Phoebe Bridgers   Punisher
3.9
excellent
Release Date: 2020
Tracklist

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5.0 classicneekafat CONTRIBUTOR | June 16th 20

oh my god this is the greatest album i have ever heard

EDIT: "MiLqUeToAsT"


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3.3 greatJohnny[Well] STAFF | June 16th 20

a decent contender for the most milquetoast album of 2020, but not without its strengths

punisher doesn't hit the same highs as stranger in the alps, but PhoeB still has decent
songwriting chops, memorable lyrics and occasionally (once every 4-5 songs or so) a good
ear for melody. savior complex is very good. cool


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4.5 superbAmericanFlagAsh | June 18th 20

Those horns at the end made me c*m

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3.5 greatLucman | June 17th 20

This could be described as the big-budget sequel to the surprise hit (say masterpiece) Stranger In The Alps. A bigger budget means bigger effects and a grander scope. It even ends with a song that could very well be called an epic. However, while Stranger had its embellishments and atmospheric depth, it was a singer/songwriter record first and foremost. Punisher doesn't quite come across the same way as it trades intimacy for flamboyance and as a result, I can't help but feel like it's missing the warmth that made Stranger so memorable.

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5.0 classicCodyTeubert | June 16th 20

Instant classic. Loved every minute. Listening to it on repeat for the next few weeks most likely. AOTY for me so far.

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3.0 gooddedex | June 19th 20

Pretty songs enhanced by the pristine production. It's a nice record, no song's bad, but not all melodies make their way into my head - save for "Kyoto", "Chinese Satellite" and "I Know the End". Another pretty good 2020 indie folk record. 3.2

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0.0 Winesburgohio STAFF | June 19th 20

well it's punishing alright,

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5.0 classicdustandnations | June 16th 20

But you had to go .......... I know, I know, I know

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3.0 goodcharlopiano | June 30th 20

Pretty mediocre until the three last songs which make the album worthwhile

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2.5 averagenotkanyewest | June 30th 20

ah, So u treat Phoebe Bridgers like indie royalty even though she's completely mediocre? Do tell. (girls get mad at me) Sorry. Im sorry. Im trying to remove it

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3.0 goodajcollins15 | June 24th 20

Phoebe Bridgers, the indie-folk artist who took the American heart by storm when she dropped her 2017 debut record ?Stranger in the Alps?, a poet, yet heart-wrenching indie-folk piece with as much heart put into it as a progressive pop album but the staleness of a Chinese fortune cookie. On her sophomore record ?Punisher?, the California singer comes out with an even more patience-testing indie-folk piece with even more haunting poetic lyrics in which Phoebe portrays her sadness and bittersweet look at life in the current day and age. However, she definitely increases her instrumentals on this record more than the last. With brighter guitars, more interesting atmospheric synths, and bonier drum fills, she gives the listener a better taste of what she can do. However, for me, the small steps forward in songwriting and production don?t make up for the pure lack of sparseness and uninteresting instrumentals this is filled with. Track after track you are given a drier version of the last song with some more depressing lyrics that really aren?t as interesting as you would want them to be. In a lot of ways, this tries to be a premium slowcore album without the soul. I don?t know; it?s good, but not great. I know a lot of people love her and will back her up on this, but for me, I would much rather listen to who she is influenced by rather than her.

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3.5 greatCrakaveli | June 20th 20

I really like this album, but not one song has grabbed me like her first record. A sophomore slump? Nah. I just don?t think it?s as good as her first or BOCM.

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4.2 excellentBenjamin Kuettel STAFF | June 19th 20

Simultaneously more subdued and adventurous than Stranger in the Alps, Phoebe Bridgers expands her songwriting talents and continued excellent lyrics for a sublime sophomore effort brimming with nocturnal atmosphere. Just look at that gorgeous album cover.

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4.0 excellentyad00d | June 18th 20

Great album. Going to need more listens but it seems like a great sequel: I do think the lyrics aren?t very strong, and at times it seems sort of predictable. It?s a Safe but great phoebe bridgers record

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4.5 superbPurpose | May 28th 20

This will be at least a 4. Go to youtube and listen to I Know The End

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5.0 classicflvnkie | May 10th 20

garden song and kyoto slap, looking forward to this

edit: this is so fucking good

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