Methyl Ethel - Triage
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
2019 Ratings: #63 / 75
User Score
Based on 30 ratings
2019 Ratings: #57
February 15, 2019 / Release Date
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4AD / Label
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MasterCrackfox
74
This album remains engaging throughout, with similar but well-constructed songs with smart builds and structures. The vocals are fun and performed well, and the range of Webb is often incredible. The groovy synth-inspired instrumentation is also a highlight, meshing well with the tonal qualities of the overall album. I think this is a hit, with pop sensibilities but enough creative juice to really keep it consistent. Easily an album I will be wanting to return to at least once or twice more ... read more
63
The problem with this album isn't that it sounds bad, in fact the instrumentals on this album are often lively, exciting and interesting, the problem here is that the performances are not very interesting, and the vocals are overdone. Some of the songs are really good, but for whatever reason I don't feel like listening again.

I do feel that the instrumental work is really well done, which is a bit of a shame considering it's just not that good in execution.
iamnicmoore
68
QUICK THOUGHTS: The album is lesser than the sum of its parts. Lots of solid tracks if they existed independently, however the tracklist shares too many instrumental, lyrical, and structural qualities that make Triage a repetitive listen at times. This is a record I enjoy, but the lack of variations keeps it from being something great.

BEST TRACKS: RUINER, SCREAM WHOLE

LEAST FAVORITE: POST-BLUE

6.8/10
69
By the time the album crosses beyond Post-Blue, it really loses its magic sheen. The album makes a flying start, brining a series of engaging, infectious and memorable psych-pop numbers. It is far more solid that Everything is Forgotten as well (an album carried by the track Ubu), but it still lacks consistency, evident in the lacklustre second half.

Best Track: Trip the Mains
wyattflowers
66
Faves: All the Elements, Trip the Mains, Real Tight, Hip Horror, No Fighting
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Track List

  1. Ruiner
  2. Scream Whole
  3. All the Elements
  4. Trip the Mains
  5. Post-Blue
  6. Real Tight
  7. Hip Horror
  8. What About the 37º?
  9. No Fighting
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