According to Pitchfork, "the Montreal band's fifth album finds them in musical and lyrical stasis. The pale, joyless songs don't transcend their social critique — they succumb to it."
Critics are also taking up issue with the "exhausting promotional antics" the band used prior to their album's release "that overshadow" an already "disappointing album."
The Ringer reviewed the album "after a baffling and wearying publicity blitz of fake reviews (intentional), damaging music-blog controversies (unintentional), and general prankster confusion (unclear)" and skewered the band for using "the very hype machine that brought them both reverence and ridicule."
Slate, meanwhile, couldn't decide if the album was good or bad. "['Everything Now']sounds great, and it sounds terrible, sometimes great because it sounds terrible," the review read. "It's a response to an impossible demand, one that nobody explicitly made but was nonetheless inescapable. Under these circumstances, there's no failure like success."
And, is it just us or can you hear a little of ABBA's "Dancing Queen" and Rusted Root's "Send Me On My Way" in the record's title track, "Everything Now"? For your listening convenience, we've included all three songs below this series of mean tweets from disappointed fans.