detour for the group, but I'm really just not feeling this like I did their other projects.

    Favorite Tracks: Can't Cool Me Down, Deadlines (Hostile), Martin, What's With You Lately, There Must Be More Than Blood

    Least Favorite Tracks: Hollywood, Deadlines (Thoughtful)
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