- Leave Me Alone

HINDS - Leave Me Alone
CRITIC SCORE
76
Based on 26 reviews
2016 Rank: #231 / 722
USER SCORE
68
Based on
202 ratings

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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Exclaim!

The charm of Leave Me Alone lies in how much fun Hinds sound like they’re having here. It’s contagious; every song sounds like a party, and really, isn’t that what rock and roll is all about?

83
Pretty Much Amazing

Two words come to mind not a minute into Leave Me Alone—“effortless” and “simple”. If I’m pressed for a couple more, they’d be “warm” and “sloppy”.

80
The Skinny

Leave Me Alone is crunchy, sticky and massively more-ish; there's nothing better than when long anticipated records turn out to be super, super great.

80
The Line of Best Fit

Leave Me Alone is flawed, but its flaws are what makes it so beguiling. Trying something new isn’t their focus right now, and that’s fair enough when they're intent on making sure everyone is having this much fun.

80
NME

There are few airs and graces about this band, which is one of the keys to their vitality.

80
The Guardian
They have bags of tunes ... and bags of charm, adopting the clatter of C86 but updating it with a riotous rush of freewheeling, girl-gang energy. It puts them at odds with the bland, blokey indie rock scene of recent times, and that’s a fight they seem to cherish.
80
The 405

Hinds have shown that they are a force to be reckoned with on Leave Me Alone. They have paid their dues with countless shows, honing their chops. They have recorded an album that brings the energy of a live show without feeling like they ignored the fact they had a studio at their disposal.

80
Loud and Quiet
‘Leave Me Alone’ is an unassuming debut – the kind of record you wouldn’t think could reach the kind of following the band already has. Then again, after such a sudden surge in popularity, it’s all the more impressive that Hinds haven’t compromised a thing about their music.
80
DIY
Their first work is more defiant than joyous, more stubborn than most debuts tend to be. Instead of bringing a slicker version of their scrappy, charming demos, they crank the fidelity even lower. They stick to their guns, and they end up emphasising their rough-around-the-edges strengths.
80
Drowned in Sound

A more sober work than the group anticipated - sad, even (their words) - but an unexpectedly lovely one for being just so.

80
No Ripcord

Aspects of blind anguish, vulnerability and joyous revenge are dotted amongst the frisky surf, and they’re always reflected in a light-hearted, jaunty manner. Music doesn’t need to be perplexing, and Hinds are far too concerned about having a good time to let it become so.

76
Paste

Hinds makes music that is very much about capturing a mood and evoking a feeling: namely, those youthful, carefree times that loom large in our memories, or maybe only in our fantasies.

75
Pitchfork

Leave Me Alone is a record of human contradictions, of the admissions of vulnerability, and the realization that these things are beautiful.

70
Rolling Stone

This great garage-rock crew from Madrid folds decades of naïf-rock history into its craftily shambling tunes.

70
Under The Radar

It's worth embracing the retrograde, sticky-taped songs of Leave Me Alone for what they are: nothing new, but still a little bit special.

70
PopMatters

Hinds’ debut isn’t perfect no, but it’s strong in the right places and its imperfections often make it more human and heartfelt.

70
musicOMH

While Leave Me Alone has its flaws as an album, it’s the perfect summation of where Hinds find themselves at the moment.

67
Consequence of Sound

Making an old model feel fresh is no easy task, but Hinds largely accomplish it, embracing the intriguing sloppiness of their predecessors while making steps on their own.

60
Spin

Leave Me Alone is a friendly, enthusiastic album of coppery six-strings glinting in the sunlight with the more-than-occasional flat note, scuffing up the album’s already sand-blasted texture with an endearing scrappy quality.

60
AllMusic

Hinds' moxie pulls them through on this largely enjoyable debut.

60
FasterLouder

On Leave Me Alone, Hinds successfully burrow their way into the patriarchal arena of rock n’ roll. But it remains to be seen, though, whether they have the capacity to really disrupt things.

60
The Needle Drop
Hinds' debut effort might be incredibly shallow, but it's an undeniably fun--and semi-drunken--experience.
Jan 18, 2016
68
This album will eventually be forgotten; there's no doubt about that. It's great to hear a garage rock band every once in a while, but the choice to make an album like "Leave Me Alone" can ultimately be damning. The necessity to use such a limited instrumentation requires a number of songs that look astounding on paper to make a great record. Look at the White Stripes; they made a few great albums in a few years because they really took the philosophy of garage rock by heart. All ... read more
Jan 22, 2016
Don_Padrino
30
Un album que no me capturo por completo, estas españolas cantando como ebrias en karaoke no es lo que esperaba, uno mas para el monton,olvidable espero ver su proximo trabajo
Dec 27, 2016
78
Underrated among users -- the sloppy, drunken garage rock sound is the entire point of the album. The dual vocalists sound completely unrehearsed, which contrasts with the rock-solid guitar and drums in the background. It works because the songs sound like exactly what they should, given these characteristics. The music is infectious, spirited, and very replay-able -- a very nice debut!
Sep 29, 2016
HighClouds
76
Imagine The Strokes who would have mixed up with the Spice Girls: the guitar riffs are infectious and bring to the cheeky pop a messy but determined spirit which is hard to escape.
FULL REVIEW: http://www.highclouds.org/album-review-hinds-leave-me-alone/
Feb 17, 2016
seszental
68
BEST TRACKS:
- Warts
- Chili Town
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Track List
  1. Garden
  2. Fat Calmed Kiddos
  3. Warts
  4. Easy
  5. Castigadas En El Granero
  6. Solar Gap
  7. Chili Town
  8. Bamboo
  9. San Diego
  10. And I Will Send Your Flowers Back
  11. I'll Be Your Man
  12. Walking Home


Added on: September 9, 2015