Metascore
66

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. Per Second is the perfect combination of mainstream and alternative in one handy package.
  2. In many ways, the Cambridge, MA, trio is like a Toad the Wet Sprocket for the 21st century.
  3. Thankfully, the band is up to the challenge of turning up the spotlights and the volume, and they crank out a solid batch of insanely catchy, pristine pop songs that'll crawl inside your brain and die there, only to come back and haunt you at the oddest times.
  4. Blender
    70
    Wheat adopt a new, far breezier musical style for their first release since 1999. [#23, p.112]
  5. If you don't know, or can look beyond, the staggering U-turn it represents, then Per Second is an amiable time investment for a top-down cruising summer afternoon. If you're hungry for weightier fare, however, you'd be best served by digging deeper into the band's catalog.
  6. The band seems to be making a conscious effort to alienate its old fan base.
  7. There are moments when the band struggles to mitigate the mainstream impulses with the old indie ones.
  8. "Per Second..." finds Wheat in the midst of an identity crisis, attempting to balance largely superb songs with an exasperating presentation.
  9. Magnet
    40
    The first Wheat album that'll make you cringe through four or five listens before you can tolerate its artificial sweetness. [#61, p.111]
  10. If you could imagine a cross between Wilco and Flaming Lips with just about everything challenging and interesting sucked out of it, it might sound something like this.
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  2. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. MartinF
    Oct 1, 2004
    7
    Though a lot more accesible than "Medeiros" and "Hope and Adams" Wheat's new album isn't just a regular pop album. They may not Though a lot more accesible than "Medeiros" and "Hope and Adams" Wheat's new album isn't just a regular pop album. They may not have done it as succesfully as Modest Mouse did with their "Good News For People Who Love Bad News", but they have proved that it's not entirely necessary to follow all indie rules to make a good album. I still prefer their more melancholic sound, but I still respect Wheat and their courage. Full Review »