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House of Sugar

(Sandy) Alex G

House of Sugar

Ninth album from the Philadelphia lo-fi indie rock musician Alex Giannascoli

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  1. 9.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Unfurling like a series of castigating waves, House of Sugar crests at moments of clarity and truth, before breaking and enveloping under an ocean spray of confusion and dissension
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  2. 9.0 |   Exclaim

    Giannascoli's creativity is endless and as he continues his never-ending output of mysteriously disorienting and strangely familiar songs, he's becoming stronger and weirder with every album
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  3. 9.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

    In House of Sugar, Alex Giannascoli relinquishes the ownership in authorship, providing a venue for those voices that regale him to decompress, elongate, saunter
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  4. 8.6 |   Pitchfork

    The enigmatic songwriter’s latest album is full of vignettes that shift to reveal and conceal themselves in ways too unpredictable to be easily faked. It might be his best yet
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  5. 8.5 |   The 405

    Affirms his position as one of indie music's forefront songwriters and innovators with House of Sugar
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  6. 8.3 |   Consequence Of Sound

    The prolific songwriter's most harsh and uninviting album yet may also be his finest
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  7. 8.0 |   Clash

    A mind-bending trip that leaves an emotional impact
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  8. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    Whoever said indie-rock had to change in the year 2019 is sadly mistaken—it didn't have to change, only improve. In Giannascoli's hands, I'd say we're safe for the long haul
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  9. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    These are songs about raw, abstract emotions, with obscured production and loose structures to match
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  10. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    On House of Sugar, the unfortunate and forgotten characters of (Sandy) Alex G's stories climb into reality, while his distaste for being confined by genre becomes more adventurous
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  11. 8.0 |   All Music

    Intimate, theatrical, and strange, House of Sugar is designed to reward repeat listens, but like other (Sandy) Alex G sets, it's above all affecting
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  12. 8.0 |   Crack

    Plenty of weirdness still exists on House of Sugar, from the experimental jam of Project 2 to glitchy opener Walk Away, but as a whole, this feels like a cohesive statement. It could be tempting to read this as a lack of ambition, but instead this record presents (Sandy) Alex G at his most realised
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  13. 8.0 |   music OMH

    These songs might not be his most immediate, but House Of Sugar, it rewards repeated listening as these songs start to reveal their hidden depths with every listen
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  14. 8.0 |   No Ripcord

    He's a cunning songwriter who will take on a challenge whenever an idea seems to complex to untangle, even if his tender side will always be there
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  15. 8.0 |   NME

    The prolific, inventive Philadelphia musician assumes various characters on his ninth LP, though in parts he's also invigorated with a new lyrical directness
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  16. 8.0 |   Q

    A record whose card-shuffling diversity proves to be its ace. Print edition only

  17. 7.7 |   Paste Magazine

    Even the riskiest gambles tend to pay off
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  18. 7.0 |   Northern Transmission

    Giannascoli has this rare ability to make songs that are seemingly off the cuff but that have huge emotional payoff
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  19. 7.0 |   Gigwise

    Take a deep dive through a world which is both bright in watercolour spectacle, yet dark, vast and expansive, beckoning towards the deeper reaches of the mind
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