Parquet Courts - Light Up Gold
Critic Score
Based on 22 reviews
2012 Ratings: #20 / 944
User Score
Based on 168 ratings
2012 Ratings: #24
August 18, 2012 / Release Date
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The Fly

An album of urgent art-punk verve and rattling brevity, its 15 songs pass in 33 raucous and immediately re-listenable minutes.


The entire record is as premeditated and grounded in US alt.rock history as you can get.


It's punk unbounded, both structurally and emotionally. When you hear this record, and no doubt when you see this band, everything lets loose.

Beats Per Minute

Just as likely to crank out indie rock shorthand as they are to actually dig down deep into the genre, Parquet Courts nonetheless take every opportunity afforded them to rattle your eardrums and cause the inevitable bout of whiplash.


Light Up Gold finds Parquet Courts looking to breakout through any available means: intense reflection, resin hits, or rock'n'roll.

Consequence of Sound

Light Up Gold may sound like a string of slacker anthems, but it’s so much deeper than that. 

No Ripcord

Light Up Gold comes off as the quintessential basement punk album, with each track sounding as if they were effortlessly performed and recorded one right after the other in a single take.


It’s a record that you are certain you have heard before when you listen to it for the first time. Yet rather than this being a negative, it is instead a sure fire sign of a great album.

The 405

While everything may not stick on first listen because of the fast-paced approach, there's more than enough to entice the listener back for more.


For all the band’s stoned ramblings and staunch commitment to indifference, Light Up Gold is a profoundly political album, even if Parquet Courts didn’t intend it to be so.

Parquet Courts
Light Up Gold
It keeps growing on me
This band stole my heart ehehehe
Yupp it keeps growing on me and I've already listened to it like 838472884 times... It has a lot of energy and it makes me want to jump, scream and dance ahahah
A definite grower, I originally thought this album was kind of bland but kept returning to it, and at this point it's (imo) one of the best albums of 2012/2013. Great fusion or Art Rock, Cowpunk, and Clever lyrics seals the deal for me on this one. Great album.
Fav Tracks: Master Of My Craft, Borrowed Time, Yr No Stoner, Light Up Gold 1&2
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Track List

  1. Master of My Craft
  2. Borrowed Time
  3. Donuts Only
  4. Yr No Stoner
  5. Yonder is Closer to the Heart
  6. Careers in Combat
  7. Light Up Gold I
  8. Light Up Gold II
  9. N Dakota
  10. Stoned and Starving
  11. No Ideas
  12. Caster of Worthless Spells
  13. Disney P.T.
  14. Tears O Plenty
  15. Picture of Health
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Added on: December 5, 2012