Methyl Ethel - Triage
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
2019 Ratings: #526 / 596
User Score
Based on 84 ratings
2019 Ratings: #753
February 15, 2019 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

85
The Line of Best Fit

Triage is a spectrum of colour and abstract character, stained with a unique personality. Thanks to this approach, Triage is the finest work from Methyl Ethel yet.

80
Drowned in Sound

This isn’t music to be taken in completely on the first listen. It’s eerie, complex, heart wrenching even.

80
DIY

Methyl Ethel have reached great new heights with this stellar effort.

70
AllMusic

Triage offers Methyl Ethel's most immersive collection to date.

70
God Is in the TV

Unlike the immediacy definition of the album’s title, Triage is slow-burner that’s magic is revealed on repeated listens.

70
Northern Transmissions

‘Triage’ is ingrained with a sound of the past, rebooted for 2019 but its themes are relatable and universal; surely that can’t be bad?

67
Consequence of Sound

Every song from Methyl Ethel’s latest album seems like it is trying to outdo all the others and that is never a bad thing. Triage is probably their best album yet because they only seem to be competing with themselves, which makes for the best form of uncompromising music.

60
Loud and Quiet

The first truly outward-facing Methyl Ethel album should go over well with plenty – a little less restraint next time out, though, might expand their reach even further.

60
Exclaim!

Methyl Ethel's second album, Everything Is Forgotten, was utterly hypnotic in how it pulled together repetition and percussion ... Triage is worthwhile in its own right, but it falls just short.

60
NME

An often-dazzling, albeit inconsistent, third record from Perth's new pop masters.

60
Dork

It is a pleasing effort nonetheless and confirms Methyl Ethel to be a band consistent not only in the style of their output but in the quality also.

60
The Guardian

Solidly catchy melodies abound, from the gambolling opener Ruiner to the stately, processional closer No Fighting – the sort of tunes that happily enliven Urban Outfitters’ changing rooms but don’t quite grab your soul.

55
Under The Radar

A couple tracks break from the tired formula and show Methyl Ethel can actually create something unique and entertaining.

30
The 405

At its best, Triage is boring. At its worst, it feels like it’s staring at you in hopes you can bail it out, all the while wiping flop sweat off its brow.

KengojiUltamYT
90
Triage is a fun throwback to classic synth-pop

Best Tracks: Scream Whole,All the Elements,Trip the Mains,Hip Horror,No Fighting
Worst Track: Post-Blue
PatrickL0419
57
The first three tracks, especially All the Elements, are fairly functional, but the rest of the record loses steam pretty quickly.
holsgr
40
☆☆ ~ Almost tolerable listen. Only few nice moments in this intricate and uncomfortable release.
usedtobe
81
Not bad. I liked their previous effort.
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
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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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