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The Agent Intellect


The Agent Intellect

Third studio album from the Detroit post-punk quartet

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  1. 9.1 |   Consequence Of Sound

    While the individual songs have peaks and purpose, the album winds up functioning on the same level
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  2. 8.3 |   A.V. Club

    The Agent Intellect is an impressive addition to the band’s small discography, and it hints that bigger, bolder work may lay ahead
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  3. 8.2 |   Pitchfork

    Intellect draws its energy from the panic of mortality
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  4. 8.0 |   Spin

    It’s dingy, insular basement rock cast as fist-pumping music for the masses
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  5. 8.0 |   NOW

    One of America's best bands have made their greatest record, and it's jaw-dropping
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  6. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    If thematically some tracks are smaller-scale, musically things have been blown up
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  7. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    Epic, dirgy portrait of gravelly malaise
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  8. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    More than anything this LP feels like a testament to perseverance
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  9. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    Whether opaque, sprightly or just plain gung-ho garage rock, Protomartyr revel in a gnarled inspiration that often feels sincerely profound
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  10. 8.0 |   The Music

    Protomartyr are a breath of dissonant fresh air
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  11. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Protomartyr save their best for the final half of the album beginning with the buzz saw, fuzz chug of “The Hermit”, moving into the splashy moroseness of “Clandestine Time” and recent single “Why Does It Shake?
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  12. 8.0 |   DIY

    It’s irresistible and so eloquently convincing that despite their claims of failure, Protomartyr are unstoppable
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  13. 8.0 |   Q

    Detroit punks swap chaos for depth. Print edition only

  14. 8.0 |   Art Rocker

    Builds on the progressive developments of Protomartyr’s last two albums to settle in a comfortable place somewhere between the raw aggression of the first album and the dreary monotone of the second
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  15. 8.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    There’s a decidedly Midwestern quality to the darkly claustrophobic sound of Protomartyr
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  16. 8.0 |   The Quietus

    Distilling the sheer fallibility of the human condition across twelve insistent tracks, each full listen feels like an investment in the slow-burning revelation of some bigger picture
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  17. 8.0 |   Beardfood

    This brooding post-punk will take hold of your attention
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  18. 8.0 |   NME

    If these guys don't have the loftiest ambitions ever, it needn't matter when 'The Agent Intellect' makes post-punk feel like purest rock'n'roll
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  19. 8.0 |   All Music

    If you're looking for further confirmation that Protomartyr are one of the smartest and toughest bands of their day, this album is what you need
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  20. 7.8 |   Paste Magazine

    Essentially, it’s an album of spindly bass, needling guitar and economical drums. And yet, with Protomartyr’s inventive ensemble flare, it sounds like much more
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  21. 7.5 |   Earbuddy

    The Agent Intellect needs less commitment from the listener, which in turn makes it less engaging than their previous work. Far from being a complete bummer, The Agent Intellect doesn’t call for any action and gives very little in return
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