AOTY 2018

Success

KEN mode - Success
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
2015 Ratings: #517 / 770
User Score
Based on 21 ratings
June 16, 2015 / Release Date
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Season of Mist / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
musicOMH
These nuggets of pop inflection are strewn around the album, often obscured by ranted vocals, the scree of furious guitars, or the deep rattle of the bass but they are there.
80
PopMatters
Subtlety? They don’t want any. This is the music to drown out all other stimuli, and have a hell of a time while doing it.
80
The Needle Drop

KEN mode releases their most savage record yet with Success!

70
AllMusic
On their sixth album, Winnipeg-based noise rock group KEN mode open up and calm down a bit, stepping away from the deafening aural assault of their previous albums for something more subtle and introspective.
60
Drowned in Sound

Although Success is a very solid album, from a band that have already proved themselves consistently capable of churning out suitably bad-tempered and obtrusively loud material, it’s hard to feel it’s anything we haven’t heard before, which makes it far more underwhelming than its generally high quality content suggests it should be.

59
Pitchfork

On Success, KEN mode’s altered musical approach is the only thing more tiring than Matthewson’s broadsides. They’re ensnared by a decade of talking shit they’re no longer equipped to handle.

50
Consequence of Sound

On Success, Matthewson’s words aren’t as sharp and focused as the best noise rock aggressors, and the thinner instrumentals and production reveal that too clearly.

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END OF YEAR LISTS

#38/The Needle Drop
#46/Treble

Track List

  1. Blessed
  2. These Tight Jeans
  3. The Owl...
  4. I Just Liked Fire
  5. Management Control
  6. A Passive Disaster
  7. Failing at Fun Since 1981
  8. A Catalog of Small Disappointments
  9. Dead Actors
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Added on: March 30, 2015