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There's a Riot Going On

Yo La Tengo

There's a Riot Going On

Fifteenth full-length from the Hoboken, New Jersey indie rock stalwarts

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  1. 9.0 |   Exclaim

    An exceptional addition to Yo La Tengo's legacy, a timeless classic
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  2. 8.3 |   A.V. Club

    Songs don’t end so much as dissolve, lingering just a hair longer than expected, which gives the whole thing a slightly haunted feel. Still, it hangs together organically, united by its sustained, melancholically dreamy mood
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  3. 8.0 |   music OMH

    In years to come it may well be seen as the album that reinvigorated and renewed their already illustrious career
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  4. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    Despite the incendiary title, this is more quiet evolution from Yo La Tengo, rather than full blown revolution
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  5. 8.0 |   God Is In The TV

    This is a genuinely lovely album, full of warmth and dreaminess, perfect for the coldest week in years
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  6. 8.0 |   Mojo

    The trio’s 15th album comes with a fresh approach. Print edition only

  7. 8.0 |   Uncut

    It's a remarkably immersive and generous album, emotionally as well as musically. Print edition only

  8. 8.0 |   Record Collector

    Yo La Tengo are still the critic’s favourite band with maybe too much of a thing for a Three Dog Night cover but, with a little tweak here and a gentle push there, here is proof there’s nothing wrong with that. Nothing wrong with that at all
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  9. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Veering down this new path won’t be for everyone, but so what? It’s the Yo La Tengo that we need rather than the one we want
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  10. 8.0 |   The Music

    Simple and restrained as it weaves its way like a slow-moving movie score
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  11. 8.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Like a hug from an old friend, it asks for nothing in return, offering a comforting warmth that it’s difficult to imagine any other band on the planet being able to equal
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  12. 8.0 |   No Ripcord

    Yo La Tengo wants us to absorb their calm serenity, and that it's okay to sit down and distance ourselves from the negativity we encounter from time to time
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  13. 8.0 |   Q

    The world's most unhurried band have seized their moment. Print edition only

  14. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    The overall effect is a truly hypnotizing one, a perfect nighttime record if you will
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  15. 7.9 |   Paste Magazine

    The undulating tones anchor it all, giving it a unified purpose even though few of the melodies are of the hummable variety. A riot? Hardly
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  16. 7.6 |   Pitchfork

    Yo La Tengo capture the feeling of post-traumatic calm on their latest album, assuring their status as a wry and comforting cornerstone of indie rock
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  17. 7.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    On their dense, careworn new LP, indie stalwarts/college rock heavyweights Yo La Tengo have shown that can still bring fresh ideas to the table, despite the album being fifteen tracks long, and it being over thirty years since their first album
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  18. 7.2 |   Earbuddy

    This album is fantastic for those days when you just want to escape from reality and get lost in a completely different atmosphere
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  19. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    More than most any other Yo La Tengo album, There's a Riot Going On has a palpable atmosphere and unflappable mood all of its own
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  20. 7.0 |   Clash

    This stands as a sweet reminder to take a step back from the madness and breathe
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  21. 7.0 |   Crack

    It’s a record with a gentleness that urges you to try and be less anxious, with a fragility that acknowledges that it probably hasn’t worked
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  22. 6.7 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    There’s a Riot Going On is textured quite nicely here and there, in amongst all the soft dreamy shuffly-ness that subsumes the words in the mix more than on the last few YLT albums
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  23. 6.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    Yo La Tengo are still very much staying the course on There’s a Riot Going On
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  24. 6.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

    There’s a Riot Going On’s theory doesn’t quite match up to its execution, and its parts are greater than the whole. So, is it more beautiful, or is it more boring? The problem is that it’s often too difficult to tell the difference
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  25. 6.0 |   The Observer

    Like virtually every other Yo La Tengo album, Riot finds the veteran trio striving to make the guitar band sound like the high point of human civilisation, rather than a vehicle for rebelliousness
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  26. 6.0 |   DIY

    Quietly overwhelming
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  27. 4.0 |   The Independent

    The occasional cut slices through the general blandness – the lilting “Shades Of Blue” is a winsome folk-pop lollop, and the Neu! motorik groove gives “For You Too” a rare drive – but overall this seems more escapist than reactive
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