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Side Effects

White Denim

Side Effects

Ninth studio album from the Austin, Texas group includes demos or outtakes from previous albums

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  1. 10.0 |   The FT

    As good a rock album as you will hear this year
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  2. 8.0 |   Uncut

    It's all held together by the band's well-honed knack for a screwy groove. Print edition only

  3. 8.0 |   Q

    Even when it perilously strays into minefields of muso, Side Effects is never forbidding math rock, thanks to its playful and sterling grooves. Print edition only

  4. 8.0 |   Mojo

    There's a cohesion and thrust to the fusion, a mathematically bracing energy that they have't quite located since 2011's D. Print edition only

  5. 8.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Much like what Star Wars did for Wilco, Side Effects resets what we should expect from White Denim
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  6. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    The album is wildly and refreshingly unpredictable
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  7. 7.0 |   Exclaim

    White Denim hurtle through the record's nine songs (as brief as many of them are) at a pace that can't help but keep the listener engaged and excited for what comes next
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  8. 6.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    One of its best attributes is perhaps that it is refreshingly chaotic and rough around the edges for an act a decade into their career. It’s a fun springtime listen
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  9. 6.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Brings together a long list of contributors in a careening attempt to capture the fizzing energy of a White Denim live show
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  10. 6.0 |   The Observer

    There are few genres White Denim won’t disrupt, and this wide-ranging record touches upon many of them
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  11. 6.0 |   music OMH

    Of the entire back catalogue, Side Effects seems like the slightest of their albums, but at least its hottest moments go some way to countering how underdone the whole thing seems
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  12. 5.0 |   Clash

    ‘Side Effects’ feels more like a collection of demos than a coherent album
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