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A Place to Bury Strangers


Fifth album from the New York–based noise rock band and first with new drummer Lia Simon Braswell

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  1. 8.0 |   All Music

    Pinned is one of the band's most cohesive albums - even if change is a constant in A Place to Bury Strangers' world, so is the quality of their music
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  2. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Joy Division, Suicide and JAMC collide for a post-punk racket: ear-splitting and sublimely desolate. Print edition only

  3. 7.5 |   Under The Radar

    Pinned showcases A Place to Bury Strangers' latest, and most solid, iteration of a band that specializes in creating sonics that cut through the bone and straight to the marrow, sounding timely, relevant, and groundbreaking
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  4. 7.0 |   Clash

    Well-made product that checks all the boxes
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  5. 6.7 |   A.V. Club

    Oddly for a band whose music is so visceral, Pinned frequently feels distant
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  6. 6.4 |   Earbuddy

    It’s a shame then that Pinned doesn’t land with more of an impact than a soft bang. But at least it’s not a dud
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  7. 6.0 |   Uncut

    Songs like "Never Coming Back" have no lack of velocity and ferocity, though APTBS often fall between two poles, being not quite able to deliver memorable songs yet unwilling to let the music dissolve into purer forms if turbulence. Print edition only

  8. 6.0 |   Exclaim

    Gloom pervades these 12 tracks, and the band don't leaven it with the dynamic shifts of previous albums
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  9. 6.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Pinned isn’t a memorable record; it’s a cacophony of ideas that don’t pan out. While it has bursts of substance, they soon trail off, or are abandoned instantly
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  10. 6.0 |   The Music

    Fairly restrained by A Place To Bury Strangers' standards
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  11. 5.3 |   Pitchfork

    The noise-rock band’s fifth album features new voices, new textures, but strikes the same affected pose
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  12. 4.0 |   Crack

    Pinned is simply missing the sweetness that’s hidden away on previous albums
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  13. 4.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    On Pinned, we see a band that has gotten lost
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  14. 4.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Perhaps this minimalism is a style they'll evolve to master but until then there'll be an APTBS-shaped void in our collective hearts where the unapologetically, unforgivingly brutal band once was
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