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What A Time To Be Alive

Superchunk

What A Time To Be Alive

Eleventh studio album from the North Carolina indie punk quartet formed in 1989

ADM rating[?]

7.4

Label
Merge Records
UK Release date
16/02/2018
US Release date
16/02/2018
  1. 10.0 |   A.V. Club

    The hooks remain plentiful, but the rage is palpable
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  2. 9.0 |   All Music

    It is desperate, important, and powerful music and it might just be the best album they've ever made
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  3. 9.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Make it a part of your life immediately
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  4. 8.1 |   Earbuddy

    Superchunk definitely fight for the people
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  5. 8.1 |   Pitchfork

    More powerful and focused than any of their recent records, the 11th Superchunk album is finally the one that feels genuinely urgent, both of a particular moment and built to outlast it
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  6. 8.0 |   The 405

    It’s exhilarating but impactful all at once. Angry as they might be, Superchunk aren’t going to allow these times to let them phone anything in
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  7. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    He may be a disgraceful garbage-fire of a president but Trump has accomplished one good thing so far: He's inspired the best Superchunk album in recent memory
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  8. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    Thirty years deep into their career, Superchunk throw yet another left turn into a career full of them, offering up a protest record about the people for the people
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  9. 8.0 |   Punk News

    Longtime fans of the band will surely be pleased, and they may just draw in new fans having captured the zeitgeist of our current moment, at least for half the country
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  10. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Not least of the record's triumphs is its vindication of a band at its peak even after all these years. Print edition only

  11. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    Superchunk offer a timely reminder that punk’s greatest trick has always been to make the isolated feel less alone
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  12. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    Superchunk were the sleeping giants of indie rock. This time the giant has bared its teeth
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  13. 7.0 |   Under The Radar

    All the raucousness of What a Time to Be Alive remains positive and upbeat despite contemplating situations of which so many despair
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  14. 7.0 |   music OMH

    There are plenty of power-punk melodies to ensure What A Time To Be Alive isn’t condemned to an early shelf life, even if to put it amongst their best work would be a stretch too far
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  15. 7.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    What a Time to Be Alive finds them sounding like a new band entirely. Whether it’s a true second coming for the band or a one-off record to vent political frustrations remains to be seen
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  16. 7.0 |   Crack

    A punk record in its truest guise; cleverly destructive and immediate. Nostalgia such as this never sounded so rousingly current
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  17. 7.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

    What a Time to Be Alive exists after impossible resolutions, in the thrall of picking up guitar after laying wood and skeleton and tears in earth
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  18. 6.0 |   Q

    There is an earworming swagger here. Print edition only

  19. 6.0 |   God Is In The TV

    A solid collection of songs that don’t exhaust ideas or outstay their welcome; it’s a refreshingly concise album that bears repeated listens
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  20. 6.0 |   Record Collector

    Just as Reagan Youth inflicted little tangible damage on Ronald, Superchunk are unlikely to topple his farcical modern counterpart. They might make you feel better though, if only momentarily
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  21. 6.0 |   DIY

    A record which wears its heart on its sleeve
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  22. 5.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    There's little to elevate this decidedly average work above the line of anything curious new fans should get excited about
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