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Ex Hex


Debut album from Washington DC trio fronted by former Helium, Autoclave and Wild Flag guitarist Mary Timony

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  1. 10.0 |   The Guardian

    Just deliriously great fun – this has got to be the air-guitar album of the year
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  2. 10.0 |   The Arts Desk

    This is definitely an off with the headphones, up with the amps tribute to snarling, living rock 'n' roll. Go big, go loud and definitely do not go home
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  3. 9.0 |   NME

    A reminder of rock’s glorious communal potentia
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  4. 9.0 |   The Quietus

    An album totally devoid of filler and maxed out with instantly memorable hooks, melodies and riffs that will move into your head and take up residence for quite some time to come
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  5. 8.4 |   Pitchfork

    Rips mostly finds the band walking away from Timony's established voice and pushing toward something more direct and energetic—embracing the past, but also blowing things up and starting again
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  6. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    Rips actually ends up adding to her reputation precisely because she performs like she’s got nothing left to prove or lose with it
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  7. 8.0 |   The FT

    Echoes of The Buzzcocks (“You Fell Apart”) and Velvet Underground (“Hot and Cold”) underline the album’s pedigree
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  8. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    OK, it’s dumb, but knowingly, self-embracingly so
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  9. 8.0 |   Uncut

    A classic power trio that play unashamedly radio-friendly pop melodies. Print edition only

  10. 8.0 |   The Digital Fix

    True to their name, Ex Hex work a strange and dark magic, and Rips is a spellbinding debut
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  11. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    There’s nary an ounce of artiness or innovation here, and it sounds almost hopelessly out of time in 2014, yet you can’t help but grin and love it just the same
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  12. 8.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Every now and then, you don’t want anything more from your listening experience than unabashed, admirably buoyant pop-rock, and Ex Hex are certainly willing to oblige
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  13. 7.5 |   The 405

    From the simple band set up, to the matter of fact lyrics, everything is laid bare on the table with nothing to hide. All that's left are tightly compacted songs that may not have a reflective gloss to them, but instead light their own way
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  14. 7.3 |   Earbuddy

    The personality and bite of the first several tracks of the album come from a hungry band. The rougher these edges get, the more engaging Ex Hex becomes
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  15. 7.0 |   Paste Magazine

    As an exercise in punk for punk’s sake, Rips does exactly what its title promises
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  16. 6.7 |   Consequence Of Sound

    For fans of huge riffs — don’t be surprised to find yourself putting in some serious air guitar work — the new Ex Hex record won’t disappoint, even if the lyrical depth is lacking
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