- Hang

Foxygen - Hang
CRITIC SCORE
72
Based on 16 reviews
2017 Rank: #12 / 20
USER SCORE
68
Based on
68 ratings

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90
PopMatters

Hang is the sound of a group of pop music pirates taking their nostalgia-steeped aesthetic to its gloriously overblown conclusion. Holding absolutely nothing back, Foxygen deliver an absurdly grandiose album that should not work nearly as well as it does.

85
The 405

Utterly theatrical, it represents without presenting; evokes without mentioning; transports without moving. It's as fake as the time we're living in, and as fascinating as our own decadence.

85
The Line of Best Fit

While Hang doesn’t explore much new ground, that’s never really been on Foxygen's agenda. It's a great return all the same.

85
Under The Radar

This is a pointedly unhip album, and that's part of what makes it so refreshing. Few other artists would embark on a project so absurdly lavish in fear that one wrong step would result in curdled cheese; Foxygen, thankfully, aren't so damn afraid.

83
A.V. Club

This is perhaps Foxygen’s most ambitious album to date, and few would suggest that the act’s played it safe thus far. But while the band’s overall discography has been a mixed bag, on Hang, Foxygen hits its stride, a well-oiled machine confident in its surfeit of songwriting abilities and wieldy powers.

80
AllMusic

They go all in on Hang, so while it may draw its share of eye rolls, for those who play along, it's a triumph of extravagance and theatricality served with a wink and a chorus line.

80
NME
That’s perhaps ‘Hang’’s biggest accomplishment – reeling Foxygen back in and refocusing them for a brilliant and unexpected return to form.
70
Slant Magazine

Hang is composed of clean, airy, carefully arranged symphonic pop, all recorded with the aid of a 40-plus-piece orchestra. This venture into polished non-rock styles robs Foxygen of some of their spontaneity.

70
Pitchfork

With Hang, Foxygen have proven their capacity for lavish spectacle, but they’re still at their best when they give themselves the freedom to roam.

70
Exclaim!

As Foxygen continue with their disparate series of throwback experiments, Hang finds them closer than ever to striking a balance between their wild, ambitious ideas and innate strengths.

67
Consequence of Sound

Hang is a firm declaration of emotional intensity.

60
The Guardian

At first the wackiness is too much to digest ... Yet against the odds, Hang does reward patience – there’s a Todd Rundgren-esque devotion to melody throughout.

60
Clash

‘Hang’ is like an oversized bowl of mushy oatmeal: invigorating for just long enough to keep you from noticing how incredibly nauseous you’ve become.

59
Paste

Foxygen recorded all eight tracks on Hang with a symphony orchestra, giving the album a sense of technical accomplishment and musical depth that help mask the fact that these songs are mostly just a series of stylized poses from a band that doesn’t have a fixed identity of its own.

50
Loud and Quiet
It all adds up to the feeling that Foxgen’s main talent is repurposing the past, and that they lack an original voice of their own.
20
Drowned in Sound

That’s the crux of Hang - the orchestra tries so desperately to stage this cool retro show, but there are so many glaring holes in the script.

SiberianBreaks
71
Hang is without a doubt a return-to-form for the California-based duo, but with its over-indulgence into wacky theatrics and pretentious concepts, there's no reason for it not to be just as polarizing as their last effort. For me personally, I say bring it on with the absurdities because Hang's outrageous offering of them only continues to solidify Foxygen as perhaps the most interesting group in psych revivalism.

If the duo has dabbled largely in the styles of 70's glam rock and 60's unhinged ... read more
MarkCooper
26
This is yet again a nauseatingly colorful and self-aggrandizing album by them. They can throw as many choir ensembles, instruments, time changes, and yearning cheesy string sections they want behind them, I'm not gonna be convinced they're "intellectual." Not buying the act. They basically took my main complaints about their other stuff and blew it so far out of proportion I may never listen to another release by them. I need to mentally prepare myself for all the next-level hipsters ... read more
Zkull
60
"THE POINT OF FOXYGEN IS TO REMIND YOU OF SHIT YOU ALREADY LIKE" - Noisey
pouls
85
Foxygen made what is quite possibly the best album that they've released. It's not a perfect album by any means, it has its flaws, but it is such an improvement from their other stuff. It seems that they came back to the clean sound in this one, and they've abandoned the lo-fi sound of the last album. And the results in this album are absolutely fantastic. They came up with an album that is much more ambitious, much more grand, and much more fleshed out than the last album.
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lerkenfeldt
71
Foxygen have never taken themselves too seriously, and the still dont on 'Hang'. It's a fun, experimental and quite theatrical record. But luckily it never crosses over into the self-indulgent and weird for the sake of being weird territory. What it lacks though is a bit more substance, the album works well when you play it from start to finish, but it really lacks standout moments.

Favorite moments: Follow The Leader, On Lankershim.
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Added on: November 2, 2016