Duster - Duster
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
2019 Ratings: #138 / 767
User Score
Based on 305 ratings
2019 Ratings: #156
Liked by 8 people
December 13, 2019 / Release Date
LP / Format
Muddguts / Label
Slowcore / Genres
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These tracks show that Duster didn't get back together just to take a nostalgia trip; they wanted to make new, quietly exciting music that pushes the outer limits of the group's sound in order to reach new destinations.

With the band's integrity, commitment to their craft and immunity to the passing of time, they're sure to make their patient fans happy with Duster.

American Songwriter

Duster is the band’s most sonically ambitious record to date and they have learned more than a few tricks in their time apart.

No Ripcord

What's notable about Duster's abrupt tonal shifts is how the trio allows themselves to take chances. As it often happens with cult acts, there's a tendency to remember a specific aesthetic with rose-tinted glasses.

The Independent

Their self-titled third album follows a two-decade hiatus, and suggests a maturation into more structured songwriting.


The slowcore icons’ new album bears all the hallmarks of their classic records: plodding drums, skeletal basslines, and guitar work that sparkles in the darkness like dew on a cobweb.

I woke up this past Friday feeling an immense sadness, but it didn't pertain to me either. I figured whatever it was, it had to be in the news. I'm always hesitant to look though. Despite the news of America's impeachment process, mass shootings, detainment camps, financial inequality hitting an all time high and our climate crisis hitting an all time low, among many other things, many might still be able to "manage" in light of this. However, the definitive blow has to come from the ... read more
Great music to disassociate on my bed to at 2am, while my country further rips itself in two, irreparably so.
Copernicus Crater - 8.2/10
I'm Lost - 7.7/10
Chocolate and Mint - 7.3/10
Summer War - 7.5/10
Lomo - 7.6/10
Damaged -
Letting Go - 7.8/10
Go Back - 5.0/10
Hoya Paranoia - 7.0/10
Ghoulish - 6.0/10
Ghost World - 7.0/10
The Thirteen - 7.6/10

Nota: 71 + 8 = 79πŸ’š
Duster has always had a sound that finds its charm in slow repetitions of sounds that almost become hypnotic and find a way to not make it as boring as it sounds. On this self-titled return, it is nice to see that the band has not lost their sound even though they may have unfortunately lost their edge at making these atmospheric tracks feel fresh and exciting.

Best Track: Chocolate And Mint
Worst Track: Go Back
In almost 19 years, Duster's first album beautifully recreates the hopelessness as well as an embracing and depressing emptiness that consumes you slowly until the end of your life.

For some people, this record might not be necessarily a memorable listen or a standout piece for the music scene and this feeling is widely accepted since this album was solely created with the purpose of being lifeless. At this point in time, It comes to mind that the uncertain and barely audible vocals almost ... read more
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Added on: October 13, 2019