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  • Summary: The eighth full-length studio release for the Texas rock band was recorded in Austin over eight weeks.
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  1. Aug 21, 2018
    90
    This record is a far cry from a mocking treatise on performativity; it's strongly felt, unceasingly surprising and just a whole lot of fun.
  2. Aug 23, 2018
    89
    Even with all the jazz, jams, and wonky improvisations, the nine tracks of musicians' music remain fun, unpretentious.
  3. Uncut
    Aug 21, 2018
    80
    Performance is expertly weighted between great hooks and loose, Southern-styled jams that dare you to shake a leg. [Sep 2018, p.39]
  4. Mojo
    Aug 21, 2018
    80
    Performance is White Denim's most produced album, thickly textured with brass, keyboards and studio atmospheres. Play it loud, though, and you easily imagine the euphoria at the bar after every track. [Sep 2018, p.84]
  5. Q Magazine
    Aug 21, 2018
    80
    A perfect late-summer soundtrack on a par with their 2009 masterpiece Fits. [Sep 2018, p.114]
  6. Aug 24, 2018
    80
    Performance doesn’t necessarily take White Denim in a drastically different direction, but it captures so many of the different sides of the band’s multi-faceted sound that it feels expansive and wholesome.
  7. Aug 23, 2018
    60
    Performance may be lacking in progress, but the effortlessness of their experiments is still very much present, and nine albums in, White Denim remain as playful as ever. Overall, longtime fans of the band are likely to be satisfied, if not dazzled, by their latest effort.

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  1. Sep 19, 2018
    9
    This is a fantastic album from one of the last great rock bands still around in 2018. Befitting their Austin roots, this band is nothing ifThis is a fantastic album from one of the last great rock bands still around in 2018. Befitting their Austin roots, this band is nothing if not eclectic. Fuzzed-out blues riffs and proggy synth textures, blended in an array of funky grooves and syncopated rhythms, evoke everything from T. Rex and the Steve Miller Band, to the Black Keys and even Subdivisions-era Rush. As It must be, in order to pull off such a feat so successfully, the musicianship here is first-rate.

    This is one of those rarest of accomplishments, a record with more math-rock cred than you can tabulate on a graphing calculator, yet your girlfriend will still want to dance to it!
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