Screaming Females - Ugly
Critic Score
Based on 11 reviews
2012 Ratings: #63 / 944
User Score
Based on 23 ratings
April 3, 2012 / Release Date
LP / Format
Don Giovanni / Label
Steve Albini / Producer
Punk Rock / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

91
A.V. Club

Not only does Ugly set a new standard for the band, it’s also a grubby, triumphant call to action. 

90
No Ripcord

What Ugly lacks in innovation is more than made up for in unique vocals and excellent music 

80
Consequence of Sound

Indie rock albums with this uniquely developed a voice don’t come around often, especially not when it’s this much fun.

80
Beats Per Minute

Ugly is so rich, so dense, so full that you forget there’s just three of them.

80
Pitchfork

Ugly puts a newfound emphasis on songcraft and sustained momentum. 

79
Paste

The release finds the New Jersey trio ... exploring not only space-filling arrangements that are impressive for the lean band, but also hard-hitting and catchy tracks.

70
PopMatters

There’s a real sense of purpose to the way Screaming Females realize their ambition and potential on Ugly.

MasterCrackfox
69
A decent indie rock affair from a fairly strong group, this just wasn't as groundbreaking as many other albums within the genre were capable of producing.

Favorite track: Rotten Apple
90
Without knowing it, I've been waiting for more than a few years for this album to come along. Since the end of Sleater-Kinney, there's been a void for me in new music of bands that really rock in a satisfying way. Not that this album sounds anything like S-K, but it does hit all of the pleasure areas that I like in a rock record. It will grow on you if you give it a chance and soon you'll be amazed at how it drills its way into your mind.
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#19/Spinner
#21/Stereogum

Track List

  1. It All Means Nothing
  2. Rotten Apple 
  3. Extinction 
  4. Red Hand 
  5. 5 High 
  6. Expire 
  7. Crow’s Nest 
  8. Tell Me No 
  9. Leave It All Up to Me 
  10. Doom 84 
  11. Help Me 
  12. Something Ugly 
  13. Slow Birth 
  14. It’s Nice
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Added on: January 17, 2012