- Next Thing

Frankie Cosmos - Next Thing
CRITIC SCORE
77
Based on 17 reviews
2016 Rank: #176 / 722
USER SCORE
77
Based on
204 ratings

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CRITIC REVIEWS

85
Pitchfork

Her greatest talent remains her ability to transform minute-long songs into experiences that resemble hours of intimate and impressionistic conversation.

83
Consequence of Sound

Frankie Cosmos solidifies her style by strengthening her voice. Next Thing gives short songs life, chasing the vibe of impromptu chirps thanks to cushioned, velvety delivery.

83
Pretty Much Amazing

Next Thing truly is beautiful, if a little too slight to be counted among the greats in its genre. It doesn’t seem to strive for that type of greatness, though. It’s content to revel in purely being, basking in its own breathless embodiment of grace and lightness.

80
AllMusic

On an album that, from a musical perspective, seems incongruously loaded with self-doubt the material is consistently hooky, endearing, elegant, and uncommonly candid.

80
No Ripcord

Met on its own terms ... it’s a record that plays entirely to Kline’s strengths and confirms her as a worthy successor to the legacy of indie modesty.

80
DIY

There are no answers, no solutions to any problems, and no gateway doors through escapism, but for half an hour the record shines a light through confusion, and just for a while, it doesn’t have to feel like such a loss to be lost.

80
Spin

Unpretension remains integral to Frankie Cosmos’ appeal, but true to its title, her second proper album, Next Thing, marks several steps forward.

80
Drowned in Sound

Next Thing is an honest but beautified version of the mixed-up life of a city kid. 

80
FasterLouder

Kline now writes about her experiences with the strength and clarity of a person who is very much at ease with herself.

80
Clash

With her irresistible warble and unmistakable delivery, 21-year-old indie songstress Greta Kline has done well to carve out a niche that is distinctly her own in the remarkably redundant world of guitar-driven pop music.

70
Tiny Mix Tapes

Greta Kline’s thoughtful, crafted bedroom pop with a Bandcamp is rendered as thoughtful, crafted indie pop with a band.

70
Rolling Stone

Next Thing shows that as the group continues to grow up, Kline's clear-eyed observation and youthful disaffection only feel more vital.

70
Under The Radar

That heart on the sleeve, a stripped-down band that doesn't get in the way, and Cosmos' very cozy kinship with melody are what make this latest next thing as uplifting, unassuming, and utilitarian a collection of pop as the last, even as Cosmos continues to refine her craft. 

70
The Line of Best Fit

Where you’d think all this naval-gazing would be depressing, it’s actually surprisingly fluffy-sounding, as the up tempo guitars spread an optimistic sheen across the canvas.

60
The Skinny

For all her DIY charms, Next Thing continues to give credence to the view that the home studio environment might not quite meet the requirements of a songwriter blessed with such precocious talent.

60
Exclaim!

Next Thing is more likeable than moving, neither as intimate as her strongest bedroom recordings nor as revelatory as Zentropy.

Apr 1, 2016
KevinPasos
72
Essential Tracks - N/A
Jan 28, 2017
83
Se repite a momentos, pero merece ser escuchado varias veces.
Dec 27, 2016
77
An album of indie pop in the purest sense of the word -- this sounds like music recorded alone in the bedroom, for listening alone in the bedroom -- and this is more fully-formed than anything she's made before. All the songs can scan as cute and simple, but it's through this simplicity that Greta Kline is able to achieve her most cutting lines (I hear a new one I love each time), and to express universal sentiments.
Oct 28, 2016
somans
79
If you like songs which last longer than two minutes and forty-four seconds, move on, dear listener. If you're into that whole fifteen tracks in under half-an-hour thing, though, then Frankie Cosmos's Next Thing is the thing for you -- get it? (Wubba lubba dub dub.) Anyway, think of Cosmos (Greta Kline) as a delightful hybrid of Mal Blum, Adult Mom, Eskimeaux, and Mitski...oh, and if you're a fan of Porches, Kline used to be their bassist. It's a small musical world after all, isn't it? ... read more
Jul 31, 2016
chessmess
54
Really indie, just really indie. Boring, quirky, pleasing, eccentric, depressive, self-conscious. All at the same time. Very much the most indie thing of 2016. Everything in this record has been heard before, however.

Too many tracks. Tracks are hovering around the 2 mins mark. Feels like a half assed album.

Favorite track: Sappho (60, not much better than the other tracks)
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April 1, 2016 / Release Date
LP / Format
Bayonet / Label
Indie Pop / Genres
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END OF YEAR LISTS
# 28 - Consequence of Sound
# 35 - Crack Magazine
# 39 - Earbuddy
# 19 - Esquire (US)
# 30 - Gaffa (Norway)
# 29 - Paste
# 48 - Pitchfork
# 44 - Stereogum
# 26 - The Skinny
# 6 - The Wild Honey Pie
# 23 - Treble
# 32 - Under the Radar
Track List
  1. Floated In
  2. If I Had a Dog
  3. Fool
  4. Embody
  5. Too Dark
  6. Tour Good
  7. Interlude
  8. I'm 20
  9. On the Lips
  10. Sinister
  11. Is It Possible / Sleep Song
  12. Outside with the Cuties
  13. Sappho
  14. What If
  15. O Dreaded C Town


Added on: January 27, 2016