AOTY 2018

Dance on the Blacktop

Nothing - Dance on the Blacktop
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2018 Ratings: #431 / 706
User Score
Based on 81 ratings
2018 Ratings: #472
August 24, 2018 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

83
A.V. Club

Unlike just about every other band on earth, NOTHING is at its best when it closes itself off and spins into oblivion.

80
Exclaim!

By nature, shoegaze bands often sound weighty and miserable, but Nothing's nine new songs unsurprisingly wear their grim nature on sleeve.

80
God Is in the TV

Everything that Nothing have recorded so far has been worthy of your attention; Dance On The Blacktop is no exception.

80
AllMusic
It's too bad more personal tragedy is what it took to right the ship, but Nothing's third album is a worthy successor to their great debut.
80
Northern Transmissions
For their new album, Nothing hit listeners with walls of sound and deep effects to make you think. While sometimes more straightforward than others, their music has a consistently interesting edge to it.
80
FLOOD Magazine

What initially feels like a watered-down sequel to a totally unique album reveals itself to be an impressive demonstration of dream-pop art brut.

71
Pitchfork

On their third album, the Philadelphia shoegaze band’s tried-and-true arrangements are not terribly original, but they are deeply felt.

70
PopMatters

Dance on the Blacktop is not a new Nothing, it's just Nothing in new clothes, and it is probably a Smashing Pumpkins T-shirt.

70
No Ripcord

Dance is best enjoyed when you accept its familiar pleasures - it bursts with pure deliverance, coming from a band that refuses to hang in life support.

68
Paste

By now, NOTHING has mastered the heavy shoegaze toolbox; Blacktop tweaks the style but doesn’t meaningfully depart from what the band has already accomplished.

60
The Skinny

On Dance On the Blacktop, NOTHING burrow into the filth and double down on the harsher elements of their sound, with mixed results.

60
Drowned in Sound
Nothing's third album is something of a safe bet: fans of the band and/or genre will still enjoy this, while Agnello's name being attached may turn a few extra heads, but it is feasible that the whole 'nu-shoegaze' movement is running out of steam.
50
Spectrum Culture

Nothing’s moments of respite, whether dips in energy or detours into other bands’ music, never let Dance on the Blacktop become whole.

JohnLouisHoward
90
solid and reliable work from Philly shoegazers settling into their "veteran" status after only three records. the proper analogy here is Airiel. as Airiel is to Chicago, so Nothing is to Philadelphia. there are many worse fates for a band than to be the best shoegaze band from a major metro area. let's hope they continue to wear the mantle gracefully.
rosevean
70
no development
Zero Day, Hail on Palace Pier
AnalVape
30
Nothing tries to be unique with as minimal effort as possible.

A self-proclaimed "shoegaze" band, Nothing tries making simple alt-rock tunes and downgrading the recording quality so as to sound DIY or lo-fi, but their tone doesn't pair well with this kind of production. It sounds like a 2010 album traveled back in time and was re-released in the early 90s, and I know on the face of that statement, it sounds like something to be excited for, but this album is pretty lackluster to me. ... read more
78
Not as good as Tired of Tomorrow, but still pretty great.
ryanreviews
62
Nothing’s third album is a throwback to the 90’s with guitars roaring walls of noise however the album fails as a whole to sound like something completely new. A lot of the songs on this album sound like pretty run of the mill shoegaze songs with a dark twist to them and there are some beautiful melodies hidden under the harshness of the roaring guitars all along this album. Sometimes the loudness works well like on the track “Zero Day” but on others the guitars are so ... read more
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#16/Revolver
#32/Noisey

Track List

  1. Zero Day
  2. Blue Line Baby
  3. You Wind Me Up
  4. Plastic Migraine
  5. Us/We/are
  6. Hail on Palace Pier
  7. I Hate the Flowers
  8. The Carpenter's Son
  9. (Hope) Is Just Another Word with a Hole in It
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