Universal acclaim - based on 14 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 0 out of 14
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  1. Apr 10, 2024
    The picture it paints as a whole is a hugely rich one - not just of the album itself, but of English Teacher as the opposite of a flash-in-the-pan buzz band; as a group really only just getting started.
  2. Apr 10, 2024
    It’s a debut album full of confidence, heart and ambition, with songs that sound both instantly familiar and also like nothing you’ve ever heard before.
  3. 100
    What you have in ‘This Could Be Texas’ is everything you want from a debut; a truly original effort from start to finish, an adventure in sound and words, and a landmark statement.
  4. Apr 9, 2024
    This is one of the most confident and charismatic debuts in years.
  5. 90
    The album could be one of the finest debuts of the decade, with every band member shining in their ability and craftsmanship.
  6. Uncut
    Apr 9, 2024
    There are surprises everywhere. While "R&B" and "Nearly Daffodils" are sprightly, irreverent post-punk, the influence of Black Country, Nee Road nd Radiohead are evident on the complex, proggy title track and the diverse, hushed final third of the album. Lily Fontaine's lyrics, to are deep and funny. [Apr 2024, p.32]
  7. Apr 12, 2024
    English Teacher’s debut album is delicate, accomplished, and complete.
  8. Mojo
    May 14, 2024
    All quite stunning. [Jul 2024, p.92]
  9. Apr 12, 2024
    With This Could Be Texas, Leeds-based quartet English Teacher have crafted a record really quite striking in its lyrical and sonic ambition.
  10. 80
    Even if you don’t love This Could Be Texas, it’s a hard album not to respect. English Teacher have well and truly arrived: the class had better pay attention.
  11. Apr 9, 2024
    Much like BC,NR’s magnificent Ants From Up There, the album feels like several potential closers have been strung together during the album’s final stretch, which could have been trimmed a little to maximize the impact of what’s left. Nevertheless, this is an extremely colorful, fun and addictive record that showcases the enviable talents of a young band with a bright future.
  12. Apr 9, 2024
    This debut LP sees English Teacher beginning to consolidate and take the already-delicious sounds introduced on their Polyawkward EP to even greater heights.
  13. Apr 16, 2024
    Ultimately, English Teacher are a band that fare best when they stop conforming to boundaries—even the ones they set for themselves.
  14. Apr 25, 2024
    English Teacher can’t leave a song alone: Not a track goes by without a twist or complication, whether a time-signature change, an instrumental flourish, or a sudden wall of sound. .... Most promising, and core to This Could Be Texas, is the band’s interest in melding indie-prog, rock, folk electronica, and post-punk into a new package.

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