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Mutilator Defeated At Last

Thee Oh Sees

Mutilator Defeated At Last

Album number fourteen of psyched-out garage rock from the San Francisco band fronted by John Dwyer

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  1. 8.5 |   The Quietus

    This is garage rock yes, but not teeth grindingly basic 4-4, it's four to the forest floor, bouncing off the superfuzz pedal and rebounding into space, and from their multifarious albums, Mutilator Defeated At Last is undeniably a star
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  2. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Very much in the vein of a 2013's career-topping Floating Coffin. Print edition only

  3. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    Thee Oh Sees are still at their best following their tried’n’tested formula: burning a hole through your skull with frazzled garage scree
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  4. 8.0 |   NME

    Tight but unhinged, urgent but infectious
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  5. 8.0 |   All Music

    After Drop some might have expected Thee Oh Sees to continue to explore their softer side, Mutilator Defeated at Last confounds those expectations
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  6. 8.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

    Thee Oh Sees are keen students of both the restrictions and liberations of rock music, and therefore continue to thrive with the glad clutter that is reinforcement over renovation of their sound
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  7. 8.0 |   Mojo

    More confident than last year's transitional Drop. Print edition only

  8. 8.0 |   Earbuddy

    Put this LP on repeat and let the focused madness wash you clean
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  9. 7.8 |   Pitchfork

    Thee Oh Sees have one type of song that is consistently great. It’s the fast and heavy track that combines the creepy and ugly sensibility of the Cramps with krautrock's streamlined sense of repetition
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  10. 7.5 |   A.V. Club

    While not front-to-back pummeling, Mutilator Defeated At Last is fast and hard for much of its 33 minutes
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  11. 7.5 |   Consequence Of Sound

    Mutilator is a hulking beast that covers a great deal of distance — as much as any other Oh Sees album to date
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  12. 6.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    Where’s the surprise? Where’s the experimentation?
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