Mug Museum

Cate Le Bon - Mug Museum
Critic Score
Based on 18 reviews
2013 Ratings: #395 / 953
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Based on 17 ratings
November 12, 2013 / Release Date
LP / Format
Turnstile, Wichita / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
The 405

It's barely been more than 18 months since CYRK, but she's managed to move her sound forward considerably in that time, while proving that she's in for the long haul with a concise and commanding third album.

80
The Fly

Psychedelic leanings and Le Bon’s fragile Welsh lilt make ‘Mug Museum’ a typically unusual listen, but its sincerity shines throughout, finding beauty in the strangest, sometimes saddest of places.

80
NME

‘Mug Museum’, her third full-length, is as wonderfully weird as any of its predecessors. And there’s now sparseness in her music, plus a cool, controlled confidence that showcases her knack for the surreal more than ever.

70
AllMusic

Mug Museum will delight anybody with ears who enjoyed her previous outing, and while it may lack some of the focus of its predecessor, it retains every bit of its oddball charm.

65
The Line of Best Fit

While Mug Museum may seem more poignant, it does come at the expense of a lot of that appealling idiosyncracy.

60
DIY

The melancholy for which Cate's distinctive vocals works so well remains ... but the addition of wonderfully precise instrumentation acts as transformation.

76
Cate Le Bon doesn't sound like anyone else currently writing music that I know of, let alone in her indie/singer-songwriter genre, and her off-kilter quirks and vocal flights of fancy come across as very organic. And she can do introspective and expressive just as well as she can do kooky, crafting a thoughtful and irresistible melody on "Are You With Me Now?" and nailing a surprisingly effective duet with the equally potent Perfume Genius on "I Think I Knew."
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#37/MOJO
#42/NME
#48/Q Magazine

Track List

  1. I Can't Help You
  2. Are You With Me Now?
  3. Duke
  4. No God
  5. I Think I Knew
  6. Wild
  7. Sisters
  8. Mirror Me
  9. Cuckoo Through the Walls
  10. Mug Museum
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Added on: November 5, 2013