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Crazy Clown Time

David Lynch

Crazy Clown Time

Debut solo album from the film director, self-described as modern blues, and leaning towards moody experimental electronica

ADM rating[?]

6.0

Label
Sunday Best
UK Release date
07/11/2011
US Release date
08/11/2011
  1. 8.0 |   Clash

    In places it’s reminiscent of Iggy Pop and James Williamson’s ‘Kill City’, in others, it’s like The White Stripes on Mogadon. Beautifully beguiling
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  2. 8.0 |   NME

    Exactly what you'd want from a David Lynch record: brave, challenging and a little bit sick
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  3. 8.0 |   music OMH

    Successfully translates his visual surrealism to a new medium
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  4. 8.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    The first half is hypnotic, droning blues that works more as ambience punctuated with snatches of sleep-talk. After a seven-minute Kraftwerk-style interlude, the final six songs are immaculate
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  5. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    You will be as unsettled as you are intrigued
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  6. 7.5 |   A.V. Club

    Fits in nicely with Lynch’s untidy and constantly evolving body of work
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  7. 7.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

    Crazy Clown Time isn’t a groundbreaking work in the way that Lynch’s films are, but that’s not to say that there’s not a lot of darkling pleasure for the intrepid and the curious
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  8. 7.0 |   Under The Radar

    All throughout, Lynch succeeds in taking often innocuous subject matter and turning it into a dark, sometimes humorous, but always anxiety-ridden event
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  9. 7.0 |   The Quietus

    Anyone put off by Lynch's unashamedly self-indulgent, unforgiving approach to filmmaking is unlikely to find too much to love here. However, from the perspective of a fan its very Lynch-ness is the album's defining characteristic
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  10. 7.0 |   Slant Magazine

    A marvelously twisted effort that acts as a corollary to the warped images Lynch has been creating for years
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  11. 7.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    The fusion of old and new, of minimalist techno and grungy blues, of chaos and cold calculation is something that Lynch does so well in his films, and it’s something that he ultimately puts to intense use on this record
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  12. 6.7 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    No one will ever know the machinations of his enigmatic mind and best we keep it that way
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  13. 6.5 |   Beats Per Minute

    There’s enough good here to warrant another try
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  14. 6.5 |   Bowlegs

    If you ‘get’ the great maestro’s films, then you will likely get these songs. Although whether you will want to listen to them again and again is another question entirely
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  15. 6.1 |   Pitchfork

    Not as heinous as some vanity projects, but an album that will satisfy some personal need, be minorly exciting to fans who will follow him wherever he goes, and end up ignored by both parties in time
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  16. 6.0 |   The Scotsman

    Dense, head-scratching, challenging, atmospheric and periodically intriguing – not unlike Lynch’s filmography
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  17. 6.0 |   The Digital Fix

    While it's no replacement for another Lost Highway or Mulholland Drive, it's hard not to respect the singular artistic vision of one man and his determination just to do his own thing
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  18. 6.0 |   The Observer

    Fans will be pleased to learn that darkness and weirdness prevail
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  19. 6.0 |   BBC

    An intriguing diversion for the veteran filmmaker
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  20. 6.0 |   The Skinny

    Lynch shows a knack for spinning unsettling narratives and embroidering them with compellingly straightforward poetry
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  21. 6.0 |   The Independent

    But while there's no denying the sustained ambience and character Lynch has devised for Crazy Clown Time, it's not the musically interesting endeavour one might have hoped for
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  22. 6.0 |   Daily Telegraph

    Lyrical eccentricity, pulsing synths and sinister atmospherics
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  23. 6.0 |   Spin

    Soundscapes that are dark, unsettling, and often confusing. Which is to say, quite a bit like his films
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  24. 6.0 |   Mojo

    Everywhere, tremolo guitars twang and slow compressed drums beat out the rhythm of disquietude. Print edition only

  25. 6.0 |   Q

    Fans of Lynch's films will find themselves on familiar ground. But that doesn't necessarily lessen the record's impact. Print edition only

  26. 5.0 |   God Is In The TV

    Ultimately it is exactly what you might expect from Lynch, but still it surprises and, in its very unique way, delights. Just don’t listen to it alone
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  27. 5.0 |   Paste Magazine

    What a giant mess. I can’t exactly recommend this, but in no way would I discourage any die-hard Lynch buff, like myself, from throwing 15 bucks in the Maestro’s direction
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  28. 5.0 |   No Ripcord

    problem with the album isn't that it's offensive, incomprehensible or difficult, but rather that its sadly just a bit boring (and, even worse, suggests that those who angrily attacked him in the past for making things up as he went along might have had a point)
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  29. 4.0 |   PopMatters

    Clouded with studio experiments that attempt to hold up weak songs
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  30. 4.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Long on atmosphere and short on anything approaching mystery
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  31. 4.0 |   AU Review

    Lynch doesn’t get a free pass because of his visionary filmwork – this is mostly a horribly tedious affair
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  32. 4.0 |   Uncut

    The whole oddball exercise is almost rescued by Pinky's Dream starring Karen O. Print edition only

  33. 2.0 |   FasterLouder

    If Crazy Clown Time isn’t the worst album of 2011, it’s certainly the year’s biggest disappointment
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  34. 2.0 |   State

    His singing voice (I use the term loosely) is fed through vocoders and various other forms of audio manipulation, but the effect is not spooky or surreal, it’s just excruciatingly irritating
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