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Sonic Citadel

Lightning Bolt

Sonic Citadel

Seventh album from the Rhode Island noise rock duo

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  1. 9.0 |   Punk News

    This is blissfully pulverizing music
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  2. 9.0 |   The Quietus

    Their consistency is almost unparalleled. Sonic Citadel can easily stand alongside their best work – it might even be their best work
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  3. 8.0 |   All Music

    A multi-faceted and especially curious collection of Lightning Bolt material, Sonic Citadel shows the band still growing and developing nearly a quarter century in
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  4. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    The Dynamic Duo stake their claim with a frantic beat, fuzzed-out bass guitar and the half-heard vocals which they have made their own over a career of 20-plus years
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  5. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    All said, if this sounds like your shit, welcome aboard, because Sonic Citadel is as good an entry point to their discography as any
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  6. 8.0 |   The 405

    Successfully marries their usual glacial agit-noise with pop structures which highlight the delicacy at the heart of their work
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  7. 8.0 |   Clash

    ‘Sonic Citadel’ towers over its surroundings as one of the best albums of Lightning Bolt’s career to date
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  8. 7.8 |   Pitchfork

    The noise duo’s seventh album is the most life-affirming and accessible music they’ve ever made
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  9. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    Both punishingly noisy and, at times, surprisingly tuneful. People who are on Lightning Bolt's exceedingly loud, improvisational vibe will find plenty to like here
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  10. 6.0 |   Mojo

    They remain ridiculous, but thunderingly good fun. Print edition only

  11. 6.0 |   A.V. Club

    If you think Lighting Bolt have softened you're very much mistaken. Print edition only

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