Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
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  1. 100
    This is music that operates at full force at all times.
  2. Apr 4, 2014
    90
    Perfect Pussy constantly find new ways to stimulate that teenage bit of your brain that wants to scream and punch things and has a lot of things to say but doesn’t know how to say them.
  3. Mar 12, 2014
    90
    Frankly, Say Yes To Love is absolutely stunning--a blistering mission statement from a band with undoubtable promise and inextinguishable fire.
  4. Mar 17, 2014
    86
    It doesn’t feel corny or hyperbolic to call this record life-affirming, so perfectly does it capture the flashes of gratitude, self-knowledge, and inexplicable joy that often follow an experience of great pain.
  5. Mar 18, 2014
    85
    The eight-song release is a runaway train, screaming down the tracks but controlled enough that it never runs off the rails.
  6. Magnet
    Apr 18, 2014
    80
    While it's a deeply cathartic break-up record, it's both personal and political. [No. 108, p.57]
  7. Mar 24, 2014
    80
    Say Yes To Love feels like a purging, 20-odd minutes of urgent expulsion that leaves you feeling exhausted, elated and renewed.
  8. Mar 18, 2014
    80
    Say Yes to Love is a heart-punch of an album--eight songs, 23 minutes--where the words are mostly buried under guitar feedback and synth squeals. Yet the raw passion comes across loud and clear.
  9. 80
    The blanket of noise is provided by her male cohorts, but the lynchpin of PP’s allure is undoubtedly Meredith, another artist key to redressing the great gender imbalance that never goes away.
  10. Mar 17, 2014
    80
    The sonic clarity is improved somewhat, but it's still messy as hell, meaning that Say Yes to Love sounds more like another demo than a proper album.
  11. Mar 17, 2014
    80
    Perfect Pussy choose to shroud the clarity of their words in thick sheets of noise makes for a fascinating, if frustrating contrast; the only way to fully absorb their music is to put in the time with repeated listening and reading the lyrics. Fortunately, that's not a problem with an album as thought-provoking as Say Yes to Love.
  12. Mar 17, 2014
    80
    Graves' earnest lyrics are purposely mixed far beneath the caustic instrumentals here, but when a few words do surface, we're treated to thoughtful (if only partial) confessions.
  13. Mar 13, 2014
    80
    At a succinct length, the album does exactly what it needs to do without a second to spare.
  14. Uncut
    Mar 12, 2014
    80
    They continue the template of their superb I Have Lost All Desire For Feeling cassette last year. [Apr 2014, p.78]
  15. 80
    We’ve only got eight tracks here, about twenty or so minutes of music, but not a second of it is wasted, and just about every moment is brilliant.
  16. 75
    Their thorny noise pit might occlude itself to many listeners--it’s not pretty, and it’s not for everyone. Those who recognize themselves in the havoc, though, will find themselves nesting there for a long while to come.
  17. Mar 21, 2014
    70
    An uncompromising set of solid songs set on the internal and external eve of destruction.
  18. Mar 19, 2014
    70
    For now, this band’s M.O.--Graves’ machine gun mouth racing the bands’s nerve-strung music to the finishing line of each 113 plus/minus-second blast--is welcome in the currently, often drowsy world of indie guitar music.
  19. Mar 17, 2014
    70
    Say Yes to Love is a potently wrought 22 minutes of febrile noise-punk that contains enough in the way of hook and subtle invention amidst its familiar battery to stand up on its own feet.
  20. Mar 18, 2014
    67
    While it’s respectable to see such a young band attempt to defy the expectations of its audience, Say Yes To Love ultimately sees Perfect Pussy getting out ahead of itself, suggesting the band would be better served securing an identity before attempting to redefine it.
  21. Mar 28, 2014
    60
    Perfect Pussy is almost definitely a band to be experienced live rather than on record, but as statements of intent go, Say Yes to Love is an incredibly powerful one.
  22. Mar 20, 2014
    60
    There’s real talent here. However, these unflinchingly honest punks still have yet to figure out what to do with all the noise they channel.
  23. Q Magazine
    Mar 14, 2014
    60
    This isn't music designed to be passively enjoyed and it's all the more thrilling for it. [Apr 2014, p.116]
  24. May 7, 2014
    50
    It is familiar. It is, despite whatever priggishness keeps some publications from printing the band’s name in full, safe.
  25. Mar 12, 2014
    50
    Say Yes to Love gets bogged down in some questionably drawn-out experimentation toward the end, but that can't undo the face-peeling impact of its first 15 minutes.
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 31 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 31
  2. Negative: 4 out of 31
  1. Apr 23, 2014
    5
    It's "aight". Decent noise and punk rock here. This LP does showcase some influences from good bands like Melt Banana, Times New Viking andIt's "aight". Decent noise and punk rock here. This LP does showcase some influences from good bands like Melt Banana, Times New Viking and Smell. These influences also find their way into the production and recording processes as well. Sounds great on paper, but very little variety here, especially with the vocals and guitar riffs. The low-fi nature also really holds it back and suffocates the tracks at their loud points. Full Review »
  2. Mar 31, 2014
    5
    The music has a lot of energy, which is always expected (and appreciated) in a punk rock album. Tons of noise and nearly-unhearable lyrics isThe music has a lot of energy, which is always expected (and appreciated) in a punk rock album. Tons of noise and nearly-unhearable lyrics is also expected, but it went a little too far here. I don't know what the lyrics are talking about at all. I couldn't make out the words. I even went online searching for them, but didn't find any.

    This is a pretty mixed album.
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  3. Oct 8, 2014
    0
    Really bad noise-punk. Unintelligible and grating. Punk music in general kind of sucks, but this is the worst kind. If not for a female singerReally bad noise-punk. Unintelligible and grating. Punk music in general kind of sucks, but this is the worst kind. If not for a female singer and provocative band name there would be nothing to separate this from countless garage bands. Full Review »