I Hate Music - MERGE
FILTER Grade: 86%
By Kurt Orzeck on August 23, 2013
Superchunk’s 10th album is advertised as having a “dark undercurrent,” but to the extent that there is one, it’s buried far beneath the band’s reliably chipper chords and sunny choruses. This record finds Chapel Hill’s greatest export at its most vibrant and emotive since 1994’s Foolish (despite the ironic title, which calls to mind 2001’s Here’s To Shutting Up). There’s a punk song that lasts barely one minute (“Staying Home”), a hard-rocker (“Void”) and a smattering of introspective tracks (“FOH,” “Trees of Barcelona”). Superchunk continues fishing for perfection—and, as always, the band brings the hooks.