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  • Summary: This is the third full-length release for the Detroit post-punk band.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 20
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 20
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  1. Oct 21, 2015
    100
    This album is a triumph, and with it, Protomartyr has pulled off the unlikely feat of making the rock record of the year, twice in a row.
  2. 91
    While the individual songs have peaks and purpose, the album winds up functioning on the same level.
  3. Oct 7, 2015
    82
    If Right was about the evil that men do, Intellect goes one bigger and asks why they do it. The answer, again and again, is rooted in hurt, pain, neglect, and disappointment. Intellect draws its energy from the panic of mortality.
  4. 80
    Protomartyr is from Detroit, and there’s a dour, industrial affect to this record-- the band’s best, though like the others it can sometimes feel like one long song--which seems to confirm everything you think you know about that city.... But Mr. Casey’s excellent lyrics go bigger and more abstract.
  5. If these guys don't have the loftiest ambitions ever, it needn't matter when The Agent Intellect makes post-punk feel like purest rock'n'roll.
  6. Oct 7, 2015
    80
    The Agent Intellect is a multi-layered, emotive powerhouse of a record.
  7. Uncut
    Oct 6, 2015
    70
    Alongside matters existential, there are plenty of personal expressions here. [Nov 2015, p.81]

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  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
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  1. Oct 14, 2015
    9
    Pretty sure these "phantom" raters that submit negative reviews are just butthurt because their new pop album got panned critically for beingPretty sure these "phantom" raters that submit negative reviews are just butthurt because their new pop album got panned critically for being the blandest most unlistenable **** this side of the milky way.

    Album's great. I hope Protomartyr keeps their current trajectory.
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  2. Oct 15, 2015
    9
    Overall, a great album. Unique vocals, punk sound, honest lyrics, couldn't ask for anything else. If I had to offer an essential track, IOverall, a great album. Unique vocals, punk sound, honest lyrics, couldn't ask for anything else. If I had to offer an essential track, I would choose "I Forgive You." Expand
  3. Oct 14, 2015
    9
    This album is a crazy voyage through the roads of post punk. Probably the best Protomartyr album yet. Direct, rocky and hallucinogenic, andThis album is a crazy voyage through the roads of post punk. Probably the best Protomartyr album yet. Direct, rocky and hallucinogenic, and that's all we ask.
    One of the best of the year.
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  4. Oct 31, 2015
    7
    Protomartyr is back with another energetic foray into post-punk darkness, and The Agent Intellect is perhaps their best effort yet. Despite aProtomartyr is back with another energetic foray into post-punk darkness, and The Agent Intellect is perhaps their best effort yet. Despite a few tracks falling flat for me, the majority of the record is memorable, straightforward ramblings of an insane man. I would recommend this record to any fan of the genre. In terms of 2015, probably the second best post-punk album (behind Ought). Give this a listen. Expand