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Between The Times And Tides

Lee Ranaldo

Between The Times And Tides

The first solo album in four years from noise rock pioneer and Sonic Youth co-founder Ranaldo, his first with a full band

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  1. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    A confirmation of his solo talents
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  2. 8.0 |   BBC

    One mighty fine rock’n’roll record
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  3. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    Ranaldo may be no spring chicken, but with quality albums like this he can still show the kids a thing or two
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  4. 8.0 |   God Is In The TV

    An effective, atmospheric record here, one of the finest of its type for quite some time that somehow sounds like a lost indie rock classic but damn fresh with it too
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  5. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    In the context of an album this accomplished, Ranaldo's stories resonate like holy Scripture
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  6. 8.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Packs more of an aural punch than Thurston’s latest Beck-helmed Nick Drake tribute album
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  7. 8.0 |   Q

    A rich and varied album. Print edition only

  8. 8.0 |   The Scotsman

    Fire Island (Phases) is as classic a slice of riffola as he has produced, while the acoustic numbers range from the rawness of Hammer Blows to the softer country pastoral Stranded
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  9. 8.0 |   The Quietus

    A thrilling fusion of form and freedom
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  10. 7.6 |   Beats Per Minute

    Leaves a little to be desired as far as risk-taking goes, but that’s a small price to pay for a set of songs as solid as what we get here
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  11. 7.5 |   A.V. Club

    Ranaldo may be traveling down a familiar road, but it’s with exuberance rather than teary-eyed nostalgia
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  12. 7.5 |   The 405

    A strong solid rock album that warrants repeated listens
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  13. 7.0 |   Uncut

    A mature album that's abrasive but not 'freaky' or 'weird'. Print edition only

  14. 7.0 |   NME

    Those wanting clangour and dissonance will be disappointed, but everyone else will be pleasantly surprised
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  15. 7.0 |   music OMH

    An album that possesses few surprises other than the fact that Lee Ranaldo is as at home writing straight-laced rock songs as he is drilling holes in his guitars and attacking them with electric sanders
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  16. 7.0 |   Prefix

    Ranaldo seems to have found a new path with these songs, and shown us there's plenty of life after Sonic Youth
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  17. 7.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    There’s a lot to love
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  18. 7.0 |   Spin

    Sonic Youth axeman skews songful, flatteringly. Drops occasional guitar bombs, tastefully
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  19. 6.5 |   Bowlegs

    Ranaldo’s voice is the only let down. His wavering slacker tone is a tad troubling – unlike that of contemporaries Wayne Coyne and Thom York, who foster sympathy. Ranaldo’s isn’t quite so endearing
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  20. 6.0 |   Mojo

    Throughout, Ranaldo and Nels Cline build up layers of eloquent, electrifying guitar. Print edition only

  21. 6.0 |   Rave Magazine

    There are flashes of Ranaldo’s trademark songwriting chops here... However, it is marred by some relatively dull MOR numbers
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  22. 6.0 |   Rolling Stone

    It’s great to hear the third voice in Sonic Youth stretching out. But it's also a reminder of their irreplaceable magic
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  23. 5.2 |   Pitchfork

    An album badly in need of editing and, above all, a little friction, resistance and rebuilding
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  24. 4.0 |   The Observer

    The album is more interesting sonically in the tension between questing guitars and straightforward song structures than it is in terms of lyrics
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