AOTY 2018

The Other

King Tuff - The Other
Critic Score
Based on 11 reviews
2018 Ratings: #574 / 704
User Score
Based on 61 ratings
2018 Ratings: #518
April 13, 2018 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
Northern Transmissions

On his wayfaring new album The Other ... he turns down the guitars and cranks the synthesizers and keyboards.

80
Exclaim!

The Other consists of funk-laden tracks that are still true to Thomas's style; he has developed his songwriting skills and layered sound with intertwining keyboards, adding exceptional collaborations like Ty Segall on drums, vocals from Jenny Lewis and Mikal Cronin on saxophone.

80
AllMusic

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.

80
DIY

While not all-out riotous slacker-pop, he incorporates particles of honky-tonk rock, wry witticism in an admittedly more muted and seasoned, but still measured, present-day evolution of King Tuff.

70
Clash

‘The Other’ is by no means a reinvention though, as Thomas rarely loses sight of what made his previous material so appealing – that sense of playfulness and the abundance of psych-inflected hooks.

70
FLOOD Magazine

It’s not a blatant dance record—it’s a kind of fuzzy, funky, cosmic party record.

65
Pitchfork

With The Other, Thomas has arrived at the same point Bowie did with Diamond Dogs, or Alice Cooper with Welcome to My Nightmare, where the campy hijinks old have given way to more worldly apocalyptic concerns.

60
NME

If you came here for meaty garage-rock riffs, you may well feel like you’ve turned down an unexpected path – but you’ll certainly benefit by sticking around in this world a little longer, because things get weird as fuck.

60
PopMatters

King Tuff's nihilistic tendencies overshadow the confusingly hopeful tone he was attempting on The Other.

50
Loud and Quiet

While a strong addition in all to Tuff’s discography, it’s still all smoke and mirrors to his self-proclaimed confessional revelation.

45
Spectrum Culture

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

TheBravesDH
50
Listen to Birds of Paradise and save yourself 40 minutes.
luna128
68
Enjoyable, but it fails to progress or say anything meaningful.
70
Cool. But completely derivative.
jamius
70
Fun but ultimately regressive.
k4d3n
52
I like the instrumentation and all, but nothing on the album is really sticking to me. That's pretty much it. The Other gets the score it gets only because I really like the production.
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#89/Piccadilly Records
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Track List

  1. The Other
  2. Raindrop Blue
  3. Thru the Cracks
  4. Psycho Star
  5. Infinite Mile
  6. Birds of Paradise
  7. Circuits in the Sand
  8. Ultraviolet
  9. Neverending Sunshine
  10. No Man's Land
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Added on: February 6, 2018