Cymbals Eat Guitars - LOSE
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
2014 Rank: #96 / 827
User Score
Based on 103 ratings
August 26, 2014 / Release Date
LP / Format
Barsuk / Label
John Agnello / Producer
Indie Rock / Genres
Your Review



At times short and bombastic, at others melodic and sprawling, LOSE has something for everyone yet still retains most of what made Cymbals Eat Guitars great on their last two releases.

Tiny Mix Tapes

LOSE is lyric poetry struggling with representing loss; it’s the music of seeing your youth drain out of you, of trying to reconcile the differences between you now and you then, between death and life and the twirling, familiar grey area of dreams.

The Line of Best Fit

It’s an impeccably beaten, teary-eyed but smiling document to a frighteningly exhilarating time of one’s life and beacon to march onward

Pretty Much Amazing

The band may love the sounds of Built to Spill and Superchunk a little too much, but they’re also far too adventurous to settle for apery, least of all on LOSE. It’s their best work yet.

Consequence of Sound

Channeling profound loss, once-buried emotions, and a stronger sense of songwriting, these Staten Islanders have created something cathartic, life-affirming, and important.


The music is once again outdone by D’Agostino’s lyrics, deeply personal and relatable, referential without being academic, prone to poetic flight and realistic grounding. 


At their core, Cymbals Eat Guitars is still the same band as before - just bigger and bolder, more sharpened and focused. And they’re better for it. 


For its themes of loss and longing, its wide-eyed sense of wistfulness, for all of its hopefulness in misfortune, Lose ends up being a win. And a major one at that.


Lose becomes a rewarding listen in no small part because of these stylistic diversions and the way the different parts fit together into an interesting, forward-moving whole.

Under The Radar

As Cymbals Eat Guitars further shape the band's sound, the quartet manages to strike a balance between radio-friendly material and experimental urges with LOSE


While the album may not fully scale D'Agostino's high bar, in attempting to make that leap Cymbals Eat Guitars have made their best album to date as well as a touching goodbye to a friend.

Rolling Stone

This arty New York band's previous album, 2011's Lenses Alien, was delirious indie-rock bedlam. The four-piece crew's follow-up, reportedly written in response to the death of a friend, is just as anarchic.

Jul 5, 2016
From soaring guitar licks, to unexpected tempo changes, to a vocal range from brash to falsettoed, these guys are making unique music. It happens to be a type of unique that I like. Warning and Jackson are great songs.
Nov 4, 2015
You'll be in tears by the end of this album. It transcends across all emotions. What else would you expect from Cymbals?
Sep 2, 2014
My favorite track on the album would be Chambers, with its steady beats, playful synth counterbalanced by dry and urging vocals, while suddenly turning all melodic and catchy.

Added on: May 19, 2014