By the Fire

Thurston Moore - By the Fire
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
2020 Ratings: #296 / 692
User Score
Based on 35 ratings
2020 Ratings: #485
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September 25, 2020 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Record Collector

What Spirit Counsel and now By The Fire demonstrate is that, within Moore’s modus operandi and musical idiolect, there is still space for dynamic progression.

90
AllMusic

By the Fire isn't a drastic shift, but as Moore goes deeper into the sounds he's been exploring for decades, he uncovers new magic.

80
Mojo
Drawing in the loose strands of his career delivers Moore's finest post-Youth statement.
80
Classic Rock

Invoking Baudelaire, Dante, Rimbaud, By The Fire is a massive antidote to our age.

80
The Line of Best Fit
The result isn’t just Moore’s finest solo album: this is some of the most remarkable music he’s ever been involved in.
80
NME
Here Moore elegantly channels his sense of poise and calm in a word going to shit, easily proving why he remains a hero in the world of alt rock.
80
musicOMH
This is the first album in his solo discography that feels truly unique, original and distinct from the work he’s done before.
78
Pitchfork

Refining the sound of last year’s sprawling Spirit Counsel into more focused riffs and songs, By the Fire suggests a renewed dialogue between Moore’s experimental instincts and his desire to rock.

70
Loud and Quiet

By the Fire is an imposing record – three tracks alone take up some forty minutes – but there are endless rewards in its divine discord.

55
Spectrum Culture
All things considered, the record is about half self-indulgent noise. When Moore actually does sing, or even plays something remotely interesting, he’s just pantomiming his work in Sonic Youth.
50
Exclaim!

To see the 62-year-old crafting something as forced and tedious as By the Fire isn't just disappointing, it's practically insulting.

Doofy
76
More good stuff from Thurston - if you don't like guitar solos you need not apply though.
Z.Younk
70
Not likely to rank among my favorite Thurston Moore records ever, but far from his weakest effort. Pretty solid material and sound harkoning back to late 80's Youth, but not too much, he also keeps it pretty fresh and current.
NTTR
77
Thurston Moore - By The Fire

Genre: Noise Rock
Country: US

Final Verdict: 77% (Very Good Album)
Yearly Ranking: 44th / 954

Highlight: Locomotives

Made me think of:
Sonic Youth
Deerhoof
The Flaming Lips
Muse
Smashing Pumpkins
Radiohead
NR
yeah this dude's clearly ripping off sonic youth
th_initiator
59
▲ = Hashish, Canteloupe, They Believe in Love
▬ = Breathe, Siren, Dreamers Work, Venus
▼ = Caligraphy, Locomotives
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Track List

  1. Hashish
  2. Cantaloupe
  3. Breath
  4. Siren
  5. Calligraphy
  6. Locomotives
  7. Dreamers Work
  8. They Believe In Love (When They Look At You)
  9. Venus
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Added on: June 21, 2020