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White Denim


Eighth studio album from the Austin, Texas group, recorded at their new Radio Milk studio

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  1. 9.0 |   Exclaim

    This record is a far cry from a mocking treatise on performativity; it's strongly felt, unceasingly surprising and just a whole lot of fun
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  2. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    White Denim again prove that they are one of the best around
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  3. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Performance is, thankfully, anachronistic to the point of absurdity – if you close your eyes anywhere in this record, you’ll be transported to somewhere deep in the '70s, where there are no genres because nobody really cares about that kind of nonsense
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  4. 8.0 |   Mojo

    White Denim's most produced album, thickly textured with brass, keyboards and studio atmospheres. Play it loud, though, and you easily imagine the euphoria at the bar after every track. Print edition only

  5. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Expertly weighted between great hooks and loose, Southern-styled jams that dare you to shake a leg. Print edition only

  6. 8.0 |   Q

    A perfect late-summer soundtrack on a par with their 2009 masterpiece Fits. Print edition only

  7. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    White Denim go in hard for glam on their seventh album, but their penchant for psych is never too far from reach and Performance shimmers from end-to-end
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  8. 8.0 |   God Is In The TV

    This is an album which demands that you give it your full attention, one that suffers from being merely your tag-along friend on tiresome road trips
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  9. 8.0 |   DIY

    An album that refuses to let up across its nine tracks
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  10. 8.0 |   The Independent

    What they now lack in raw, ferocious edginess, they make up for with one glorious driving riff after another on Performance
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  11. 7.0 |   Under The Radar

    In all, Performance is an immensely controlled assortment of what White Denim does best-which might please some and (eventually) bore others
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  12. 7.0 |   Clash

    For a four-piece rock band from Texas, they still remain pretty difficult to classify and almost impossible to ignore. Play loud and enjoy
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  13. 7.0 |   The 405

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  14. 7.0 |   The Digital Fix

    Petrelli's vocals and the production of the founding members keep things consistent. Above all Performance is good fun to listen to
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  15. 6.5 |   Pitchfork

    On their shaggy, wild-eyed seventh album, the Austin rockers sound like a band rejuvenated—or, at least, a band that remembers what people liked about its music in the first place
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  16. 6.0 |   Earbuddy

    The Austin-based band releases some of the best music of the year... and eight other songs
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  17. 6.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Petralli could have done with somebody reining him in at points here, but if all he set out to do was leave ‘Stiff’ firmly in the rear-view mirror, then he’ll consider ‘Performance’ a resounding success
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  18. 6.0 |   All Music

    Performance may be lacking in progress, but the effortlessness of their experiments is still very much present, and nine albums in, White Denim remain as playful as ever. Overall, longtime fans of the band are likely to be satisfied, if not dazzled, by their latest effort
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