• Record Label: Merge
  • Release Date: Jun 4, 2013

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
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  1. Magnet
    Jun 17, 2013
    Partygoing is arguably as good as Memories Of Love. [No.99, p.54]
  2. Jun 4, 2013
    Not everything here works.... The rest, delightfully, sounds like nothing else around.
  3. Jun 4, 2013
    Few bands are clever enough to make you feel giddy singing a song called “Keep Your Children in a Coma.” Gonson, as usual, is a refreshingly natural singer, bringing heart and soul to songs that would seem to be bereft of such qualities.
  4. Jun 4, 2013
    Few songwriters can capture the bleak comedy of loneliness, bitterness, and the sheer helplessness that accompanies aging than Merritt, and he does so here with great aplomb.
  5. Uncut
    Jul 10, 2013
    Partygoing contains a handful of vintage Merritt moments. [Aug 2013, p.71]
  6. Jun 10, 2013
    On the one hand, Partygoing is refreshingly in sync with the group’s first two albums. On the other, each feels like its own concept album of sorts.
  7. Jun 7, 2013
    As always, the darkness is cut with moments of mirth, even though no one will mistake this for a dance party soundtrack.
  8. 70
    Despite the fact that this new LP plays heavily to Merritt’s inclinations toward kid-on-a-carousel constructions, he’s continued to write what he knows--gearing his lyrics toward aging, loss, death, and romantic dissolution.
  9. Jul 26, 2013
    The Future Bible Heroes' first outing since 2002's uneven Eternal Youth does offer up slightly more catchy melodies and deadpan quotables than Love at the Bottom of the Sea.
  10. Jul 29, 2013
    His wit is always comforting, but more predictable and less durable than before.
  11. Jun 6, 2013
    The squelchy playfulness in Ewen’s arrangements that marked FBH’s most memorable tunes is now cloistered by cynicism and studiousness.