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All Nerve

The Breeders

All Nerve

Fifth full-length album from American alternative rock band formed in 1989 by Kim Deal of Pixies

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  1. 10.0 |   The Arts Desk

    The voice, sound and structures remain utterly distinctive and gloriously alien, a world away from the imitators
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  2. 10.0 |   Record Collector

    In 2013, Kim Deal quit The Pixies; reluctant to record new material. It was a wise decision. They took their sweet time, but that Breeders line-up is back, and has just nonchalantly knocked it out of the park
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  3. 9.0 |   music OMH

    The Breeders are sounding just as vital now (and cool, whatever that might mean) as they did when Last Splash made a splash
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  4. 9.0 |   PopMatters

    The Breeders return with the Last Splash lineup and a new set of songs that confirms, again, the band's importance in rock history
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  5. 9.0 |   God Is In The TV

    It’s a reminder of why The Breeders are so highly rated, and holds its own against their previous albums and EPs
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  6. 9.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    As its title suggests All Nerve is never a passive listen, it shifts you, touches a nerve, and leaves a timely mark. Ah, The Breeders, an irreverent comfort; a band for the ages
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  7. 8.7 |   Paste Magazine

    A quarter century later, The Breeders still do better than anyone
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  8. 8.3 |   A.V. Club

    On the whole, All Nerve is a strong, clear-eyed return for Dayton, Ohio’s ’90s alt-rock icons. Let’s hope this lineup sticks it out and gives itself the time it deserved two decades ago
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  9. 8.0 |   Clash

    Not everything on ‘All Nerve’ works. But then, perfection was never the aim for Breeders; instead, they’ve provided something vital, visceral, completely modern
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  10. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    All Nerve shrugs off any burden of a ‘come-back’ and becomes a truly rare thing: a wild, visionary, timeless rock album
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  11. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    On the fifth Breeders album, the songs are all cinematic movement – hiding, escaping, screaming in the meadow, running for the exit
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  12. 8.0 |   Q

    It’s the sound of a band who haven’t lost the vitality of youth. Print edition only

  13. 8.0 |   Mojo

    It flickers between light and shade. Print edition only

  14. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    This records sounds like a quiet defeat; really, it’s a triumphant cacophony
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  15. 8.0 |   The Music

    The Breeders have the nerve and the creative impulse to again inject some life and imagination into rock music
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  16. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    Reunited rockers get dark and deep
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  17. 8.0 |   The Independent

    While The Breeders may not be reclaiming their youth on their latest effort, they’re not trying to: they approach All Nerve with the sensibility of a band that embraces how they’ve grown since their early punk days
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  18. 8.0 |   All Music

    All Nerve lives up to its name: the Breeders' one-of-a-kind toughness and vulnerability are the heart of their music, and that it's still beating strong is cause for celebration
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  19. 7.5 |   Consequence Of Sound

    The band’s Last Splash lineup can still touch nerves 25 years later
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  20. 7.1 |   Pitchfork

    The Breeders’ new album features their iconic Last Splash lineup. It is smoothly confident with many moments of bliss, even as the lyrics evoke isolation, frustration, and scuzz
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  21. 7.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

    All Nerve is a fresh reminder that Kim Deal is still a fount of inspiration
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  22. 7.0 |   Under The Radar

    The plaid shirted among us will certainly find much to enjoy here—more adventurous listeners are in for a treat too
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  23. 7.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    In essence, The Breeders are pleasing themselves first, and fans second, and to witness such spontaneity still in practice – 28 years on from their debut – makes ‘All Nerve’ worth the wait
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  24. 7.0 |   Exclaim

    While the results don't match the highest highs of that '90s classic, they certainly live up the band's legacy of consistency in terms of quality, if not quantity
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  25. 7.0 |   Punk News

    An enjoyable visit from a band whose familiar imprint is sealed across the pantheon of independent, underground rock
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  26. 7.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    The Breeders are back, same as they were, but shoving their way into new territory
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  27. 7.0 |   No Ripcord

    All Nerve is not in the same league as Last Splash, but it is an exhibition of a band with alarmingly strong musical chemistry making relevant music - and enjoying doing so - a quarter of a century on from their most notable landmark
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  28. 6.7 |   Earbuddy

    Does the reunion work? Definitely if you’re a longtime fan of the band or ‘90s alt rock in general
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  29. 6.0 |   DIY

    There are moments where the magic of this iconic incarnation of the band feels recaptured
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  30. 6.0 |   The FT

    Their first album in 10 years has the authentic mark of a band that ranks as one of US alt-rock’s greatest under-achievers
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  31. 6.0 |   The Quietus

    Moments of genuine brilliance make the rest of this anticlimactic album even more bitterly disappointing
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