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By the Time I Get to Phoenix

Injury Reserve

By the Time I Get to Phoenix

Second full-length album from the Arizona-based alternative rap trio

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  1. 10.0 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    What these artists have pulled together in their last outing as a trio is something more than the sum of its parts, a paradoxical masterpiece that lies somewhere in the space between, blindingly bright and painfully incomprehensible
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  2. 9.0 |   Clash

    Injury Reserve’s new album is a truly dystopian impression of despair, smashing together polar opposite genres to create something wholly new. Is it post-rap? Who knows
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  3. 9.0 |   Exclaim

    While By the Time I Get to Phoenix has many moments that can be quite jarring, especially upon first listen, the direction Injury Reserve chose to take with this record is not only commendable, but incredibly impressive
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  4. 8.0 |   Beats Per Minute

    Injury Reserve could very well call it quits today, and everyone would be devastated. But there’d also be an understanding that, because they’ve released what is arguably their definitive record, they wouldn’t have any obligation to release anything else
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  5. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Injury Reserve tote social commentary and brooding introspection on By the Time I Get To Phoenix
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  6. 7.7 |   Pitchfork

    On their first album since member Stepa J. Groggs’ death, the Phoenix rap trio reintroduces themselves as wide-eyed explorers, a rep that suits their fascination with rap’s mechanics, its margins, and its future
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  7. 7.0 |   The Quietus

    We’re a long way from the diamond-sharp bangers which made their name. But it’s also incredibly rare to remain invested in a band whose style has changed so drastically. Injury Reserve have shape-shifted, and been through more than many young acts can imagine, but remain captivating to this day
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  8. 6.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    We know this wasn’t the album Injury Reserve set out to make, but as difficult second albums go, we should just celebrate the fact it’s here at all
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  9. 5.5 |   Under The Radar

    The album ends up feeling more like a patchwork of ideas than anything, resembling a puzzle with all of its pieces scattered. In a way, it’s the album’s greatest strength and its biggest downfall
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