Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
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  1. 100
    The band artfully showcase their musical knowledge to create a project which marks a clear distinction for the largely instrumental band. With ‘Mordechai’, Khruangbin have at once expanded their horizons while rooting their latest project in a sound they’ve made their own.
  2. Jun 26, 2020
    91
    “Mordechai” contains this unusual and alluring group’s best work yet.
  3. Uncut
    Jun 23, 2020
    90
    Mordechai is a great record, made by deep listeners who believe that discerning taste does not equate to snobbishness, Through it, we're reminded that good music is for everyone. [Aug 2020, p.20]
  4. Jun 26, 2020
    80
    Intensely relaxing, wonderfully addictive, and ultra-mellow, ‘Moredechai’ is this summer’s sunset record.
  5. 80
    The group sit deeper than ever in their grooves on their third outing, and the moments of tranquillity are even more zen. Mordechai offers a rich, meditative escape from the world, something more welcomed than ever in the current climate.
  6. Jun 25, 2020
    80
    Khruangbin's music can still work as an ebullient, sun-baked soundtrack to daily activities, social gatherings, or cross-country road trips, but their songs have gotten more expressive and soul-searching, and Mordechai rewards closer listening more than any of their previous recordings.
  7. Jun 25, 2020
    80
    A a culmination of those travels as well as a homage to Houston. Laura Lee’s (bassist) homecoming provided her with the clarity that was needed to create the well-executed diversity shown.
  8. Q Magazine
    Jun 23, 2020
    80
    The whole set is sumptuously produced and is the trio's most fully realised sonic adventure yet. [Summer 2020, p.98]
  9. Jun 23, 2020
    80
    The album is an ode to all that Khruangbin have achieved and a look forward to everything that is to come.
  10. Jun 23, 2020
    80
    Mordechai finds Khruangbin coming into their own, thanks to the band’s lyrical development and the honing of their fusion of intercontinental influences. As the adage goes, there’s nothing new under the sun, but Mordechai makes a case that maybe there just might be.
  11. Jul 1, 2020
    74
    Mordechai is still very much a psychedelic vista of an album, but the difference is all with the vocals. The bassist of the group, Laura Lee Ochoa, takes command, with her long, stretched-out phrases adding massively to their overall kaleidoscopic groove. The interesting thing here is that the vocals never take a front line, instead they’re always carefully mixed to merely assist the guitar or percussion, creating a fuller sonic experience for the listener.
  12. Rolling Stone
    Jul 7, 2020
    70
    The Houston retro perfectionists create great global grooves with multilingual narratives. [Jul 2020, p.87]
  13. Jul 1, 2020
    60
    While Mordechai falls just short of providing that ‘sit up and take notice’ moment many of us have been waiting for, there’s certainly a lot to admire about Khruangbin – not least their formidable crate-digging skills.
  14. Jun 29, 2020
    60
    If they are willing to try out different moods and feelings, while still using that winning formula of tones and instruments, they could be a great band. On Mordechai, Khruangbin gets one step closer.
  15. 60
    The music is fine, if aimless.
  16. Jun 26, 2020
    58
    Mordechai doesn’t quite commit to delivering fleshed-out songs, or to synthesizing Khruangbin’s influences into something new. It’s too busy to settle fully into your subconscious like the intercontinental ambience of Khruangbin’s 2018 breakout Con Todo El Mundo, but not substantial enough to satisfy more active listening.
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Jul 2, 2020
    7
    É um álbum de faixas inteligentes - Moderchai mistura estilos regionais e populares, com os agagôs de fundo que tão um tom bem típico asÉ um álbum de faixas inteligentes - Moderchai mistura estilos regionais e populares, com os agagôs de fundo que tão um tom bem típico as composições; instrumental limpo, casamento voz / som muito legal. Acho que falta um corpo às faixas, elas são lineares a maior parte do tempo, não tem uma explosão, assim, que te deixe impactado - se faz parte da proposta de Khruangbin ou não, poderia ser esse o tempero de Mordechai; é um bom estilizado, bonito! Full Review »
  2. Jul 1, 2020
    7
    Some of the songs can get a bit repetitive at times, but overall a groovy and pleasant album to listen to, with some pretty cool bass riffs.