Major Arcana (album)

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Major Arcana
Speedy Ortiz Major Arcana album cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 9, 2013 (2013-07-09)
GenreIndie rock, noise pop, alternative rock, grunge
LabelUnited States Carpark Records
ProducerJustin Pizzoferrato
Speedy Ortiz chronology
The Death of Speedy Ortiz
Major Arcana
Real Hair EP

Major Arcana is the debut full-length studio album from the indie rock group Speedy Ortiz. It was released on July 9, 2013 by Carpark Records.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3.5/5 stars[1]
The A.V. ClubA-[2]
Consequence of Sound4/5 stars[3]
Pitchfork Media(8.4/10)[4]
PopMatters8/10 stars[5]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[6]

Major Arcana has received very positive reviews. The album has a score of 81 out of 100 on the review aggregate site Metacritic, based on 16 reviews.[7]

Pitchfork Media's Lindsay Zoladz gave the album a Best New Album designation, claiming that frontwoman Sadie Dupuis "writ[es] lyrics that are actually worth poring over".[4] David Brusie of The A.V. Club also praised the album, writing "a markedly assured debut, one that makes Speedy Ortiz an act to watch".[2] Consequence of Sound's Katherine Flynn called the album "strong, punchy musical concentrate".[3] Robin Smith of PopMatters described "its angular, moody ‘90s feel conjures the image of an overgrown punk hanging around a playground at night, drinking, smoking, wasting".[5]

Pitchfork Media ranked Major Arcana #48 on its list of the top 50 albums of 2013, writing: "Speedy Ortiz strains the strangled chords and corkscrew interplay of 90s guitar heroes [...] into jaggedly axed anthem".[8] The album was listed 31st on Stereogum's list of top 50 albums of 2013.[9]

The song "No Below" was featured in the 2017 Square Enix/Deck Nine game Life is Strange: Before the Storm.

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Speedy Ortiz.

1."Pioneer Spine"3:37
2."Tiger Tank"2:46
4."Casper (1995)"2:48
5."No Below"3:44
8."Cash Cab"3:35
Total length:34:30


Chart (2013) Peak
US Top Heatseekers[10] 30


  1. ^ Lymangrover, Jason. Major Arcana - Speedy Ortiz. Allmusic. Retrieved 4 January 2014.
  2. ^ a b Brusie, David. Speedy Ortiz: Major Arcana. The A.V. Club. 9 July 2013. Retrieved 4 January 2014.
  3. ^ a b Flynn, Katherine. Speedy Ortiz - Major Arcana. Consequence of Sound. 15 July 2013. Retrieved 4 January 2014.
  4. ^ a b Zoladz, Lindsay. Speedy Ortiz: Major Arcana. Pitchfork Media. 12 July 2013. Retrieved 4 January 2014.
  5. ^ a b Smith, Robin. Speedy Ortiz: Major Arcana. PopMatters. 12 September 2013. Retrieved 4 January 2014.
  6. ^ Powell, Mike. Speedy Ortiz, 'Major Arcana'. Rolling Stone. 12 August 2013. Retrieved 4 January 2014.
  7. ^ Critic Reviews for Major Arcana. Metacritic. Retrieved 4 January 2014.
  8. ^ The Top 50 Albums of 2013. Pitchfork Media. 18 December 2013. Retrieved 4 January 2014.
  9. ^ The 50 Best Albums of 2013 - Stereogum. Stereogum. 3 December 2013. Retrieved 4 January 2014.
  10. ^ "Major Arcana - Speedy Ortiz Awards". Retrieved 4 January 2014.