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  1. Oct 16, 2020
    80
    Nightcap leans more towards the song-ish end of things in its first half, though bits of free-wheeling freakery are tucked in between verses and choruses. In the second half, it sprawls more open-endedly across cuts that lead one to another without pause for breath. ... The effect is more like a suite than a collection of tracks, a bravura show of musical prowess that winds through moods, time signatures and keys.
  2. Oct 16, 2020
    80
    Nightcap at Wits' End is the most complete articulation of their wide-reaching creative range, and stands as the their most focused and engaging work to date.
  3. Uncut
    Oct 16, 2020
    80
    The new album is singular in its conception and an impressive leap forward in terms of execution. [Nov 2020, p.20]
  4. Mojo
    Oct 16, 2020
    80
    Punchier and more accessible, while still showcasing the sextet's psychedelic bona fides. [Nov 2020, p.84]
  5. The Wire
    Dec 9, 2020
    80
    Nightcap further distinguishes them as more than a clever amalgam of Dead tropes. The shifting time signatures and dramatic dynamics of “Wasted Time” suggest a fondness for Gabriel-era Genesis while the courtly melody and stentorian storytelling of “Altered Place” conjure thoughts of The Moody Blues at their late 1960s zenith. [Jan 2021, p.72]