Eleanor Friedberger
Rebound


4.5
superb

Review

by PatternsInTheIvy USER (6 Reviews)
July 21st, 2018 | 16 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Life in a perpetual trance

Much of the appeal of Rebound lies in the fact that every song exists as its own little world. The majority of the tracks in this collection immerse the listener in a hypnotic drone, relying on the magic of sustained synths, subtle guitar snippets, and lavish production values; rarely has an album had such inviting locales this year. “My Jesus Phase” immediately sets the tone, introducing a strange synthesis of floating keyboards and staccato drum beats before it gradually transforms into a slow-burning ballad rife with brooding instrumentation and intricate songwriting ornaments. But what Eleanor Friedberger pulled off on this album is incredibly effective, because it plays around with the minimalism and immersion these songs exude. When you have tracks that rely on such simple, atmospheric approaches, it’s tempting to throw some oddball decisions into the mix and see if they stick. For instance, the random bursts of guitar distortion that appear in the middle of “The Letter” contrast very nicely with the dreamlike nature of the song itself. Likewise, the unusually upbeat music of the horn-driven banger “Everything” comes at a great time to change the album’s pace a bit. Then there’s “Nice to be Nowhere,” which brings periodic bouts of mesmerizing clean-channel guitar work to glaze over the slow tread of the synthesizers.

As far as Friedberger herself fares, her vocals fit very well with the music. She’s just charismatic enough to carry the tracks while knowing when to let the music to speak for itself. She’s not some eccentric force of personality, but that’s not what the music calls for anyway; more often than not, she adopts the typical dream pop approach of layering her dreamlike vocals over the music like another instrument rather than towering over the production. This works wonders during the album’s slower moments, as she adds yet another layer of atmosphere to music that’s already dripping with it; “Nice to be Nowhere,” “My Jesus Phase,” and “The Letter” might be the best showings of this. While I’m on the subject of tempo, however, it’s quite impressive how well the faster songs are integrated into the experience. Even in the most upbeat moments - such as “Everything” and the wonderful summery sway of “Make Me a Song” - those 80s Europop synths and instrumental layers allow Rebound to maintain its identity all the way through. Truth be told, there’s not much that can even be considered a negative to issue toward the album. Perhaps the variety is slightly lacking in places - it can be pretty easy to tune out sometimes if you’re not paying too much attention - but that’s about all I have. If you haven’t heard Rebound, I really do encourage you to experience one of the most slept-on indie records of this year.



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DoofDoof
July 21st 2018


1299 Comments


I love you

luci
July 21st 2018


10353 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

stop trying to make this album happen!

SandwichBubble
July 21st 2018


8485 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

3.1 site average with two 4.5 reviews, hot damn



I keep putting off listening to this

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DoofDoof
July 22nd 2018


1299 Comments


Lucid can have the Deafheaven (yikes)

I can have this (yikes)

DoofDoof
July 22nd 2018


1299 Comments


I mean i'd listen to someone try and make a case that last year's Charlotte Gainsbourg album is more accomplished than this but I can't hear it and that has a 3.6 average.

European sophistication and deadpan understated pop making huge waves on Sputnik? Hmmmm.

On this one I'll trust the Metacritic response.

Still surprised I rate this as a better album than the new Beach House, but it is what it is, I prefer this.

anatelier
July 22nd 2018


2437 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

i am whelmed

TwigTW
July 22nd 2018


3525 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I like this more with each listen. It's around a 3.5 for me at this point.

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SandwichBubble
July 22nd 2018


8485 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i am whelmed [2]

better than I thought it'd be though.

DoofDoof
July 22nd 2018


1299 Comments


(sort of) yay, sandwich, yay

SandwichBubble
July 22nd 2018


8485 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Winner of this year's "not as bad as you could have been" award

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IBO_80T7yuk

DoofDoof
July 23rd 2018


1299 Comments


Probably my favourite opener of the year yeah

anatelier
July 23rd 2018


2437 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

opener was great for me, everything after was just porridge

DoofDoof
July 23rd 2018


1299 Comments


closer is probably my favourite closer of the year too

(less confident on that, but it has to be close)

klap
Staff Reviewer
July 23rd 2018


11995 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Her last two records are better yoooo

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DoofDoof
July 23rd 2018


1299 Comments


nah, warm tone country infused indie rock is a boring fit for her imo

she sounds way too chipper on those albums

PatternsInTheIvy
September 3rd 2018


192 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Happy belated birthday, Eleanor :]



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