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Eleanor Friedberger


Fourth studio album from the American singer-songwriter and Fiery Furnaces member

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Frenchkiss Records
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  1. 10.0 |   Mojo

    Friedberger's finest solo album to date. Print edition only

  2. 8.3 |   A.V. Club

    Rebound sees bits of the Fiery Furnaces sound creeping back in. There aren’t any backwards-mixed vocals or abrupt key changes, but synths and programmed drums return to augment a batch of songs somewhat less rooted in concrete storytelling details
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  3. 8.1 |   Pitchfork

    Longtime fans will have no trouble cozying up to many of these songs. There are elements, however, that separate the album from its predecessors and suggest some tentative movement toward a new way of working
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  4. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    All held together by sharp, tunefully lovely songwriting, and the likes of Make Me a Song and Everything are copper-bottomed, classy, euphoric electro pop
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  5. 8.0 |   The Independent

    The singer-songwriter proves that the power of reinvention suits her just fine
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  6. 8.0 |   DIY

    A surreal trip that feels like you’re voyaging through someone else’s dreams or scattered, fragmented memories
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  7. 8.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

    An intriguing open door from an artist who continues to grow in all possible ways
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  8. 8.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    A masterfully creative project that resonates with a voracious fan base
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  9. 8.0 |   Q

    Melodically subtler than Friedberger's past albums, Rebound still swings thanks to her innate, and often-overlooked, knack for songwriting. Print edition only

  10. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Eleanor Friedberger is rejuvenated. Print edition only

  11. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    When it comes to neatly capturing knotty feelings and subtle changes of mood, on Rebound Eleanor Friedberger remains one of indie rock’s masters
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  12. 7.0 |   The Music

    Lush and contemporary, with one foot in simple melodic pop and the other in the art-pop world of artists like Stereolab
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  13. 7.0 |   Exclaim

    Continues her trajectory as an distinctive artist who's ever-skilful in her sonic explorations
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  14. 7.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    She’s created an album that’s worth more time than a quick fling on the rebound, another engaging entry in her ever-expanding catalogue
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  15. 6.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    She’s been brave enough to open up a new road for herself; she’ll hopefully have the courage to continue on down it
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  16. 6.5 |   Earbuddy

    When Rebound sounds like it’s simply traded synthesizers for guitars (like “Everything”), the album is good, if without a bit of surprise
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  17. 6.0 |   music OMH

    At best, it sounds like an honest re-fashioning of comfortable old sounds. At worst, it sounds like a forgotten Christine McVie solo album
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  18. 6.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    An obtrusively pleasant stride into new territories
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  19. 5.0 |   PopMatters

    Both on her own and as a member of the Fiery Furnaces, Friedberger has proven to be a much more creative, striving, and memorable artist, so let's hope she rebounds from this misstep on her follow-up
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  20. 4.5 |   Under The Radar

    The conviction that has defined her career so far is nowhere to be seen here and, whilst the reason for this change is still unclear, the result is a record of missed opportunities and inexcusable shortcomings
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