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Rocket

(Sandy) Alex G

Rocket

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

ADM rating[?]

7.7

Label
Domino
UK Release date
19/05/2017
US Release date
19/05/2017
  1. 9.0 |   Exclaim

    A true tour de force that cements (Sandy) Alex G snugly in the company of indie rock's great auteurs
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  2. 9.0 |   No Ripcord

    It’s beautifully conflicted and human, and does provide a unique and unforgettable experience that will continue to charm with its paradoxical qualities for years to come
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  3. 8.8 |   Paste Magazine

    He’s as interested in misshaping a great song as he is perfecting it. Most of the truly great ones have that quality. (Sandy) Alex G seems headed that way
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  4. 8.5 |   The Quietus

    A career-defining release
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  5. 8.5 |   Earbuddy

    Soars high as another crazy grab bag of interesting songs.
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  6. 8.4 |   Pitchfork

    A meticulously filtered and distorted document of indie rock. Though it’s his most accessible, his best traits remain his obtuse storytelling and oddly-shaped songs
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  7. 8.4 |   Gig Soup

    Stylistically, 'Rocket' jumps around immensely, leaving you questioning how some of these tracks coexist on the same album. However, this happens to be one of the strengths of the record
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  8. 8.3 |   Consequence Of Sound

    Giannascoli opens up and finds a language that speaks for more than just himself
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  9. 8.3 |   A.V. Club

    Even though Rocket sometimes feels messy, only a songwriter as prolific and uninhibited as Giannascoli can make the chaos this thrilling and affecting
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  10. 8.0 |   All Music

    It'll be interesting to see how much he does or doesn't change up his process over time, but in the meantime, Rocket will likely be a welcome return for fans of Beach Music and beyond
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  11. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Rocket is another ode to youth: a perfect portrait of the incoherent, contemporary experience that says all we can do is fall in love, burn out, and feel alive
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  12. 8.0 |   The Music

    Each song plays with varying melodies and tempos that seemingly intentionally contrast to the track before it
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  13. 8.0 |   music OMH

    Alex G’s skill is in tackling difficult subjects and squeezing them into the most wonderful kernels of pop, and once again, he’s succeeded here
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  14. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    A fierce and frenzied bid for stardom
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  15. 8.0 |   Q

    It's a thrilling ride with an artist who keeps everyone on their toes. Print edition only

  16. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    It's unpolished and emotionally brave, in touch and free as the wind. It's really something
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  17. 8.0 |   Clash

    A collection of effortlessly experimental tracks that leapfrog from obtuse blues and bleak shoegaze to dusty folk rock
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  18. 8.0 |   DIY

    A brilliantly considered next step
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  19. 7.0 |   Crack

    If DSU was the bedroom classic, then Rocket is the record for which Alex Giannascoli came outside to enjoy his time under the sun
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  20. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    An album that deserves to be heard and one which sees him heading somewhere very special
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  21. 7.0 |   The 405

    It’s a step that highlights his growth as a producer, his creativity as a songwriter, and his ear as an arranger, even if these elements don’t always come together to produce a cohesive listening experience
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  22. 6.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    (Sandy) Alex G still sounds like he’s refining a sound of his own on ‘Rocket’, but hearing him do it in real-time is still a thrill
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  23. 6.0 |   Uncut

    There's a less scrappy approach on this album, a glossier production with more realised and experimental offerings. Print edition only

  24. 4.0 |   The Observer

    Disengaged and disappointing
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