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Juice B Crypts

Battles

Juice B Crypts

Fourth album from the Rhode Island experimental math rock duo with guest appearances from from Shabazz Palaces, Jon Anderson, Prairie WWWW, and Tune-Yards

ADM rating[?]

7.0

Label
Warp
UK Release date
18/10/2019
US Release date
18/10/2019
  1. 9.0 |   Exclaim

    11 tracks of knotty, electronic rock puzzles
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  2. 8.8 |   Paste Magazine

    After losing another member, the quasi-instrumental outfit make an unlikely rebound
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  3. 8.0 |   The Quietus

    Hardly a complete renewal or about-face, but rather a refining of methodology and intent, a distillation of what made them so exciting to begin with
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  4. 8.0 |   Q

    It's addictively brilliant. Print edition only

  5. 8.0 |   NME

    ‘Juice B Crypts’ is an intricate and complex album that nonetheless bottles the joy and immediacy of the band's best work
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  6. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    An LP both fast in terms of tempo and run time and fastidious when it comes to its construction; repeat listens and deeper analysis will potentially throw up some Easter eggs
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  7. 8.0 |   Clash

    It would be hard to find an album to compete with theirs in regards of modernism or creativeness
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  8. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    An uncompromised, multi-faceted assault course for the brain, but one you won’t regret taking
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  9. 8.0 |   DIY

    It’s not always been obvious, but since their inception in 2002, Battles have been on an almighty quest for the funk
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  10. 7.5 |   Northern Transmission

    With each collaborator the album goes off on a weird tangent that’s wonderfully peculiar and otherworldly
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  11. 7.0 |   Crack

    JUICE B CRYPTS may be the band’s first release as a duo (after the departure of multi-instrumentalist Dave Konopka) but beginning as it does with Ambulance – the sound of a synth falling down a helter-skelter – it’s clear this is a Battles record
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  12. 7.0 |   Slant Magazine

    The group’s fourth album occasionally threatens to collapse beneath the weight of its overstuffed songs
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  13. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    Going from a trio to a duo doesn't affect Battles' dedication to chirpy synths and deep grooves on their latest, Juice B Crypts
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  14. 6.1 |   Pitchfork

    Now down to a duo, the busy instrumentalists recruit Tune-Yards, Shabazz Palaces, and the singer of Yes for their aggressive fourth album
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  15. 6.0 |   Mojo

    Thrilling, unpredictable and often inspired stuff. Print edition only

  16. 6.0 |   The Music

    Juice B Crypts is wild and unconventional, but occasionally hard to connect to on an emotional level
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  17. 6.0 |   The 405

    Juice B Crypts often feels like it’s treading water, a band making busywork out of something that still has the potential to excite
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  18. 5.0 |   Uncut

    As ever, the technical chops are indisputable - but it does, with fewer brains on board, feel somehow less substantial. Print edition only

  19. 3.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    Juice B Crypts is the worst version of the band, one now somehow out of step with what made them so appealing in the first place
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