Kim Gordon - No Home Record
Critic Score
Based on 28 reviews
2019 Ratings: #144 / 765
Year End Rank: #47
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Based on 281 ratings
2019 Ratings: #432
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
The Skinny

For all the screeching dissonance and politically infused anger present, No Home Record is a real joy of an album, proof if proof were ever needed that Gordon will not allow herself to slide into anything approaching resting on her laurels.

100
The Guardian

Many artists of her stature retreat from contemporary horrors to the comforts of the past, but Gordon relishes new raw material to remake in her own, inimitable image.

100
Louder Than War
A brilliant swerve from the tried and tested Sonic Youth template and a game changing, career defining debut.
85
The 405

No Home Record is a body of work which constantly shifts to unsettle and delight in equal measure.

84
Pitchfork

After 38 years of making music, Kim Gordon’s thrilling solo debut lives at the vanguard of sound and performance, shot through with the beautiful, unsparing noise that has always defined her art.

81
Paste

It’s jagged, chaotic and mesmerizing in a way that pulls you inevitably into the thick of it, as if the songs were exerting their own inescapable gravity.

80
Loud and Quiet

Remarkably her first solo album, this is a record that surprises, despite its author’s truly enormous legacy.

80
The Line of Best Fit

No Home Record is heavy in its use of experimentation, yet it results in a vividly cutting and complex portrait of what it means to live in contemporary LA, and a superb introduction to the solo Kim Gordon.

80
Gigwise

No Home Record is an eclectically unsettling record. Refusing to define itself by one genre, it incorporates a wide variety of musical tropes whilst staying true to the mindset that is punk.

80
Clash

It’s a record that makes incisions into the staid, one that knocks over the steadfast; it’s a bold, thrilling construction, one that pushes her history to one side in order to build anew.

80
The Independent

No Home Record’s lack of cohesion is unlikely to pull you deep into its disjointed soundworld. What does unite the tracks, though, is the restlessly questing, non-conformist spirit of their creator.

80
Crack Magazine

No Home Record sucks all the air out of the room, its victory lying in Gordon’s ability to sound so singular and still feel so unpredictable.

80
AllMusic

With its raw edges and open ends, No Home Record exposes the deepest levels of Gordon's art, and they're more thought-provoking and bracing than ever.

80
The Observer

These punishing, three-dimensional soundscapes connect 70s No Wave with the mischievous end of contemporary digital production: quite a feat.

80
The Young Folks
An odd, dissonant, yet somehow supremely fascinating piece of work.
80
Uncut

Terrific solo debut from the polymathic modernist.

75
Consequence of Sound

Despite having nothing left to prove, she’s gone ahead and topped herself anyway.

75
Spectrum Culture
Gordon throws herself into new genres and styles; in doing so, she proves that her artistic process isn’t irrevocably tied to a single medium or period in time.
75
Under The Radar
A challenging, interesting, and demanding album that cues up a bright, loud future for Gordon's solo career.
70
Rolling Stone

No Home Record finds Gordon stepping out in search of life after Sonic Youth, musically and perhaps lyrically, and the ride can be pretty mesmerizing.

70
Northern Transmissions

It is the sound of a singular artist stepping out on her own, sounding as fresh as she ever has, as defiant as she ever has and as unforgiving as she ever has and all this adds up to an extremely satisfy musical treat for all of us.

70
DIY

Like with the best moments of her career, she is uncompromising in her artistic vision.

70
Spill Magazine

No Home Records is all Gordon, and not particularly polished. It’s a worthy reminder that punk is an attitude, and that power chords and catchy lyrics do not a punk album make.

70
FLOOD Magazine

This record pushes Gordon to the forefront of voices exposing evil and demanding a reconstruction of our society.

70
musicOMH

No Home Record is the sort of record that will satisfy both Sonic Youth fans wanting a shot of nostalgia, and those who wish to see Gordon moving forward.

60
NME

Remarkably her first solo album, this is a record that surprises, despite its author’s truly enormous legacy.

Plats
62
If it didn't say that Kim Gordon made this, I would've skipped on this. But actually listening to it sent a lot of mixed messages. While the production is great and goes into some pretty unexpected territory at times, I'm sorry, Kim's vocals are just awful on this and "No Home Record" is one of the messiest records I've heard this year.

Fav Tracks: Air BnB, Cookie Butter, Murdered Out, Don't Play It, Sketch Artist

Least Fav Track: Earthquake

Score:
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Fine
amygoodall
60
what a cool lady. I'd like to get tea with her
TheBoredCritic
81
The Girl of the Band publishes her first solo studio album after Sonic Youth in which she captures irrational sensations and consumer impulses, while merging genres as disparate as noise or techno. It should not be heard as a regular record, but rather as an improvised and avant-garde conceptual work. An uncomfortable and harrowing allegory of the city in which she resides, Los Angeles, and all that it represents: capitalism, schizophrenia and dehumanization.
Aoaystheory
54
Wow, what an unnerving, hostile, abrasive, but most of all, boring listen.

Yeah, I feel I rated this generously. This record is ALL over the place in the worst possible way. You got some bass-heavy post-industrial tracks, some messy noise rock, some Jenny Hval throwaways, and even a "hip-hop" track, if you want to call it that. I guess I'm just left wondering, what was her aim? What's the point of all this noise? Even at it's best points it sounds like Marie Davidson if she just ... read more
Xristoula
72
For me Kim Gordon as a solo artist can’t do too much.Between Ranaldo and Moore she’s the weakest.But this time she’s done a good job.
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Added on: August 20, 2019