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The Other

King Tuff

The Other

Self-produced fifth album of garage rock from Kyle Thomas with guest appearances from Jenny Lewis, Kevin Morby, Greta Morgan, and Ty Segall

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  1. 8.0 |   All Music

    It's a more thoughtful, philosophical King Tuff, for certain, but The Other is far from a downer, with Thomas' individuality and catchy pop sensibilities still intact
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  2. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    "No Man's Land" is a mesmerizing sendoff to end the album; slow and triumphant, by the time it's over you're left with a lasting impression
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  3. 8.0 |   DIY

    An admittedly more muted and seasoned, but still measured, present-day evolution of King Tuff
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  4. 7.5 |   Earbuddy

    Every now and again it backfires — “Circuits in the Sand”, for example, is a little too heavy-handed (a psychedelic rocker who thinks we rely too much on digital technology? Call me surprised) — but it feels kind of nice to meet Kyle Thomas for the first time
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  5. 7.0 |   Clash

    A bit less frenetic than previous material, but across ten songs Thomas leaves his unmistakeable sonic signature with auteur-like precision
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  6. 6.5 |   Pitchfork

    Kyle Thomas’ fifth album as King Tuff is more fleshed out and lustrous than before, now preoccupied with death, environmental degradation, and technological dependency
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  7. 6.0 |   NME

    This “psychic reset” has reinvigorated Thomas, and even if the results are sometimes a bit messy, there’s no way you can call this record boring. Long live King Tuff II
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  8. 5.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    For an album that marks King Tuff’s “psychic reset”, it’s fair to say it’s only partially successful
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  9. 4.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    The Other is a protracted sigh of exhaustion from a character whose creator by this point despises him
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