Render Another Ugly Method

Mothers - Render Another Ugly Method
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2018 Ratings: #551 / 719
User Score
Based on 46 ratings
2018 Ratings: #667
September 7, 2018 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
The Skinny

The second album from Kristine Leschper’s Atlanta outfit Mothers, Render Another Ugly Method reaffirms the band’s talent for making the familiar sound so strange.

80
Exclaim!

The shifting, irregular momentum on Render Another Ugly Method is bold and rewarding, with many surprises.

80
DIY

Mothers have taken their tactics of constant instrumental juxtapositions into another realm, somehow finding a middle ground between the pleasant and the discordant, where Mothers have comfortably found their niche - it’s not always uplifting, but it consistently delivers.

80
Northern Transmissions

This certainly doesn’t always make for the most accessible album, it pays off more often than not.

80
musicOMH

Render Another Ugly Method is an album which demands careful listening, almost as it pushes away the listener, inviting interpretation as it rejects it. Often thrilling, it is rarely less than compelling.

70
Loud and Quiet

While ‘Render…’ is a glorious middle finger to convenience listeners everywhere, at times it’s just a little too fragmented to really make an impact.

70
AllMusic

It's a challenging album, especially at close to an hour in length. It's one that holds its share of fascination, however, with its alternately biting and poetic lyrics, persistent ache, and unpredictable patterns that are still discernable if often transient.

70
The Line of Best Fit

Songwriting craft. Musicianship. Vision. Ambition. Singularity. It’s all on display here, unmistakably, impressively. But mostly, Render Another Ugly Method serves up a palpable sense of something ominous and haunting.

67
A.V. Club

Render Another Ugly Method is a transitory step for Mothers, one that’s equally messy and compelling, showing that Leschper’s voice as a songwriter and singer remains her own, no matter how many effects she puts on top of it.

50
Consequence of Sound

Lyrics that need to be read aloud to be understood, plus an unsettling discombobulation of tempos, dynamics, and various internal compositions, plus Leschper’s monotonous drone, all co-existing for nearly one hour becomes mentally exhausting and almost frustrating halfway through Render.

30
Under The Radar

Render Another Ugly Method is merely the calcified misery of a young woman who can't reach outside herself.

56
Mothers was a band I’d had my eye on; though I didn’t totally love their debut, it showed tons of promise, and I expected them to come into their own on their sophomore album. Sadly, “Render Another Ugly Method” is a major step backwards. It’s a nearly interminable album with very little in the way of song structure or melody; Mothers pivot towards dark prog and post-punk, and the result is a monotonous, gloomy mess. Kristin Leschper’s vocals also seem to ... read more
WildChameleon
56
It's a HUGE disapointment. The previous album was so pure with beautiful lyrics and vocals but here, it loses all the magic.

My main issue is vocally, it's a stepback. Try to random your listening in different parts of the tracks : it's the same "lo-fi" voice and the same way of singing. It doesn't help to appreciate the instrumental "relative" improvment because her vocals were a huge part of the charm. It's quite monoteous, not as challenging as critics seem to say and ... read more
JohnLouisHoward
55
wacky time signatures and out of tune vocals and instruments is not an "ugly method", it's an excuse for poor song-writing. huge step backwards. physically painful to listen to at times.
winitheju
64
ugh so so disappointing after their previous record
NR
What the hell happened here? How did Mothers go from making an album that is so beautifully played, delicately constructed and emotionally resonant to something that sounds this cacophonous and uneven?

I didn't listen to this enough to give it a rating, doing so would have been painful.
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Track List

  1. BEAUTY ROUTINE
  2. PINK
  3. "IT IS A PLEASURE TO BE HERE"
  4. BLAME KIT
  5. BAPTIST TRAUMA
  6. WESTERN MEDICINE
  7. CIRCLE ONCE
  8. MUTUAL AGREEMENT
  9. MOTHER AND WIFE
  10. WEALTH CENTER / RISK CAPITAL
  11. FAT CHANCE
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