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The Switch


The Switch

Third full-length album of minimalist experimental rock from Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon and guitarist Bill Nace

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  1. 8.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    One of the most original, exciting albums of the year so far
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  2. 8.5 |   The Quietus

    Confirms Body/Head as the best post-Sonic Youth project by a country mile, but to merely classify them as an afterthought of that group does them a great disservice. They are their own, living, breathing, organism, and on the The Switch, the telepathy blurs distinction between Gordon and Nace, equally as it does between body and head
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  3. 8.3 |   Consequence Of Sound

    Kim Gordon’s voice may have been the spark that lit the blaze, but now she’s using a guitar to conjure up sonic waves to keep pushing us forward
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  4. 8.0 |   The Independent

    This is a brave, immersive and timely record
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  5. 8.0 |   Pitchfork

    On their most purposeful record to date, Kim Gordon and Bill Nace conjure a complete sonic ecosystem where they control the weather
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  6. 8.0 |   All Music

    Transfixing, haunting, and lingering, this is some of Body/Head's most emotionally eloquent music
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  7. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    Full of beautiful resonances
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  8. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    Fascinating and endlessly rewarding, even if it occasionally bears the marks of art being made for the sake of it
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  9. 7.0 |   The 405

    Moves in a quietly menacing fashion. Guitars crawl, moan, and hypnotize as you try to anticipate if and how they’ll move
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  10. 7.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

    It’s the music’s imperfect, frayed charm that makes The Switch stick out beyond the obvious pedigree of its personnel
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  11. 7.0 |   Uncut

    It's nuanced "noise" that packs a hefty emotional punch. Print edition only

  12. 7.0 |   Under The Radar

    A restlessly searching work that requires a concentrated listener, yet for all its harshness, this eccentric and admirably inconclusive record has a deeply meditative quality
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  13. 6.0 |   Q

    For a "difficult" record, it's an oddly easy sell - an instant, atmospheric disturbance, a tiny portable wormhole. Print edition only

  14. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    If you fancy a particularly on-the-nose soundtrack to society’s current state of collapse, this is it
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  15. 6.0 |   Rolling Stone

    A fascinating journey into post-apocalyptic art-punk muck
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  16. 6.0 |   The Observer

    The compositions can sound a little too abstract and free-form, although they do (eventually) reward repeated listening
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  17. 6.0 |   DIY

    An unsettling listen, occasionally disturbing in its unremitting bleakness, and even those predisposed to enjoy Sonic Youth’s weirdest work might find it impenetrable. Still, it inspires a powerful emotional response, which - you suspect - is what the pair were aiming for
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  18. 5.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    To a large extent this oppression derives from the quality of recording, which makes it sound like the duo are playing through blown out amps from the far side of an empty warehouse
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  19. 4.0 |   The Music

    An adrift ship traversing vast, barren seas bereft of rhythm or motif to anchor it
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  20. 3.8 |   Earbuddy

    The purpose it seems is to create something uncomfortable to listen to. Something you never want to listen to again. Can we get a slow clap?
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