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The Prettiest Curse

Hinds

The Prettiest Curse

Third album from the Madrid-based garage rock quartet (formerly know as Deers) produced by Jenn Decilveo (Bat for Lashes, The Wombats, Albert Hammond Jr.)

ADM rating[?]

7.6

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UK Release date
05/06/2020
US Release date
05/06/2020
  1. 10.0 |   The Skinny

    The third LP from Madrid’s premier party band Hinds is the year’s sharpest, wittiest pop record
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  2. 9.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    On The Prettiest Curse, the band have honed their craft: here their characteristic puerility slashes like a knife, and is wielded as a weapon in the pursuit of inclusive, jubilant, defiant indie-pop
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  3. 8.5 |   Paste Magazine

    The band's grown up, but they haven't lost their edge
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  4. 8.0 |   DIY

    Packed with grooves, hooks and riffs
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  5. 8.0 |   No Ripcord

    Overall, The Prettiest Curse revels in the simple pleasures of big hooks, chunky chord changes, and sing-a-long melodies. When a band can consistently deliver the goods, there’s no need to mess around too much with a winning formula
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  6. 8.0 |   Clash

    The kaleidoscope of sounds that is ‘The Prettiest Curse’ comes to an end with the sleepy lull of wistful romantic track ‘This Moment Forever’, concluding a fine album that balances its expansive and experimental edge with rich, emotional musicality
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  7. 8.0 |   All Music

    It might not be simple and true garage rock anymore, but Hinds show they are able to grow up a little without losing any of the qualities that made them special
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  8. 8.0 |   music OMH

    This new Hinds album is just the thing you might be looking for, and it might offer you 30 of the most engaging minutes you’ve had in the past god knows how long
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  9. 8.0 |   NME

    Album three sees the band sing in Spanish for the first time and ditch their tried-and-tested musical formula. The experiment has paid off
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  10. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    On The Prettiest Curse, Hinds create messy pop music that captures the vibrancy of youth without being childish
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  11. 8.0 |   Gigwise

    This is the most consistent album Hinds have made so far, synth feels like a natural fit for them and they use it with the vibrancy suggested by the array of colours shown on the album cover
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  12. 7.5 |   Under The Radar

    Hinds’ latest work is another raucous good time that shows off the band’s uncompromising attitude and catchy melodies at their best
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  13. 7.2 |   Pitchfork

    On their third album, the Spanish garage rockers swing for the fences with a big, arena-friendly new sound
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  14. 7.0 |   Crack

    It seems that no matter how deep Hinds dive into their emotions on The Prettiest Curse, they can’t quite shake their jangly euphoria – and who would hold that against them?
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  15. 6.0 |   The Arts Desk

    Much like with Dream Wife or the Slits, it’s hard to sure whether Hinds are a rock’n’roll band or a girl gang with guitars
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  16. 6.0 |   Q

    It can occasionally cloy, but on The Prettiest Curse, Hinds are on fighting form. Print edition only

  17. 6.0 |   A.V. Club

    It can occasionally cloy, but on The Prettiest Curse, Hinds are on fighting form. Print edition only

  18. 5.8 |   Beats Per Minute

    After three albums about the same thing, Hinds haven’t shown any real progression by shedding their lo-fi trappings; instead they’ve just unearthed their shortcomings
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