Parquet Courts - Light Up Gold
Critic Score
Based on 22 reviews
2012 Ratings: #20 / 956
User Score
Based on 216 ratings
2012 Ratings: #45
August 18, 2012 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
The Fly

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

90
NME

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

90
DIY

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

82
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.

80
Pitchfork

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

80
Consequence of Sound

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

80
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.

80
musicOMH

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.

75
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.

70
PopMatters

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.

MusicSucks
85
I'VE MASTERED MINECRAFT
BillKeys
84
SOCRATES DIED IN THE FUCKING GUTTER
Brendo
70
It definitely grew on me quite a bit, but there is still something that stops me from liking it more, but I can't quite put my finger on exactly what that is.
VividAids
88
this is fantastic. post punk is my life force
MinatoArisato
80
Improves on American Specialties in every way possible. A great catchy and energized punk record that feels classic.

Best Track: N Dakota
Worst Track: Yonder Is Closer To The Heart
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MISC LISTS

#33/Pitchfork Readers

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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