Unlike a nagging cough and runny nose, this three-piece is put together quite well, its members capably executing angled turns and textures without losing the place of one another. Although there's one track with words on it, the other nine songs are entirely instrumental, displaying jangly guitars that quickly cut back into harsh abrasive tones. Fitting appropriately under the math rock banner, the Common Cold is quite reminiscent of A Minor Forest. However, they attain that similarity without much of the strange sense of humor and crushing explosiveness that the San Francisco trio exhibited. Still, this disc is a good shot in the arm for all those suffering from a lack of A Minor Forest-esque sounds in the math rock world. While it may take a while to grow on the listener, in the end it'll surely feel a helluva lot better than a real cold ever could.
AllMusic Review by Kurt Morris