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  • Summary: The first new studio release for the duo of Jennifer Herrema and Neil Hagerty since 2000's Pound for Pound was produced by David Briggs.
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  1. Mar 1, 2019
    80
    White Stuff may not be as experimental as some of their past efforts, but it is an incredibly enjoyable dip into the dumpster of dirty grooving rock and roll whose sound is surprisingly appropriate thirty years after their formation.
  2. Uncut
    Feb 20, 2019
    80
    Royal Trux remain unique, one of a kind: still going wrong like a hydrogen bomb.[Mar 2019, p.36]
  3. Feb 26, 2019
    80
    Even though this work does not find the band at its most adventurous, it is an album that completely represents what Royal Trux is all about. To retain that flame for that amount of time, and through a 14-year long break, is quite astounding.
  4. The Wire
    Feb 20, 2019
    70
    If you listen to White Stuff and hear good time rock ’n’ roll then perhaps it’s time to check into the rock ’n’ roll nursing home. On the other hand if you hear avant garde brinksmanship, check your ears. It’s both, it’s neither. Does it matter? Does anything? Yes and no.
  5. Mar 4, 2019
    70
    While fans of Royal Trux's inventiveness might find more of that in Hagerty's and Herrema's solo work, White Stuff is still another entertaining part of a reunion that once seemed impossible.
  6. Feb 28, 2019
    70
    Few would mistake White Stuff for golden age Royal Trux--the vocals are more subdued, the songwriting is more straightforward, and anyone looking for something as confrontational as "The Banana Question" won't find it here. But hearing Hagerty and Herrema stay true to their ethos after 30-plus years offers its own satisfactions. Consider the comeback complete.
  7. Feb 28, 2019
    60
    The record is ultimately a conflicted one. It has masses of recalcitrant spirit but little in the way of sonic inventiveness, with songs feeling more and more one-note as the album goes on. In the end, we're left with 11 perfectly listenable songs that are not quite as interesting as the ideas that lie beneath them.

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  1. Mar 26, 2019
    3
    This week's naked emperors return after a welcome decade-plus of silence until the next train wreck comes along, and we get to see and hearThis week's naked emperors return after a welcome decade-plus of silence until the next train wreck comes along, and we get to see and hear what John Doe and Exene would have been like if they'd taken heroin every two days from the age of 10 to now. It's not hard to see why the Trux would put aside their differences for four-point-three seconds to vomit up another half-digested album for the fart-smelling hipster class - after all, junkie's gotta eat. (One extra point for making me shoot beer out my nose when they actually decide to suddenly carry a tune for a few seconds,) Expand