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Twin Fantasy

Car Seat Headrest

Twin Fantasy

Third label-backed album of low-fi indie pop from the Will Toledo-led band, a reworked, rerecorded version of their pre-label released album Twin Fantasy

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  1. 10.0 |   Record Collector

    This is no stop-gap, contract filler of a record but rather a perfectionist giving a great album the full workout it deserved
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  2. 10.0 |   A.V. Club

    Toledo has done the unimaginable: created a reboot that matches its original in tone, passion, and excitemen
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  3. 9.1 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    Companion piece or full-on replacement, it matters not. Do yourself a favor and listen to the album you should have listened to seven years ago
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  4. 9.1 |   Consequence Of Sound

    The prolific indie rocker reimagines a teenage project to mostly thrilling results
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  5. 9.0 |   The 405

    Rarely does a piece of music encompass so much raw emotion with such relatability in such a satisfied way; while retaining ambitious but clear structures and displaying instrumentally depth and complexity
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  6. 9.0 |   Exclaim

    Car Seat Headrest are capable of re-contextualizing their work in ways that cement the faith that we have in them as revolutionary musicians
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  7. 9.0 |   The Music

    Highbrow, almost existential sentiments abound - like he's trying to get to the bottom of life's conundrums through the medium of rock'n'roll, a noble endeavour indeed
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  8. 9.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Thanks to the fact that Car Seat Headrest is now a band rather than a solo recording project, there’s more spit and polish to the songs, a level of gloss that Twin Fantasy really benefits from
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  9. 8.6 |   Pitchfork

    Speaks to his greatest gifts as a songwriter: wit, cynicism, and an eye for detail that captures teenaged desire and heartache
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  10. 8.0 |   All Music

    Leaves no doubt that Toledo is a strikingly gifted and thoughtful songwriter who also has a firm grasp of how to make his material work in the studio, and isn't afraid to think on a grand scale
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  11. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    There are times when the less charitable might be inclined to shout at Toledo to pull himself together, but Car Seat Headrest increasingly feel like a significant band, and Toledo like an unusual and compelling voice
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  12. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    Will Toledo subtly polishes the Car Seat Headrest sound to make a good record great
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  13. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Despite how well-loved the original is, Toledo clearly regards it as the one that got away
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  14. 8.0 |   Slant Magazine

    Even as he looks back, Toledo is moving forward
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  15. 8.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

    While it may not carry the same intrigue of a college student self-recording a lo-fi opus between classes, this new Twin Fantasy elucidates the masterfulness of an incisive indie savant whose creative reach had, until recently, exceeded his grasp
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  16. 8.0 |   Q

    Hardcore aficionados might doggedly stick to the original but for new fans, it's a treat. Print edition only

  17. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Like the original, Twin Fantasy 2017 transports us to a unique and fully formed world, where this time the physical geography is still more affecting. Print edition only

  18. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Twin Fantasy marks another leap in ambition. Print edition only

  19. 8.0 |   Gig Soup

    Characterised by long narratives and short breaks in between, the album keeps you on your toes
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  20. 8.0 |   God Is In The TV

    Now that Toledo has given it the sound that he always wanted, he has created an album that will deserve even more exposure than it is currently
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  21. 7.6 |   Paste Magazine

    People change and songs evolve and who’s to say when a song is actually done? These days, the answer may be never. And Car Seat Headrest’s Twin Fantasy is better for it
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  22. 7.0 |   Clash

    An ideal starting point for any latent Will Toledo fan
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  23. 7.0 |   Earbuddy

    This used to be a painfully awkward portrait of young romance. Now it’s portrait of a young man’s portrait of young romance
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  24. 7.0 |   American Songwriter

    In its new iteration Twin Fantasy is a deeply moving statement from one of indie rock’s freshest young voices
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  25. 4.0 |   Under The Radar

    Instead of building off the buzz and promise of Teens of Style and Teens of Denial, that show a marked development in songwriting, Car Seat Headrest decided to release a bit of revisionist history showing off the band's potential but also its shortcomings
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