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Sketchy.

Tune-Yards

Sketchy.

Fifth album of indie art-pop from Merrill Garbus working with long-time band-member Nate Brenner

ADM rating[?]

7.6

Label
4AD
UK Release date
26/03/2021
US Release date
26/03/2021
  1. 8.0 |   Uncut

    The record itself isn’t angry, fizzing instead with a creative fire. There’s a looseness and joy to songs like “Make It Right” and “Homewrecker”, rooted in the extended jam sessions in which Garbus and bassist Nate Brenner birthed the record, the bold lyrics an extension of that passion. Print edition only

  2. 8.0 |   Mojo

    By opening up melodically as well as rhythmically, Garbus and Brenner better reveal the big heart at the centre of Tune-Yards. Print edition only

  3. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    Tune-Yards return with bombast, and the permission to take a breather if it all gets too much
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  4. 8.0 |   NME

    Merrill Garbus and Nate Brenner face up some difficult questions – from the environment to white complacency – on their ideas-stuffed fifth record
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  5. 8.0 |   DIY

    Frenetic and fizzy
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  6. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    Fully drawn and highly inventive
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  7. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    Themes of climate disaster, gender dysphoria and fighting privilege bubble up through a discomfiting but enjoyable sonic deluge
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  8. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    The meaning is sometimes opaque but there’s always a thought-provoking edge
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  9. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Tune-Yards develop a bold rallying cry filled with familiar offbeat movements on Sketchy
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  10. 8.0 |   All Music

    tUnE-yArDs haven't sounded this infectious since Nikki Nack, and Sketchy. captures the inflection point where frustration becomes positive action in funky, happy, angry, and inspiring ways
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  11. 8.0 |   The FT

    The Californian duo acknowledge debt to other musical cultures on their latest album
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  12. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    NEW See review
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  13. 7.5 |   Northern Transmissions

    The music is deep rooted in production and is not easily digestible but long time fans will surely find something to enjoy. Others, might just favour the silence on track six
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  14. 7.5 |   Paste Magazine

    The art-pop group are back after nearly deciding to disband
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  15. 7.1 |   Beats Per Minute

    sketchy. may not be their out-and-out best work, but it’s proof that they still have the guts and the songwriting ability — as well as their ever-present, obvious earnestness and candor — to do what endeared their work to so many in the first place
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  16. 7.0 |   XS Noize

    If you have never heard Tune-Yards, then “Sketchy” is a perfect place to start. The duo from Oakland, California, have created a fun and interesting mix of alternative indie-pop songs. If you are already a fan of Tune-Yards left-field music, you are in for a real treat
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  17. 7.0 |   Gigwise

    Hitting their stride rather than finding new extremes
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  18. 7.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    It’s easy to overlook how effortlessly Tune-Yards make songs about self-doubt sound so curiously stirring
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  19. 7.0 |   Exclaim

    Amongst the crowd of artists desperately clamouring for cultural relevance, sketchy. manages to say something genuinely meaningful
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  20. 7.0 |   musicOMH

    There are more than enough moments on Sketchy to show that Garbus and Bremmer can strike musical gold when they want to
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