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The Switch


The Switch

Third full-length album of minimalist experimental rock from Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon and guitarist Bill Nace

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  1. 8.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    NEW One of the most original, exciting albums of the year so far
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  2. 8.3 |   Consequence Of Sound

    Kim Gordon’s voice may have been the spark that lit the blaze, but now she’s using a guitar to conjure up sonic waves to keep pushing us forward
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  3. 8.0 |   The Independent

    This is a brave, immersive and timely record
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  4. 8.0 |   Pitchfork

    On their most purposeful record to date, Kim Gordon and Bill Nace conjure a complete sonic ecosystem where they control the weather
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  5. 8.0 |   All Music

    Transfixing, haunting, and lingering, this is some of Body/Head's most emotionally eloquent music
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  6. 7.0 |   Uncut

    It's nuanced "noise" that packs a hefty emotional punch. Print edition only

  7. 7.0 |   Under The Radar

    A restlessly searching work that requires a concentrated listener, yet for all its harshness, this eccentric and admirably inconclusive record has a deeply meditative quality
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  8. 7.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

    It’s the music’s imperfect, frayed charm that makes The Switch stick out beyond the obvious pedigree of its personnel
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  9. 6.0 |   Rolling Stone

    A fascinating journey into post-apocalyptic art-punk muck
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  10. 6.0 |   Q

    For a "difficult" record, it's an oddly easy sell - an instant, atmospheric disturbance, a tiny portable wormhole. Print edition only

  11. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    If you fancy a particularly on-the-nose soundtrack to society’s current state of collapse, this is it
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  12. 5.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    To a large extent this oppression derives from the quality of recording, which makes it sound like the duo are playing through blown out amps from the far side of an empty warehouse
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  13. 4.0 |   The Music

    An adrift ship traversing vast, barren seas bereft of rhythm or motif to anchor it
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  14. 3.8 |   Earbuddy

    The purpose it seems is to create something uncomfortable to listen to. Something you never want to listen to again. Can we get a slow clap?
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