- Ugly

Screaming Females - Ugly
CRITIC SCORE
81
Based on 9 reviews
2012 Rank: #41 / 892
USER SCORE
80
Based on
17 ratings

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CRITIC REVIEWS

91
A.V. Club

Not only does Ugly set a new standard for the band, it’s also a grubby, triumphant call to action. 

90
No Ripcord

What Ugly lacks in innovation is more than made up for in unique vocals and excellent music 

80
Consequence of Sound

Indie rock albums with this uniquely developed a voice don’t come around often, especially not when it’s this much fun.

80
Beats Per Minute

Ugly is so rich, so dense, so full that you forget there’s just three of them.

80
Pitchfork

Ugly puts a newfound emphasis on songcraft and sustained momentum. 

79
Paste

The release finds the New Jersey trio ... exploring not only space-filling arrangements that are impressive for the lean band, but also hard-hitting and catchy tracks.

70
PopMatters

There’s a real sense of purpose to the way Screaming Females realize their ambition and potential on Ugly.

90
Without knowing it, I've been waiting for more than a few years for this album to come along. Since the end of Sleater-Kinney, there's been a void for me in new music of bands that really rock in a satisfying way. Not that this album sounds anything like S-K, but it does hit all of the pleasure areas that I like in a rock record. It will grow on you if you give it a chance and soon you'll be amazed at how it drills its way into your mind.
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Added on: January 17, 2012