Superchunk - I Hate Music
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Based on 18 reviews
2013 Ratings: #90 / 953
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Based on 23 ratings
August 20, 2013 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

91
A.V. Club

I Hate Music follows Majesty Shredding in more ways than one. Not only is it Superchunk’s first full-length in three years, it maintains the same inspired momentum—even when it sputters out here and there, it does so gracefully.

90
Drowned in Sound

Superchunk have made a record that ties experience to the present, instinct to wisdom, youthful vigor to aged knowledge, everything in the world to a passion for music.

90
musicOMH

I Hate Music’s sombre subject matter, namely reflection on lost loved ones, gives their music a newfound depth and complexity.

90
PopMatters

This album is undeniable proof that creating something with resounding beauty is the ultimate defiance of death.

80
Spin

Now, less shy about their place in the world and shot through with adult resignation, the band's anthems play as a sort of mortality blues. But with I Hate Music, Superchunk prove that we were weren't wrong to believe.

80
AllMusic

Both Majesty Shredding and I Hate Music show how a band can grow up gracefully without sacrificing the energy and feeling that youth brings, while also adding some wisdom and emotional heft at the same time.

79
Paste

Even with things sounding a little shinier, and the members a little more sage, Superchunk has not lost a step.

78
Pitchfork

Once you learn where the songs are coming from, the sad lyrics are sadder, the happy lyrics more wistful.

75
The 405

Its verve and passion and inescapable connection with the world of music suggest that Superchunk's second innings has much more to come.

70
DIY

Superchunk are prize fighters who've been beat up, thrown out, and are anything but down. A pull-no-punches pugilist of a record.

70
Consequence of Sound

It doesn’t necessarily add a whole lot to the formula, which is maybe asking a lot of a band that’s been around for 23 years. By the same token, there are a lot of subtle wrinkles that should help it make its own mark in their catalog.

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END OF YEAR LISTS

#7/MAGNET
#22/Stereogum
#45/Spin
#50/Obscure Sound
#66/PopMatters

MISC LISTS

#283/SPIN (1985-2014)

Track List

  1. Overflows
  2. Me & You & Jackie Mittoo
  3. Void
  4. Staying Home
  5. Low F
  6. Trees of Barcelona
  7. Breaking Down
  8. Out of the Sun
  9. Your Theme
  10. FOH
  11. What Can We Do
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Added on: May 13, 2013