• Record Label: Wichita
  • Release Date: Sep 14, 2018
Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 0 out of 13
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  1. Sep 14, 2018
    84
    They still manage to hit that sweet spot where they seem uncertain about everything, except the music they’re making--smart, charmingly relatable, and definitely evolving.
  2. 80
    Packed with a convincing fusion of craftmanship, camaraderie and charm, We’re Not Talking certainly never comes close to a sophomore slump.
  3. Q Magazine
    Sep 25, 2018
    80
    Their second LP contains songs of remarkable quality. [Nov 2018, p.106]
  4. Sep 14, 2018
    80
    It's a great combination of sound and songs that makes good on the promise the band showed on their debut, and shows them navigating the numerous pitfalls of growing up as a band in fine fashion.
  5. Sep 13, 2018
    80
    The Goon Sax are at their best when asking questions and trying to work out their existential angst, rather than giving definitive answers.
  6. Sep 13, 2018
    80
    There's a seamless fluidity to how they're dependent on each others' input, and their contributions seem to suit their interests. It's an unerringly sincere look into a trio who are moving into adulthood, one stumble at a time.
  7. Mojo
    Sep 12, 2018
    80
    The Goon Sax have created a glorious pop album that perfectly captures those awkward confusions on the road to adulthood. [Oct 2018, p.90]
  8. Uncut
    Sep 12, 2018
    80
    Their garage-rock stylings have flourished. [Oct 2018, p.29]
  9. Sep 17, 2018
    75
    These are the hard-earned lessons of a band still tossed by youth, still fine-tuning both their chops and their compassion.
  10. Sep 18, 2018
    72
    Bolstered by Jones’ increased visibility and a newly varied instrumental palette, We’re Not Talking stands as proof that speak-singing still has some life left in it for a new generation of indie rockers.
  11. Sep 12, 2018
    70
    Something that immediately grabs you about this record is the production, which easily elevates it above its more naive sounding predecessor; the sound of new label Wichita making good on their investment.
  12. Sep 12, 2018
    70
    The songcraft has gotten notably sharper in just two years as well, making this very much a band to enjoy now but also one to keep an eye on for later.
  13. Sep 12, 2018
    70
    The Goon Sax are able to balance melancholy with the excitement of shedding adolescence through the perfect conduit: pop songs.