tUnE-yArDs - Nikki Nack
Critic Score
Based on 27 reviews
2014 Ratings: #36 / 845
Year End Rank: #47
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Based on 261 ratings
2014 Ratings: #113
May 6, 2014 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

91
Pretty Much Amazing

Nikki Nack, the phenomenal follow-up to whokill, will only solidify the prior convictions of admirers and cynics alike. Garbus has broadened and sharpened her sonic vocabulary. Her melodies are catchier, her zany song structures more welcoming.

91
A.V. Club

Nikki Nack, Garbus’ third effort, is polished, meticulously produced, and very much a studio effort. The chaos, however, remains. 

90
musicOMH

As sonically marvellous as Nikki Nack is, it’s Garbus’ voice that gives it its heart and soul. Her vocals have always been pretty startling, but she’s taken it a whole new level here.

90
AllMusic

Nikki Nack demands, and rewards, repeated listening to appreciate everything Garbus and Brenner are doing. It's an oddly nourishing album that's as big a step forward for tUnE-yArDs as W H O K I L L was from Bird-Brains.

90
Sputnikmusic

Sonically, Nikki Nack is a joyous record which sees Gabril bursting at the seams with restless energy and tremendous creativity.

90
Spin

Although its emotional intensity is at first nearly overwhelming, Nikki Nack gets similarly crazy with hooks, which makes it more daring because it ups the stakes even higher. 

85
The Line of Best Fit

It’s a more polished affair in terms of production, slightly less distracted in terms of thematic content, and with that comes Garbus, seemingly more focused and more determined. 

81
Pitchfork

Nikki Nack signifies maturity while still allowing room for Garbus to do zany things

80
Drowned in Sound

Nikki Nack is a side-step from showiness into comparative subtlety, offering rounder edges to even busier, more vivid songs.

80
NME

The songs splatter unpredictably with little concern for cohesion, forming a whole that is emphatically unique.

80
DIY

An album which remains just as idiosyncratic but is even catchier and even bolder.

80
Tiny Mix Tapes

Each song feels as though you’re dropped upon the spilling platform of various merry-go-rounds, each populated with colorful characters and disorienting mirrors, revolving at their own capricious tempos.

80
PopMatters

The main effect of pulling together the instrumentation more tightly on Nikki Nack is that the vocals become the focal point of the mix, giving the newfound nuance in Garbus’ voice free rein to drive tUnE-yArDs’ diverse, frenetic sound. 

80
No Ripcord

This is the strongest tUnE-yArDs album to date, more ambitious musically, more urgent and eloquent lyrically, and yet somehow more danceable all the same.

80
Under The Radar

Built around Haitian basslines and free-form percussion, these 13 tracks are expansive and loose, like the sound of an artist unshackling.

80
Exclaim!

tUnE-yArDs' bright and playful exterior might deter some, but Garbus and Brenner bask in quirk without it ever clouding the tracks' overall purposes.

80
Rolling Stone

Her third LP, cut with bass-minded partner Nate Brenner, suggests an innovator in for the long haul.

73
Paste

So many other sounds contribute to the layered chaos on nikki nack that shifts the focus of the record away from Garbus’ spectacularly varied vocal prowess. 

60
The 405

Garbus' sound is still a little too vague, still in need of some real streamlining; the promise remains blindingly obvious, but the execution, for my money at least, is still missing.

50
Consequence of Sound

Parts of Nikki Nack are interesting, deeply beautiful, and insanely catchy. Other parts are painful to listen to given their overt blindness to the nuances of holding conversations like the ones she attempts to initiate.

musicmagpie55
80
This album radiates enthusiasm. Tune-Yards oscillate between creative and gimmick on almost every song. This is the most successful TY album for me with some of the songs being quite transcendent.
CheapandLethal
100
Amazing
snarekickblues
66
Best Track: Find A New Way, Water Fountain, Real Thing, or Manchild
Worst Track: Why Must We Dine On The Tots?
Most Overrated Track: Wait For A Minute
Most Underrated Track: Rocking Chair
KengojiUltamYT
96
PLEASE STOP THAT MAN
nize
55
This album kInDa-sUcKs
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Track List

  1. Find a New Way
  2. Water Fountain
  3. Time of Dark
  4. Real Thing
  5. Look Around
  6. Hey Life
  7. Sink-O
  8. Why Do We Dine on the Tots?
  9. Stop That Man
  10. Wait for a Minute
  11. Left Behind
  12. Rocking Chair
  13. Manchild  
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