- Rocket

(Sandy) Alex G - Rocket
CRITIC SCORE
80
Based on 19 reviews
2017 Rank: #43 / 289
USER SCORE
79
Based on
80 ratings

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90
Exclaim!

Rocket is a true tour de force that cements (Sandy) Alex G snugly in the company of indie rock's great auteurs.

90
No Ripcord

It’s beautifully conflicted and human, and does provide a unique and unforgettable experience that will continue to charm with its paradoxical qualities for years to come.

88
Paste
He’s as interested in misshaping a great song as he is perfecting it. Most of the truly great ones have that quality. (Sandy) Alex G seems headed that way.
84
GIGsoup
‘Rocket’ represents quite a significant step forward for Giannascoli as he continues to experiment with new production techniques and instrumentation on his most introspective and thought provoking album yet.
84
Pitchfork

The Philadelphia musician has made a meticulously filtered and distorted document of indie rock. Though it’s his most accessible, his best traits remain his obtuse storytelling and oddly-shaped songs.

83
Consequence of Sound

As inscrutable as it can be at times, Giannascoli never betrays his purpose, making Rocket his most developed and accomplished album yet.

83
A.V. Club

Even though Rocket sometimes feels messy, only a songwriter as prolific and uninhibited as Giannascoli can make the chaos this thrilling and affecting.

80
The Line of Best Fit

At first listen, Rocket maintains Giannascoli’s strong presence that we’ve seen on previous albums, however, the album deserves an astute ear in order to unearth the full complexity of emotions of all the collaborators involved.

80
AllMusic

It all contributes to a recognizable sound that, despite having more players involved, sounds like (Sandy) Alex G in the way that one of his primary influences, Elliott Smith, always sounded like himself.

80
DIY

Slowing down and refining his output has allowed Alex the time to make ‘Rocket’ a brilliantly considered next step. It’s also his catchiest record yet.

80
musicOMH
This is perhaps the most diverse album of his career to date, which, considering his previous releases, is saying something.
80
The Guardian

It is at times unpleasant, but Rocket has no ambitions to score a dinner party. The frantic interchanging of emotions – like the internal monologue of someone with a hellish hangover at ATP in 2009 – is a challenging, ambitious progression.

80
Under The Radar
It's unpolished and emotionally brave, in touch and free as the wind. It's really something.
80
Clash
It may be tongue-in-cheek, but the self-made Bandcamp veteran has indeed grown to be somewhat of a big fish in the small pond of indie rock, and ‘Rocket’ is beyond doubt the new crown jewel of his already sizable catalogue.
70
Crack Magazine

If DSU was the bedroom classic, then Rocket is the record for which Alex Giannascoli came outside to enjoy his time under the sun.

70
The 405
It’s a step that highlights his growth as a producer, his creativity as a songwriter, and his ear as an arranger, even if these elements don’t always come together to produce a cohesive listening experience.
70
PopMatters

On Rocket, Alex G proves that he is a very talented artist whose strength lies in his understanding of character.

65
Northern Transmissions

While virtually overloaded with talent and ideas, the major failing of Rocket is its lack of control or focused creativity. For every interesting moment there’s a derivative song structure and quirky progression with bland instrumentation.

60
Loud and Quiet

(Sandy) Alex G still sounds like he’s refining a sound of his own on ‘Rocket’, but hearing him do it in real-time is still a thrill.

BuffaloStaple
85
Yeaaa I love this, some really likeable and dynamic folk/indie rock music on this album in my opinion. I think instrumentally it's front to back really pleasant and well composed, I like how lyrically personal it occasionally gets on tracks like Powerful Man and Proud. I think it also has a good sense of playfulness and fun too, it isn't afraid to take risks and surprise the listener occasionally as well. It can be a little uneventful at times and his vocals aren't always the most satisfying to ... read more
MySoftBulletin
92
there is something about this album, I'm not sure just what it is, that I am infatuated with.
85
this is so bloody weird and I LOVE IT
thisisabtlgrnd
87
What a delightfully strange little album. It's mostly got a melancholy alt-country flavor to it, but it has some truly astonishing left hooks as well, like a noise-punk number and even a (gorgeous) autotune ballad. Remarkably, though, it all hangs together in its earthy, romantic vibe. To me, (Sandy) Alex G imagines a new, post-millennial vision of folk music with Rocket that draws equally from traditional and synthetic sounds. It feels equally suited as a soundtrack to a sprawling, ... read more
88
(Sandy) Alex G's new album is a beautiful and frustrating listen. Rocket should go down as a companion to Beach Music since both albums explore a myriad of sounds and styles, almost to a fault. On Beach Music especially, the scope of the sound sometimes causes a lack of cohesion.

On Rocket though, Giannascoli blends the different genres and sounds to great effect. We have country-influenced tracks ("Bobby"), a hardcore homage ("Brick"), a Frank Ocean-inspired track ... read more
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Added on: March 2, 2017