Hop Along Queen Ansleis
Freshman Year


4.0
excellent

Review

by Adam Thomas STAFF
July 17th, 2009 | 65 replies | 11,975 views


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Frances Quinlan's wondrously eccentric DIY spirit in CD form.

Adorable is not really one of the buzzwords here at Sputnikmusic, but it is the first thing that comes to mind when listening to Hop Along Queen Ansleis. The stage name of Philadelphia native Frances Quinlan, Hop Along Queen Ansleis is one of the quirkiest, fun, and downright cute musical projects that I have come across in recent years. Frances' music recalls the simplistic sincerity of Bright Eyes' earliest recordings but done by a girl with a charmingly pitchy, endearingly cute voice and instead of being filled with the self-righteous musings of a depressed mid-western teen, they are quirky, happy songs about love, life, and the absurd.

Hop Along Queen Ansleis' debut, Freshman Year, evokes a spirit of being enraptured in the moment. Frances Quinlan's distinctive and impassioned vocals soar over her easy going acoustic guitar, her voice speeding up and slowing down in spurts as she tries to cram as much substance as humanly possible in to the framework of subdued yet jangly acoustics. For those that are willing to look beyond the surface, this framework is constantly expanded upon in a perfectly DIY fashion with bells, tin cans, whistles and kazoos, giving Freshman Year an identity all to itself.

As previously mentioned, the focal point of all things Hop Along Queen Ansleis is Frances Quinlan. Her storytelling fittingly compliments the bedroom recording style of the album by reading like the pages of a diary: spontaneous, bare, simplistic, and perfectly eccentric. On paper what seems like nonsense turns to brilliance when coming out of Frances' mouth, point in case the song "Of My Brothers and the Bear", where lines like "and the bear'd be on a flagpole/wave to all the little boys and girls/come spring he would disintegrate/and be reborn a plumber," manage to make perfect sense.

Hop Along Queen Ansleis' Freshman Year is full of the spirit of life. Every song has the energy of the here and now, and beyond that it's just irresistibly sweet. Sort of like a midnight snack, in music form.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
gaslightanthem
July 17th 2009



5209 Comments


me and chan will like this

ScorpionStan
July 17th 2009



1807 Comments


nice review...i may check into this

Athom
Staff Reviewer
July 17th 2009



17197 Comments



me and chan will like this

yep.


CompanionCube
July 17th 2009



977 Comments


hopefuly this sounds as good as the cover looks

Athom
Staff Reviewer
July 17th 2009



17197 Comments


oh it is.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
July 18th 2009



17197 Comments


bump.

PanasonicYouth
July 26th 2009



7411 Comments


this is pretty good.

PanasonicYouth
November 18th 2009



7411 Comments


bump this is getting better

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
November 18th 2009



17920 Comments


what is this

PanasonicYouth
November 18th 2009



7411 Comments


this is music
uber indie music
it'll bump your uber indie cred

Athom
Staff Reviewer
November 21st 2009



17197 Comments


dammit chan, i gave this a 4. shouldnt that be enough

SpaceisGolden
May 18th 2010



46 Comments


Ehhhh. I love her acoustic jams so much more. If this album had been completely acoustic I could of enjoyed it.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
October 18th 2010



17920 Comments


bruno is orange is so good

gotta go to bed now but i'm gonna listen to the rest tomorrow

Bitchfork
October 18th 2010



7584 Comments


I love this sooooo much.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
October 18th 2010



17197 Comments


i bet you talk to Matt.
she was so good live

Bitchfork
October 18th 2010



7584 Comments


This album is like angel food cake.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
October 18th 2010



17197 Comments


Sirens is still my fav

DBlitz
October 27th 2010



1690 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is sounding good so far

Rev
January 16th 2012



9380 Comments


this is so good

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
March 17th 2012



23798 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yeah, this is going to be my new obsession



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