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Bark Your Head Off, Dog

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Bark Your Head Off, Dog

Third album from Philadelphia indie-rock quartet which began life as Frances Quinlan’s solo project Hop Along, Queen Ansleis

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  1. 9.8 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    What is different this time around, however, are broader and more grandiose instrumentation (read: some dope ass harp!) and something of a... brighter disposition. This is perhaps the poppiest the Philadelphia outfit has ever come across
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  2. 9.0 |   Exclaim

    You could have said it after pretty much any of their previous releases, but once again, Hop Along are truly a band at the top of their game
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  3. 9.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Stepping away from the noise and taking an evermore artful approach to heartfelt pop is a bold, brilliantly smart move and on Bark Your Head Off, Dog the results are borderline magical
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  4. 8.4 |   Earbuddy

    Does a fine job of balancing the band’s quirky, strong songwriting with better hooks and melodies
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  5. 8.2 |   Gig Soup

    Bark Your Head Off, Dog is a form of choral story-telling, punctuated by internal variations and thorough carving of details
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  6. 8.0 |   God Is In The TV

    There’s an exhilarating, restless groove to their alt-rock sound more or less throughout. Players of ‘air drums’ will be in their element
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  7. 8.0 |   Pitchfork

    The Philly band’s third album is warm and spacious, filled with rich stories rendered beautifully in the abstract
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  8. 8.0 |   All Music

    While something is almost always askew, on average, the album feels a little broader and brighter than Painted Shut. Thankfully, it does so without sacrificing lyrical impact or smoothing out Hop Along's distinctive, compelling sound
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  9. 8.0 |   DIY

    They’re just as enticing and attention-grabbing when practicing restraint
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  10. 7.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    Bark Your Head Off, Dog more openly embraces the group’s flexibility, matching its compositions with its potential
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  11. 7.0 |   Under The Radar

    Everything about the Philadelphia quartet's sound on their latest record sounds more accomplished, but also more polished
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  12. 7.0 |   No Ripcord

    A sometimes confounding if indecisive listen, but Quinlan's passionate eye for detail hasn't withered in the slightest
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  13. 7.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    An album both more mature and more realised than anything Hop Along have realised previously, Bark Your Head Off, Dog is a deft balance of quiet, folky meanderings and rousing slabs of indie rock
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  14. 7.0 |   The 405

    An album showing a band striving to push themselves to bigger and broader aims
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  15. 6.7 |   A.V. Club

    The lyrics still have bite and darkness, but this is a sweeter and sunnier Hop Along
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