Pinegrove - Cardinal
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Based on 7 reviews
2016 Rank: #68 / 722
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Based on 204 ratings
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Consequence of Sound

Pinegrove builds and burns a lot on Cardinal, and they’re left with the hard-earned knowledge that everything’s probably going to be alright. It’s not the stuff teenage anthems are made of, maybe, but maturity comes with its own small pleasures.

In another place and time, Pinegrove could have ridden a self-assured record like this to widespread indie acclaim. Instead, it feels like an act of generosity, a record lovingly crafted and intimately written, full of sounds, observations, and emotional realizations that you didn’t know you wanted in 2016, but, in fact, needed desperately.

Cardinal feels like one big determined push outward, an album-length fight against solipsism without losing your sense of self in the process.

The Montclair, New Jersey's band's sound — off-the-cuff, loose heart-on-sleeve indie-rock cut with Americana — is the perfect vessel for that kind of premature twilight, anxiety and loss. Above all else, it feels so goddamned natural.
What they lack in showiness or branding, they make up for in honesty and slightly battered spirit.
What’s unique about Pinegrove is how they compress uncertainty, doubt and fear without being overbearing.
Pretty Much Amazing

While it never really strives for inventiveness, Cardinal is steeped in honesty so raw and delivered so loosely that it almost feels like a private show that your friends would put on in your basement. There’s no flash here, just a finely crafted batch of searingly personal indie rock songs.

Mar 9, 2016
Having trouble enjoying the lead singer's voice on a lot of the tracks here, but the production and writing is pretty solid, might grow on me overtime. Not bad.
Sep 3, 2017
Canciones Favoritas: Aphasia
Mar 16, 2017
A fantastic album that is great all the way through. There are so many wonderful tracks on this album and there is so much personality and brilliance put into the performances and lyrics. Tracks such as "Cadmium", "Size of the Moon", and "Aphasia" are unforgettable. This is a great album.
Jan 7, 2017
So glad that this album got some end-of-year recognition, it's great! Nobody is making music quite like Pinegrove right now -- sonically, it almost sounds like a second-wave emo singer fronting an alt-country band -- but the feel of the album is distinctly indie rock, and they're writing some of the most exciting songs I heard all year. The lyricism is consistently impressive and is definitely a record that should resonate especially with the 15-30 demographic. Overall, though, they succeed in ... read more
Nov 26, 2016
“Cardinal” is less an introspective album analyzing life’s anxieties, instead, it’s much more an album about handling and overcoming them.

This year we’ve had our fair share of emo-infused indie rock records (“Goodness”, “American Football”, “Camp Cope”) and it has been anything but disappointing, reviving a sound that entreats emotional response from its listeners, often becoming a paramount part of fans’ lives who cling ... read more

Added on: January 6, 2016