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8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 1 out of 9
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  1. Jun 3, 2014
    9
    When we discuss the music of a decade such as the 1990s it is easy to get caught up with what was very popular then and work our way back from there. But the real truth about box sets such as Rat Conspiracy is that they have a meaning for the here-and-now that is quite different than the meaning accessible at the time of the primary releases covered here, and that meaning is one thatWhen we discuss the music of a decade such as the 1990s it is easy to get caught up with what was very popular then and work our way back from there. But the real truth about box sets such as Rat Conspiracy is that they have a meaning for the here-and-now that is quite different than the meaning accessible at the time of the primary releases covered here, and that meaning is one that threatens to make Unwound the 90s band for the 2010s (the teens). The Rat Conspiracy box reveals a band that was so far ahead of its time it might as well be a band from the future. Expand
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89

Universal acclaim - based on 5 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. May 9, 2014
    80
    For all their three-pronged power and musical fluidity, Unwound didn't, perhaps, quite make music which transcended the genres, styles and subcultures it was associated with.... If nothing else, this two-hour compendium of righteous, often superlative noise demonstrates that they could also cater to dancin' feet, and ears looking to be bled like radiators.
  2. Magnet
    Mar 21, 2014
    80
    There was more to the melody of Unwound than just a few simple, catchy primitive riffs. [No. 107, p.61]
  3. Mar 21, 2014
    90
    The set is essential to any fan, and these records are near-perfect documents of the roots of indie rock and D.I.Y. culture that started growing in the unheard music and handmade expressions of the early '90s.