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Methyl Ethel


Third album of soulful pop quartet from the Perth, Australia led by Jake Webb

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  1. 8.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Triage is a spectrum of colour and abstract character, stained with a unique personality. Thanks to this approach, Triage is the finest work from Methyl Ethel yet
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  2. 8.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Webb seems to have an affinity for exploring concepts that span memory and its processes, and piecing together BIG emotions while remaining ciphered under a state of perpetual groove
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  3. 8.0 |   The Music

    He has perfected the art of assimilating pop tropes and making them his own
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  4. 8.0 |   DIY

    Methyl Ethel have reached great new heights with this stellar effort
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  5. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    The centrepiece Post-Blue is a creepy, falsetto-drenched melodrama that suggests even better to come
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  6. 7.0 |   All Music

    Methyl Ethel's most immersive collection to date
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  7. 7.0 |   God Is In The TV

    Methyl Ethel sort of sound like The Killers if they made more contorted and more ambitious indie rock
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  8. 7.0 |   Uncut

    A collection of unabashedly hooky '80s-informed rock songs. Print edition only

  9. 6.7 |   Paste Magazine

    Webb is an Aussie pop prince and a keen producer, and this album, even if it occasionally slips into lyrical drab, sounds like the career-honoring record he needed to make
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  10. 6.7 |   Consequence Of Sound

    During the first listen, you may pick up on some of their faults, but multiple visits can expose you to all their hidden treasures
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  11. 6.5 |   Earbuddy

    Triage is easily the band’s most consistent
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  12. 6.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    The first truly outward-facing Methyl Ethel album should go over well with plenty – a little less restraint next time out, though, might expand their reach even further
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  13. 6.0 |   Exclaim

    Methyl Ethel's second album, Everything Is Forgotten, was utterly hypnotic in how it pulled together repetition and percussion, especially on the track "Ubu." Triage is worthwhile in its own right, but it falls just short
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  14. 6.0 |   Mojo

    The high drama of Post-Blue sounds like Edith Piaf on acid and has the same sense of epic isolation of another great Perth band, The Trifids. Print edition only

  15. 6.0 |   NME

    Often-dazzling, albeit inconsistent
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  16. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    Webb is capable of nimble vocals, but he often opts for a deliberately strained tone, as if trying to push his woes through his colon. His gift for hooks means that even this peculiarity will find fans
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  17. 5.5 |   Under The Radar

    A couple tracks break from the tired formula and show Methyl Ethel can actually create something unique and entertaining
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  18. 3.0 |   The 405

    Faint praise can be thrown at Triage for how it rejects the mediocrity of its predecessors for a helping of frequently stupefying nonsense, but it’s not even interesting nonsense
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