- Hang

Foxygen - Hang
CRITIC SCORE
69
Based on 21 reviews
2017 Rank: #215 / 289
USER SCORE
69
Based on
147 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.
75
Northern Transmissions

The album retains an unpredictability of sound while maintaining tight production and detailed compositions. Sometimes the intention is hard to locate through the madness but overall it is very entertaining.

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.

70
GIGsoup

‘Hang’ is an incredibly optimistic album, one that runs on diggable campiness and flower power. It’s almost hilariously old-fashioned, but it’s adventurous enough to feel like something brand new.

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.

58
Pretty Much Amazing

There’s a dizzying amount of ideas flying around in Hang’s 33 minutes, but the vast majority of them aren’t developed enough for me to get anything concrete out of them.

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.
50
No Ripcord

Hang appears as an album of ambition that outdoes itself so spectacularly that it appears as a jazzed up, Disney-esque caricature of its own end product.

40
The Independent

Sometimes, sheer ambition can render music too top-heavy to succeed. Hang, by Los Angeles duo Foxygen, is a case in point.

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
EMR
66
American indie/glam-rock revivalist duo Foxygen is back with a bright and pompous set of songs in their new album Hang - a maximalist, symphonic brand of nostalgic rock that seems to have come out of the 50s/60s in a time where the Broadway's musical shows were on top. The vocals are quite over-the-top, the performances and the overall atmosphere is as teatrical as they come and, for the most part, the band manages to incorporate that whole imagery to their sound (here, embellished by Matthew ... read more
thisisabtlgrnd
82
I'm a fan. Foxygen has been pretty hit or miss for me in the past, but I think they really come through here with a ridiculously creative set of songs that are significantly enhanced by the lush, over-the-top production style. So many of these songs are just bursting with ideas, restlessly hopping between rhythms and even genres yet somehow still making total sense.

The lyrics, though shallow on the surface, reveal a hidden depth in their subtle critiques of America's current gilded age. While ... read more
BuffaloStaple
79
Really sweet album, it's actually grown on me a little bit after a few more listens and i'd say this is probably my 2nd fav album of 2017 so far behind that new Code Orange record. Hang reminds me of a really orchestral and elaborate stage show/musical given how much is going on in all of these tracks, it's very grandiose and epic and gives the record a lot of character and a good sense of playfulness and fun too. My main issue is that by the end, it feels like they are running out of ideas for ... read more
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Added on: November 2, 2016