Spin - p.1003.5 stars out of 5
-- "'Billy Fish,' 'The Smiling Cobra,' and 'Kicking Machine' are among the best songs they have written during their quarter-decade project in hard-rock deconstruction..."
Alternative Press - p.1664.5 stars out of 5
-- "From leviathan drum rolls to harpoon guitar hooks, cuts like 'The Kicking Machine' play like newly unearthed Led Zeppelin studio outtakes..."
The Wire - p.51
"'Dog Island' is where NUDE WITH BOOTS really takes off, a relentless fusion of welded guitar fury, punctuated with Crover's savage snare splintering, that strips the group's sound down to the bone."
Kerrang (Magazine) - p.51
"The Black Sabbath influence still rattles around the speakers....An album that stoops, sways and makes no effort to fit in with anything other than the muse of its creators....Admirable..."
Q (Magazine) - p.1403 stars out of 5
-- "[T]heir 16th studio album opens impressively with 'The Kicking Machine' echoing Led Zeppelin at their heaviest and 'Billy Fish''s hypnotic riffage."
Mojo (Publisher) - p.1063 stars out of 5
-- "[T]he epic 'Dog Island' is the choicest heap of sludge, its monolithic riff driven home by dual drummers -- Dale Crover and Coady Willis -- pummelling their mammoth shared kit with acrid grace."
Melvins: Dale Crover, King Buzzo, Coady Willis, Jared Warren.
Melvins have been slowing heavy metal to its primal, molten essence since the early '80s, recording a deluge of material and burning through band members in the process. Their latest, NUDE WITH BOOTS, the second with Coady Willis and Jared Warren (better known as the rumbling duo Big Business), features a lighter touch than its predecessor, (A) SENILE ANIMAL. Given their universally acknowledged conquest of sludgy heaviness, they're taking a minute to explore something a little different, with the songs on NUDE WITH BOOTS recalling '70s boogie with adventurous, free-wheeling guitar playing. "Suicide in Progress" features wicked, snaky arena-blues chops, while "The Smiling Cobra" combines the Melvins' trademark thick, dark brew with a healthy dose of big-rock posturing. Despite the addition of Big Business, the band feels fully integrated, as if they've been playing together for a long time.