Act Surprised

Album Review of Act Surprised by Sebadoh.

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Act Surprised


Act Surprised by Sebadoh

Release Date: May 24, 2019
Record label: Dangerbird Records
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock

75 Music Critic Score
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Act Surprised - Very Good, Based on 1 Critics

Pitchfork - 75
Based on rating 7.5/10

Arriving a good 14 years after its predecessor, Sebadoh's Defend Yourself, in 2013, was less a comeback than an act of closure, like one of those standalone reunion specials that follow the demise of a beloved long-running TV series. Where much of the indie-rock icons' celebrated 1990s catalog invited us to eavesdrop on Lou Barlow's roller-coaster romance with his main muse (girlfriend-turned-wife Kathleen Billus), his contributions to Defend Yourself updated their relationship status one last time with a striking degree of finality. "Someone else has found her way into my soul," he sang at the top of album opener "I Will": "Things have changed, no longer need to be with you.

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