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
Length34:30
LabelUnited States Carpark Records
ProducerJustin Pizzoferrato
Speedy Ortiz chronology
The Death of Speedy Ortiz
(2011)
Major Arcana
(2013)
Real Hair EP
(2014)

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.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
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.

No.TitleLength
1."Pioneer Spine"3:37
2."Tiger Tank"2:46
3."Hitch"2:35
4."Casper (1995)"2:48
5."No Below"3:44
6."Gary"3:26
7."Fun"2:05
8."Cash Cab"3:35
9."Plough"2:53
10."MKVI"7:08
Total length:34:30

Charts[edit]

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

References[edit]

  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.