Tyondai Braxton may have been the de facto frontman of Battles, but truth is, they were always guided by groove above all else. So reintroducing themselves with a bouncing-ball summer jam named “Ice Cream” isn’t as radical as it first appears: sure, it takes as much time to get acquainted with hearing the relatively straightforward vocals of Matias Aguayo as it does to cope with the relative restraint the Battles show here in opposition to their accustomed technical feats of strength. But “Ice Cream” puts purpose before personality, a lithe but brawny rhythm conveying so much joy that Aguayo really never needs to commemorate it with actual words. “Jam band” may have earned irrevocably bad connotation during the 1990s, but “Ice Cream” finds Battles giving the term a good name.
— Ian Cohen, March 11, 2011