Juice B Crypts

Battles - Juice B Crypts
Critic Score
Based on 18 reviews
2019 Ratings: #510 / 689
User Score
Based on 158 ratings
2019 Ratings: #805
October 18, 2019 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Exclaim!

As we listen to it, we also listen to the sound of a band who continue to create after more than a decade — tempered with loss, yes, but also joy, also freedom.

80
Loud and Quiet

The end product is the giddily unrestrained Juice B Crypts, an LP both fast in terms of tempo and run time and fastidious when it comes to its construction

80
NME
Across the record, the now-duo delve into all kinds of conceptual weirdness, overflowing with ideas of technology, subservience and infinite loops. The brilliance of the record, though, is that none of this fancy thinking gets in the way of what is an absurdly fun album.
80
The Line of Best Fit

Juice B Crypts is an uncompromised, multi-faceted assault course for the brain, but one you won’t regret taking.

80
Clash

It would be hard to find an album to compete with theirs in regards of modernism or creativeness.

80
DIY

It’s not always been obvious, but since their inception in 2002, Battles have been on an almighty quest for the funk. Definitive, all-conquering, funk. On ‘Juice B Crypts’, their fourth studio album, they might just have found it.

80
AllMusic

Though it's a relatively concise 40 minutes, Battles pack so much into Juice B Crypts that, perhaps more than any of their albums since Mirrored, it needs to be taken as a whole to appreciate its constantly changing, consistently engaging sounds.

75
Northern Transmissions
Inventive, bonkers, mind bending; that’s ‘Juice B Crypts’.
70
Slant Magazine

Juice B Crypts occasionally threatens to collapse beneath the weight of its overstuffed songs. But even when it’s too maximalist for its own good, Battles’s music is still compelling.

70
Crack Magazine

Battles’ music often sounds more android than human, like they’re anthropomorphised, misbehaving robots running amok in a futuristic music shop.

70
PopMatters

Battles' music continues to be unconventional and sometimes harsh-sounding, but they also have an ear for catchy melodies.

61
Pitchfork

Captivating tidbits rattle inside each of these 11 tracks, thrilling details that, when found, hit like syringes of adrenaline.

60
Dork

Where previous records leaned into energetic post-rock, here the influence of their Warp Records peers shines through.

60
The 405

Juice B Crypts often feels like it’s treading water, a band making busywork out of something that still has the potential to excite.

50
The Needle Drop

While Battles maintain their unique style of math rock on Juice B Crypts, the band sounds like a shadow of its former self.

30
Spectrum Culture

Juice B Crypts is the worst version of the band, one now somehow out of step with what made them so appealing in the first place.

Inglume
62
你好,我叫Inglume,我回來了! :D

Just in time for my fav math rock nerds to come back once again with an album to satisfy my cravings. It's Battles, bitch!

So, picture this: You've been deafened by an explosion for a year. You finally get your hearing back and the first recording you hear is the song, Ambulance, with its quirky ass beats and rhythms so groovy the walls in your tiny room start vibrating. You've essentially just taken a dose of sweet, powdery cocaine...and that's how I ... read more
fakeplasticrose
80
They're still capable of making good music after all...
Plats
86
"Juice B Crypts" is everything Battles should be: experimental, adventurous, fun as hell and with a healthy dose of math rock sensibility. "Hiro 3" is pretty bad and the first half is a little slow, but it eventually picks up into exactly the album it should be.

Fav Tracks: Fort Greene Park, Titanium 2 Step, Last Supper on Shasta, IZM, Sugar Foot, Juice B Crypts

Least Fav Track: Hiro 3

Score:
8.6
Exceptional
WhatTheFunk
63
After hearing "IZM", I officially want "Math Rap" to be a thing.

Yes, math rap... it would be easy for Battles' genius math rock nerds. Because since 2004, this band has been producing the most creative and futuristic experimental rock of the 21st century. And I have to admit it, Battles is my favorite math rock band of all time. But unfortunately since "La Di Da Di", the band doesn't click with me anymore. So I was hoping that Battles would release a fucking ... read more
ACreativeName
45
pHShSUHuqhKinda annoyign
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Track List

  1. Ambulance
  2. A Loop So Nice...
  3. They Played It Twice (feat. Xenia Rubinos)
  4. Sugar Foot (feat. Jon Anderson & 落差草原 WWWW)
  5. Fort Greene Park
  6. Titanium 2 Step (feat. Sal Principato)
  7. Hiro 3
  8. Izm (feat. Shabazz Palaces)
  9. Juice B Crypts
  10. Last Supper On Shasta Pt. 1 (feat. Tune-Yards)
  11. Last Supper On Shasta Pt. 2 (feat. Tune-Yards)
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Added on: August 6, 2019