Gloss Drop

Battles - Gloss Drop
Critic Score
Based on 33 reviews
2011 Ratings: #128 / 977
User Score
Based on 219 ratings
2011 Ratings: #57
Liked by 6 people
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
The Needle Drop
If this was a test, Battles passed with flying pink colors. The instrumentation, musicianship, and grooves throughout this album are intense as hell. And guest vocalists like Matias Aguayo and Yamantaka Eye freaking kill it!
82
Beats Per Minute

Collaborations with disparate vocalists have realized untapped potential, and allowed the music to assume a refreshing variety of unheralded forms.

80
PopMatters

Gloss Drop is the sound of a band forging its own identity and delivering on the promise initially unveiled on their previous album.

74
Pitchfork

Inevitably the starker differences between the two will leap right out on first listen, but if you're worried about a complete makeover, Gloss Drop still does sound an awful lot like Battles.

70
musicOMH

Ultimately, there's been no big step forward in Battles music.

70
Consequence of Sound

It lacks a lot of the pure, frenetic energy with which its predecessor pushed and pummeled.

60
Drowned in Sound

For all of its playful adventurousness, this latest offering has a fuzzy haired, silhouette-shaped gap that four guest vocalist slots are only partially able to fill.

WhatTheFunk
68
Arithmetic emotions

In life, not many people like mathematics. Don't hide from it, too many school traumas have been there, everyone tries to run away from them as soon as possible. And then comes the name of this strange genre, math rock, a little scary. For immerse yourself in Battles' music you have to understand math. We can see clearly. We can even see the pleasure that this science can bring. Explanation.

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Plats
91
"Gloss Drop" is yet another win for Battles. Even with the shortened lineupm the fun experimentation is still all there and, combined with some damn solid vocal guests, makes this yet another infectiously-written treat that's even more immediate than its predecessor.

Fav Tracks: Ice Cream, Futura, Wall Street, Inchworm, Rolls Bayce, My Machines, Africastle, Sundome

Least Fav Track: Toddler

Score:
9.1
Outstanding
laz456
85
Ohmannnn I enjoy this so much. I'm slightly surprised I don't see more love for it on this site. This is a spectacular rock record full of insanley fun grooves and riffs for days. Check it out if you haven't heard it before.
KIDWITHGUNs
83
Solid

[SJO Counter: 14]

Often Math Rock is a genre that never works, and feels repetitive. Today is not that day guys.
bajafrecuencia
90
Energetic and inmerse in its own madness. A roller coaster of brilliant performances. Loving it with my whole soul.

Decent 9
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Track List

  1. Africastle 
  2. Ice Cream [ft. Matias Aguayo] 
  3. Futura 
  4. Inchworm 
  5. Wall Street 
  6. My Machines [ft. Gary Numan] 
  7. Dominican Fade 
  8. Sweetie & Shag [ft. Kazu Makino] 
  9. Toddler 
  10. Rolls Bayce 
  11. White Electric 
  12. Sundome [ft. Yamantaka Eye]
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