Expert In A Dying Field

The Beths - Expert In A Dying Field
Critic Score
Based on 20 reviews
2022 Ratings: #157 / 618
User Score
Based on 289 ratings
2022 Ratings: #91
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Slant Magazine
The band’s third album is an exhilarating power-pop tour de force, replete with bristling guitar riffs and infectious harmonies.
90
God Is in the TV

Expert In A Dying Field looks like it could be their well-deserved breakout and win them a whole new audience. It might be an ambitious claim, but as Stokes sings, “when you know, you know..”

90
Gigwise
This is a collection of songs that sounds simply timeless, and The Beths fully deserve every accolade they will no doubt receive with this album.
84
Spectrum Culture
To listen to the Beths’ latest album is to feel hopeful about the state of modern rock ‘n’ roll.
80
musicOMH
The New Zealanders’ third album takes their scuzzy, melodic guitar rock sound and adds extra muscle.
80
Sputnikmusic

The strength of the opening trio of tracks on Expert In A Dying Field is a potent reminder of their best attributes.

80
The Telegraph

The 12 tracks that make up Expert in a Dying Field are lean and propulsive, with hooks that get under the skin.

80
Pitchfork
The third album from the New Zealand quartet blends openhearted lyrics about post-breakup regret with a sugar-rush immediacy and a craftsman-like attention to detail.
80
AllMusic
The album also delivers on vulnerable, rock-solid songs, a juxtaposition the Beths continue to master.
80
Mojo
The vigorous, often zippy arrangements finessed at guitarist Jonathan Pearce's Auckland home studio offer chipper contrast to the subject matter, Stokes a thoughtful, knowing presence.
80
The Sydney Morning Herald
There’s a pop-punk sensibility that has characterised much of the group’s work and that’s here, too – though the songs on this album are largely serious in subject matter, the brightness of the Beths’ addictive hooks make sure it never drags.
80
The Line of Best Fit

With Expert in a Dying Field The Beths have created a bundle of sheer sonic joy that confronts, but doesn’t succumb to, all those neuroses most of us know too well.

80
Exclaim!
Dying field or not, the Beths' third LP is a reaffirmation that the band are ready and willing to go down with the ship.
80
NME
On their third album, the four-piece prove themselves to be as vital as ever, zipping between punk-rock connectivity and Midwest emo with ease.
80
Uncut

The mood of Expert In A Dying Field is yearning and reflective, as Stokes picks over the bones of relationships on mournful janglers like “Your Side”, punky rocker “Silence Is Golden”, the shimmering “Best Left” and terrific closer “2am”.

79
Paste
The New Zealand four-piece remain among the most dependable voices in indie rock on sharp 3rd LP.
75
Under The Radar

The record is strongest when the band’s bright and spontaneous indie rock acts as a foil to Stokes’ anxiety-filled lyrics. This fusion processes the tangled emotions of lost love and helps make it bearable—something few records can do.

70
Loud and Quiet
An extension on all that they have done previously, it reiterates that the band are more promising, and worthwhile, than they at times seem to believe themselves.
60
The Skinny
Celebrated New Zealand crew return with a solid collection of bittersweet power-pop gems for anyone with half a heart.
60
Record Collector

Expert In A Dying Field is their third full-length and showcases strange dichotomies perfectly.

cosmonauts
90

power-pop excellence

SnowyFighter
75

I listened to 2am at 2am look at me being a true fan >:)

This was a fun listen! I enjoyed the overall sound and direction. Indie Rock/Pop is one of my favorite genres, and even though I absolutely love it, sometimes yeah it can be a bit meat and potatoish. Here I don’t have that problem though. There a handful of bangers and the sound is consistent the whole way through. The production, singing and performances are all solid. The songs are pretty catchy too. I really love the energy ... read more

daltdisney
85

The champions of modern power pop return with another phenomenal project, this time with a bit more maturity behind them both lyrically and instrumentally.

Goomix246
90

Ok, I don't even know where to start this review bcs it's not my usual thing, I just rate albums and that's it, no commentary on WHY I gave it that rating. But I want my take on this album to be heard. The Beths have such a beautiful and bittersweet way of portraying heartbreak, loneliness or even longing, longing for the past, the fear of changing, the fear of what that change might bring. Mainly the thing that made me talk about this was the last song on the album, "2am". It's just, ... read more

ARTPOP
77

75+2=77💚

Nada de novo ou de espetacular sobre o sol,na verdade esse disco fica até meio monótono pela metade,mas é um bom álbum de Indie Rock e tem os seus destaques.

Felix_96
60

6/10

solid

Fav tracks: Expert In A Dying Field, Silence Is Golden, When You Know You Know

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Added on: June 13, 2022