in·ter a·li·a

At The Drive-In - in·ter a·li·a
Critic Score
Based on 26 reviews
2017 Ratings: #687 / 898
User Score
Based on 110 ratings
2017 Ratings: #522
Liked by 3 people
May 5, 2017 / Release Date
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Post-Hardcore / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
The Line of Best Fit

In.ter a.li.a is better than we dreamed it could be. Prepare to fall in love all over again.

89
GIGsoup

ATDI pick up where they left off wth the 2001 release, “Relationship Of Command,” by channeling similar experiences of both political and social injustices happening then and now, among other things via “in-ter-a-li-a”.

80
Loud and Quiet

For a band who spawned a whole slew of copycats, it’s a relief to discover that still no-one does it better.

80
The Guardian

In places the production lacks the spark that Ross Robinson brought to Relationship of Command, but nonetheless, Inter Alia is a blistering return to form.

80
Alternative Press

in•ter a•li•a isn’t about capturing a zeitgeist as much as it is about jumpstarting some urgency in a rock scene that desperately needs more wild abandon and psychic plasma.

80
NME

Forget any suggestion that their hearts aren’t in this; ‘in•ter a•li•a’ is the opposite of being phoned in.

77
Paste

in•ter a•li•a ... has very few disappointments — it’s as blistering and anguished as followers have grown to expect from the troupe.

75
Consequence of Sound

With in•ter a•li•a, they not only prove that they can still be one of the most interesting and complex bands in the land, but that they don’t have to tear themselves apart to do it, either.

70
Drowned in Sound

Here the guitar lines are supporting players, occasionally passive and a touch watered-down as pinch harmonics and serrated stings emerge as an impression of At the Drive-In rather than the real thing.

70
Rolling Stone

Inter Alia picks up the anarchic sprawl of Relationship and amplifies it into a stadium-size version of the band's old glory.

70
No Ripcord

In•ter a•li•a is almost an exhibition of ATDI striving to keep the same approach that made the El Paso band so invigorating at the turn of the millennium. It’s not a bad thing at all – in•ter a•li•a is a blistering return for the band; a record of thrilling paranoia, agitated by brutal, scissoring guitar riffs and slashing vocals.

65
The 405

Once you get past the mediocre vocals and the fact that all the songs sound the same, you’ll find that in•ter a•li•a is actually a pretty decent album.

60
AllMusic

in•ter a•li•a is solid enough and more refined than its predecessor, but will nevertheless disappoint those attacking it through the lens of Relationship.

60
Exclaim!

It's curious that the band, who's rep was built on their ability to push the boundaries of the post-hardcore world in which they toiled, would opt for a regression; In•ter A•li•a sounds like a collection of songs culled from the same sessions that spawned their magnum opus.

58
Pitchfork

On their first album in 17 years, the post-hardcore band comes exploding back with dutiful performances and familiarly obtuse lyrics, but the overall impact of their style has waned.

50
Clash

On ‘Inter Alia’, most of the tracks’ narratives are undecipherable and consistently scatterbrained.

50
Sputnikmusic

in•ter a•li•a is chock full of anthems that lack the emotional weight of actual anthems, and the only cogent message is the fanfare of homecoming.

50
Crack Magazine

As much as in•ter a•li•a has all the superficial qualities of an At the Drive-In album, the nervousness and tension that truly defined them has dissipated, perhaps never to return.

40
The Skinny

While it's not all completely unlistenable, in•ter a•li•a is for the most part constantly rushing towards its climax without catching a breath.

25
A.V. Club

On Inter Alia, you can hear what it sounds like when all that fury finally comes to a dead stop in the deep abyss of space. That’s not what you want from a reunion, but it is a reminder of the band’s former glory, if only by its total absence.

FritoRio
85
I mean it’s kinda weird that they released music after so long, but this album still smacks a lot
Schmedess
48
I mean this rocks pretty hard but it's just so safe and boring. They sound like a cover band of themselves here. First two tracks are pretty catchy but overall there's nothing as badass as anything they did on their seminal records.
Aoaystheory
78
No, it's not anything great, but I'm just grateful they even put out another record. Looking at the current state of post-hardcore, this will still end up being one of 2017's best from the genre.
tdbts
90
Let's admit it, this is not as great as ROC, but even then, I can barely consider this album their best. But ATDI at the arguable worst is certainly better than many others that came before and after them.

Many of the songs are solid, but everything seems rather a bit too overproduced and is nowhere near as intense as their earlier material.

It's still pretty damn good, though.

EDIT: Relistening to this thing made me realize that this thing is rather underrated. Sure, it has its flaws, but ... read more
CLJesse
57
Disappointingly safe
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Track List

  1. No Wolf Like the Present
  2. Continuum
  3. Tilting at the Univendor
  4. Governed by Contagions
  5. Pendulum in a Peasant Dress
  6. Incurably Innocent
  7. Call Broken Arrow
  8. Holtzclaw
  9. Torrentially Cutshaw
  10. Ghost-Tape No. 9
  11. Hostage Stamps
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Added on: February 22, 2017