14 Songs, 46 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Brooklyn art-rockers Parquet Courts have sometimes obscured their warmth under a cover of discord, challenging song structures and sardonic detachment. Their fifth album simplifies and purifies their sound to thrilling effect though. Whether they’re dovetailing or duelling, Andrew Savage and Austin Brown’s punchy riffs sublimate into the band’s poppiest hooks yet. There’s emotional engagement too, with Savage opening up his heartache and isolation on the bittersweet “Human Performance” and “Berlin Got Blurry”’s collision of thrumming post-punk and surf guitar licks.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Brooklyn art-rockers Parquet Courts have sometimes obscured their warmth under a cover of discord, challenging song structures and sardonic detachment. Their fifth album simplifies and purifies their sound to thrilling effect though. Whether they’re dovetailing or duelling, Andrew Savage and Austin Brown’s punchy riffs sublimate into the band’s poppiest hooks yet. There’s emotional engagement too, with Savage opening up his heartache and isolation on the bittersweet “Human Performance” and “Berlin Got Blurry”’s collision of thrumming post-punk and surf guitar licks.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
33 Ratings

33 Ratings

Hippi-Kat ,

Darlings of the hype machine

Popular, talented bands lIke Parquet Courts fall into a void when they start to think they’re smarter and better than everyone else after they have some success. Besides sounding preachy, they start to get sloppy, believing their own hype and producing any song they come up with instead of being a little more pragmatic with the editing button. So you wind up with an album like Human Performance, that has some outstanding songs-Human Performance, which could be the single of the year, Dust, which is a irreverent blast (no pun intended) Berlin got Blurry, but also some filler, Already Dead, I Was Just Here. Parquets Courts are very gifted, and have the potential to be amazing. Human Performance get’s closer to realizing this, but doesn’t quite hit the mark because of a few missteps. Personally, I feel this album should be ten songs long instead of fourteen. At the end of the day it’s a good album that should please old and new fans alike. It definitely leaves you looking forward to their next one where you hope they focus on their sweet spot writing pop gems instead of vapid, art rock social commentary.

chipster55 ,

Punk mashup

I'm a little older than most reviewers but this band, which I love, is a mashup of Television & Talking Heads...goosebumps!

Pug dogs ,

Decent reminds me of Modern Lovers

A fun little album. Definitely see an old modern lovers vibe- singer seems like to be heavily influenced by older Jonathan Richman. Also agree with the folks who say it’s bit VUish with a snarky touch of Cake on a few songs.

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