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Light Up Gold

Parquet Courts

Light Up Gold

Second album from the NY garage rock / post-punk band led by Austin Brown and Andrew Savage (from Fergus and Geronimo)

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  1. 10.0 |   The Guardian

    A debut that's both instantly addictive and lastingly rewarding: a smart, snappy concoction of worldly wisdom and garage-rock gratification
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  2. 10.0 |   The Fly

    It’s compelling and punchy in a way that’ll have you bouncing straight out of your chair
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  3. 9.0 |   DIY

    It's punk unbounded, both structurally and emotionally
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  4. 9.0 |   All Music

    The album is sometimes languid, often jittery and beaming, but mostly an almost subconsciously storytelling collection of moments that would be boring and forgettable if they weren't captured in songs so accidentally perfect
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  5. 9.0 |   NME

    The entire record is as premeditated and grounded in US alt.rock history as you can get. Print edition only
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  6. 8.6 |   Bowlegs

    Fourteen and a half short tracks is a shade too many ... but Light Up Gold could still be a contender for NY pop album of the year
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  7. 8.2 |   Beats Per Minute

    With a middle finger tossed casually up for all to see, Parquet Courts surge toward the next horizon, reckless and hellbent, and I can’t imagine that they’d have it any other way
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  8. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    A smart and spry garage-rock humdinger that moves at warp speed from one casually cast-off peach to the next
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  9. 8.0 |   No Ripcord

    It’s nothing incredibly unique and you’ve probably had it a million times before, but it’s nevertheless completely delicious
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  10. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Parquet Courts are especially versed in the clipped, repetitive buzz of Wire's '77 classic Pink Flag
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  11. 8.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    Bratty, messy, loud, and full of heart
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  12. 8.0 |   Pitchfork

    The tension between the sharp rhythms and the ace fretwork is Gold's most reliable thrill
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  13. 8.0 |   Spin

    A worldly collision of ideas designed to put brains (and mosh pits) in motion
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  14. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Their smart, literate second album shows they posses something of the slapdash romance of the Modern Lovers or Pavement. Print edition only

  15. 8.0 |   Q

    Second-hand smoke, maybe, but intoxicating all the same. Print edition only

  16. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Light Up Gold isn’t total hedonism, but as riotous, guitar-led escapes from the drudgery of the day to day go, it’s more than enough fun to convince you to go along for the ride
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  17. 8.0 |   music OMH

    An assured debut album brimming with unimpeachably great songs
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  18. 7.5 |   The 405

    There's a whole lot to like on 'Light Up Gold'; the second album will determine whether the band have staying power, but fans of sharp-sounding rock music will be all over this one like a rash
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  19. 6.5 |   PopMatters

    Review 1: There’s enough that’s interesting and/or good about Light Up Gold to give it a solid recommendation (6/10). Review 2: Parquet Courts shines in their little moments of wide-eyed sincerity (7/10)
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  20. 6.0 |   The Digital Fix

    The melodies and moments of musical captivation they conjure are thrilling, but they feel worn down over the course of the record
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  21. 6.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Parquet Courts can of course have it both ways, but ‘Light Up Gold’ is weaker for its indecisions
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