Puberty 2
Mitski - Puberty 2
Critic Score
Based on 24 reviews
2016 Rank: #10 / 722
User Score
Based on 408 ratings
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
A.V. Club

Puberty 2 exposes new dimensions to Mitski’s voice, revealing its true richness and range. Mitski is an exceptionally keen observer of the human condition, and Puberty 2 marks a triumphant new step in her evolution.

91
Consequence of Sound
While this might sound like dangerous territory for an artist who’s known for searing riffs and vicious live performances that include screaming into the pickups of her guitar, Mitski uses her voice to measure the slightest nuances within complex emotions.
90
AllMusic
A visceral work that shares the immediacy of classic punk and confessional singer/songwriter fare at once, Puberty 2 takes listeners behind closed doors with the kind of no-holds-barred lyrics that are likely to leave a lasting impression.
90
Loud and Quiet

‘Puberty 2’ features all of those teenage troughs, and the confusing, thrilling peaks too – the starry eyes, manic ambition and constant distraction of sex.

90
Spin

It’s a high-watermark of post-irony indie, a cracked safe of perspectives previously unheard in lump-throated punk. It plays like a sketchbook, but you’ll grow to hum every Sharpie stroke.

90
FasterLouder

Puberty 2 captures the sense of frustration, resignation and self-awareness that can only come from years of grappling with emotional demons: now, she holds her vulnerability with confidence, in anthemic and improbably striking songs, for all to see.

90
Exclaim!

Mitski has long been an integral part of the indie rock world, but with Puberty 2, Miyawaki has proven that she is more vital and more necessary than ever. No other artist is writing music this open and accessible; as a result, Puberty 2 is one of the best records of the year so far.

85
The 405
It's sometimes easy to forget that Mitski didn't technically enter the greater music consciousness until last year, and what makes that worth pointing out is that despite her hitting her stride and turning out the most accomplished album of her career yet, she sounds like she's only getting started.
85
Pitchfork
On her fourth album, Mitski makes a resounding personal statement and stakes out her territory as one of the most compelling voices in the sphere of indie rock.
85
Under The Radar

What Puberty 2 so expertly unearths is the fact that the uncertainty of puberty basically just means you're alive. That exploration alone would make Puberty 2 an interesting album, but Mitski Miyawaki's songwriting prowess makes it into something special. 

83
Pretty Much Amazing
As confessional as singer/songwriters; as confrontational as punk. People have brought up St. Vincent in comparison because both are women and both wield guitars (sometimes noisily), but Annie Clark has never been this naked and poseless.
80
The Skinny

Featuring crunchy guitars, squeals of feedback and masterful melodicism, comparisons to Pinkerton are inevitable, but there's more nuance and maturity at work here.

80
The Line of Best Fit

Equal amounts tender and wild, Mitski places power in vulnerability. Validating every topsy turvy emotion, Puberty 2 is a soundtrack of self-awareness and self-acceptance at its most real.

80
Drowned in Sound

Growing ever more creative, with music ever more intriguing and beautiful, Puberty 2 represents the latest natural step in a career going from strength to strength.

80
NOW Magazine
In the two years between records, the "half-Japanese, half-American but not fully either" songwriter has added heft to her sound and complexity to her lyrics.
80
The Guardian
Bright Eyes-esque confessional folk, riot grrrl and the quiet-loud dynamics of the Pixies are all present, but Mitski updates these reference points with a modernist twist.
80
DIY

‘Puberty 2’ leaves no stone unturned in its attempt to make grim tales seem even worse than you could possibly imagine. It’s a brutally tough shock to the system, one that will leave its trace for years to come.

80
Tiny Mix Tapes

It continues her infatuation with love, loneliness, betrayal, hunger, and the afflictions from both sadness and happiness.

80
Clash

The songs sway with gravitas and hit home whether you’re wrestling with innate and confounding dependence (‘Crack Baby’) or trying to pilot your own mental health (‘Happy’), Mitski feels dedicated to those who, for once, just want to set their own pace.

80
PopMatters
The progression is so drastic, it at once insists that this is an artist not done growing, and a surefire source of future classics. This album may very well turn out to be one, after we’ve all spent some well-deserved months of listening.
80
No Ripcord

Mitski’s boldness is hugely impressive, and couple that with the fact the record is so expertly mixed and edited, she has produced one of the year’s more complete LPs.

80
God Is in the TV

It’s essentially misery-laden electric-guitar indie rock, in the style of Cat Power and Waxahatchee – but her nihilist worldview is oddly endearing.

79
Northern Transmissions

Despite the all-pervasive blue mood Mitski spreads throughout her songs, there’s plenty of spirited, anthemic moments to latch onto with Puberty 2.

70
Rolling Stone

As bawdy and unpredictable as anyone is in their first puberty, Puberty 2 shows Miyawaki indulging her whims with a devil-may-care attitude – the result is an incendiary self-portrait.

Jun 21, 2016
lerkenfeldt
88
On ‘Puberty 2’ Mitski emerges as one of the strongest female voices out there. The album is an emotional “tour de force” exploring all sorts of themes, but always with Mitski herself at the centre. It’s crushingly honest, sometimes too the point where you, as the listener feel uncomfortable. But for some reason, it just works.

And it not just the lyrics on ‘Puberty 2’ that works. The instrumentation is nearly as perfect and hard hitting, distorted ... read more
Jun 15, 2016
BonoLightier
86
Este álbum é tão bom que nem consegui escrever uma crítica em inglês. Fiquei verbalmente bloqueado. As letras são tão cruas e honestas e o trabalho vocal de Mitski é emocionalmente surpreendente.Grande candidato a Álbum do Ano
Jun 26, 2016*
pstaggs
90
The acoustic bass hasn’t been used to as ominous an effect as that found on the first half of this album since Violent Femmes’ self-titled first LP. Like Violent Femmes, Puberty 2 uses a combination of simple instrumentation and unassuming, yet, somehow, unsettling vocals to create a cathartic feeling like no other. Unlike Violent Femmes, which was essentially an album length ode to blue balls, Puberty 2 is a very liberating and VERY feminine project.

In fact, this album is so ... read more
Jun 18, 2016
winitheju
96
Mitski offers one of the most honest, introspective albums of the decade so far. Musically the twists and turns of this album are exciting: the percussion and horns on "Happy", the electric guitars on "Your Best American Girl." Reminiscent of some of the best female artists of previous years, namely St. Vincent and Angel Olsen. Although the ending may be a little subdued, this album is nearly perfect. Best record for 20-somethings since Modern Vampires of the City. Can't ... read more
Aug 31, 2016
Raincoat
81
Through a hazy lo-fi mist, Mitski looks back on adolescence in confessional lyrics and rich vocals with bleak resignation and self-awareness. It's difficult to praise this album as I'd like to when the tracks blend together so much, but certain moments still cut through — slicing past the thick fog — and when they hit they leave quite an impact.

Highlights: "Fireworks", "Thursday Girl", "Crack Baby"


Added on: March 5, 2016