The Switch

Body/Head - The Switch
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
2018 Ratings: #477 / 724
User Score
Based on 31 ratings
2018 Ratings: #705
July 13, 2018 / Release Date
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Spectrum Culture

This is a rock record without a trace of rock music on it. As a result, The Switch can safely be considered one of the most original, exciting albums of the year so far; passionate and cerebral, it makes good on the promise of the band’s name.

Consequence of Sound
The second studio album from Kim Gordon’s post-Sonic Youth project is a new creative peak with she and fellow guitarist Bill Nace playing around with variables of feedback, reverb, delay, and pure noise to bring about a collective but controlled chaos.
The Independent
This is a brave, immersive and timely record.
Transfixing, haunting, and lingering, this is some of Body/Head's most emotionally eloquent music.
It’s Body/Head’s most purposeful record so far, as Gordon and Nace conjure a complete sonic ecosystem where they direct the weather.

To describe this EP as dissonant would be to delineate a lack of harmony in its soundscapes – and there is absolute harmony in The Switch.

Under The Radar

The Switch is 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.

Northern Transmissions
Though Kim Gordon and Bill Nace’s collaborations have never been compromising, they really push their audience this time around. With music that feels closer to a score than music you’d sit down and listen to, there is a merit to the madness if you can endure the fierce sound-crafting.
Tiny Mix Tapes

Blessedly, The Switch feels feral, like some slow-burn raging, wheezing beast that teeteringly stalks to the edge of your perception. It’s a lopsided listen, the channels often competing with each other like overlapping Altman dialogue.

The 405

This is experimentation through subtraction. Gordon and Nace relieve themselves of percussion, not letting their guitars fill in gaps but asking why we need to have gaps to fill in at all.


The new studio offering from Kim Gordon and Bill Nace offers an experience that's less tied to the raw emotions of the past and more focused on the exacting, brilliant technical and compositional skills of its creators.

The Guardian
If you fancy a particularly on-the-nose soundtrack to society’s current state of collapse, this is it.
Rolling Stone

Follow-up The Switch digs past the craggy noise-rock crust into the subterranean magma.

FLOOD Magazine
This is not music that wants to play on your emotions—rather, it wants you to leave the nuisance of them behind altogether. It is intensely cerebral, in a way that will leave your brain in veritable shambles.
The Observer

Again, there are no beats, just washes of guitar noise; the difference this time is that Gordon’s vocals are now buried so deep within the mix that they are largely unintelligible, and strangely unobtrusive.

Loud and Quiet
The heavy monotones of their debut ... have often been replaced by textures that allow for moments of space and fleeting shades of colour.
Awesome no wave album. Kim Gordon still has it and creates one of the most spacey and entrancing albums of the year
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Track List

  1. Last Time
  2. You Don't Need
  3. In the Dark Room
  4. Change My Brain
  5. Reverse Hard
Contributions By
thisisabtlgrnd, patton, bgod
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Added on: June 10, 2018