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Making a Door Less Open

Car Seat Headrest

Making a Door Less Open

Fourth label-backed album of low-fi indie pop from the Will Toledo-led band

ADM rating[?]

7.2

Label
Matador
UK Release date
01/05/2020
US Release date
01/05/2020
  1. 9.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    A masterclass in mixing influences seamlessly. Can a song be folk and punk? Toledo thinks so
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  2. 9.0 |   PopMatters

    Car Seat Headrest push their lo-fi signature into newly polished (and labyrinthine) space on Making a Door Less Open. The result is a glittering look at our everyday fantasies, our patterns of style and denial
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  3. 8.5 |   Beats Per Minute

    Making A Door Less Open has some of Car Seat Headrest’s most excoriating songs yet
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  4. 8.0 |   Northern Transmission

    Making a Door Less Open, at its best recalls Talking Heads. “Weightlifters” especially nails the sound, with Toledo’s speaking/singing/rapping vocal as sharp and percussive as any drum hit
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  5. 8.0 |   NME

    Will Toledo and the gang have shied away from their winning indie sound, instead embracing dance and electro influences. They'll twist your melon, man
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  6. 8.0 |   DIY

    A weird and wonderful new offering
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  7. 8.0 |   Slant Magazine

    Overflowing with adventurous new ideas, the album opens up infinite new paths for the group to follow going forward
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  8. 8.0 |   Mojo

    10 seamless melds of indie guitars and electronic pop, stuffed with spry choruses and poetic self-castigation delivered in Toledo's appealingly crushed bleat. Print edition only

  9. 8.0 |   All Music

    One hopes Will Toledo is more content when Car Seat Headrest next goes into the studio, but that he's also just as good and as honest as he is on Making a Door Less Open. Collapse
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  10. 8.0 |   Albumism

    Records like this make me excited for an artist’s future. It displays they are willing to interrogate themselves and their ways, and that there is more change to come
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  11. 8.0 |   Record Collector

    Experimentation and drive have clearly been key here. Hats off to Will Toledo and co for swimming in new oceans when, with talent like theirs, they could have trod water for years and still been better than most
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  12. 7.5 |   Under The Radar

    It is exciting to see the band going in a bold new direction, and there are plenty of strong tracks here
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  13. 7.5 |   Consequence Of Sound

    Mastermind Will Toledo leaves the door ajar for future tweaks and reimaginings
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  14. 7.0 |   Gigwise

    The most diverse range of styles we’ve ever received in one album from the band
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  15. 7.0 |   Uncut

    It feels more like a bedroom project than their recent full-band work, yet Toledo's knack for an irresistible choruses endures. Print edition only

  16. 7.0 |   Exclaim

    Sounds like an entertaining experiment, a test of Car Seat Headrest's malleability and potential for new directions.
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  17. 7.0 |   No Ripcord

    At the core of the strongest Car Seat Headrest songs, there’s always been a cathartic peak. With his best, Toledo has always been a master at the slow build and always knew how to let his songs detonate at the perfect moment. On MADLO, the pinnacles are still there, but none are as satisfying as previous releases
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  18. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Will Toledo’s first album of new material in four years explores familiar themes of anger, loneliness and love while taking his sound to unexpected places
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  19. 7.0 |   Pitchfork

    On his odd and ambitious new album, singer-songwriter Will Toledo dons a gas mask, adds electronic textures, and tries to separate himself from the indie fame of Car Seat Headrest
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  20. 7.0 |   Clash

    It isn’t the death of the album. But it’s an intriguing exploration of what it can mean to the modern ear. And in these fragmented, isolated times, when it’s a struggle to feel part of anything?
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  21. 6.0 |   Paste Magazine

    Will Toledo misfires for the first time in his storied career on Making A Door Less Open
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  22. 6.0 |   The Observer

    The indie maverick is a purveyor of all styles on his studiously eclectic 12th album
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  23. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    Will Toledo’s alt-rockers have emerged out of lo-fi fuzz, but seem unsure of where to turn as they drift toward the mainstream
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  24. 6.0 |   music OMH

    This is a mixed bag, and is – unfortunately – a bit of a momentum killer. Toledo’s last album, the refashioned Twin Fantasy, was his third successive success, after the incredible Teens Of Style And Teens Of Denial. Making A Door Less Open does feel like a bit of a stopgap, a bit of a throwaway project, when it should be a victory lap
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  25. 5.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    Goes out of its way to obscure the notion of Car Seat Headrest as a manifestation of Toledo’s life and emotions
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  26. 4.0 |   The Irish Times

    An alt-rock concept album whose concept is never clearly defined
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