AOTY 2017
Powerplant
Girlpool - Powerplant
Critic Score
Based on 17 reviews
2017 Ratings: #237 / 653
User Score
Based on 106 ratings
2017 Ratings: #165
Your Review

CRITIC REVIEWS

100
The Skinny

Ardently absorb all that there is to feel in this LP, and expect its lullaby-like melodies to draw from you that which is so deeply buried you don’t even know it exists.

83
Pitchfork

Girlpool's sound gets bigger on their sophomore LP, but Cleo Tucker and Harmony Tividad’s voices still sit center stage in all their vulnerable glory.

83
Consequence of Sound

Everywhere on Powerplant, Girlpool explore the energy and shape of contrariety and emptiness.

80
God Is in the TV

At once soft and fragile, bitter and abrasive, Powerplant is like eating a bag of sherbet lemons.

80
Exclaim!

It's singular, creative work with pure intent; that makes Girlpool an important band, and it makes Powerplant an authentic, beautiful, effective record.

80
The Guardian

With only two songs passing the three-minute mark, this is blink-and-you’ll-miss-it angst, but deserving of your attention nonetheless.

80
Drowned in Sound

Music is cathartic for Girlpool, allowing them to share their honest expressions while simultaneously allowing the listener to impose their own perceptions.

80
Northern Transmissions
This record will require some repeat listens to really get past an inherently sparse use of pop that may be off-putting at first, but becomes a dynamic tool the more you listen.
80
No Ripcord

Powerplant is a hooky, candid and sharp-witted portrait of young adulthood that engages with adept effortlessness.

75
Under The Radar

Girlpool base their songwriting around tenderness, vulnerability, and a complete disinterest in pretending not to embrace those things, and Powerplant finds them at their most transparent.

70
Loud and Quiet

It maintains enough of Girlpool’s naïve charm to carry forward their early fans, although ‘Powerplant’’s real success is in its ambition to extend the duo’s core appeal.

70
AllMusic

They've retained a wonderfully snotty, punk-informed approach, and that hasn't been lost on Powerplant.

69
GIGsoup

'Powerplant' signifies a slight step back from 'Before the World Was Big' for Girlpool. By no means is it a "slump," but it is far from a breakout release.

67
A.V. Club

The rest of Powerplant’s brief 29-minute running time can’t quite live up to “123,” though it has plenty of powerful moments.

65
The 405

With their pop melodies more smoothly defined, and the whole thing tied to the regular rise and fall of percussive accompaniment, something is lost.

60
DIY

The beefing up of Girlpool’s sound on ‘Powerplant’ works marvellously in parts, but at points serves to dilute the individuality the pair presented on their debut.

60
Crack Magazine

Initially, it feels as though there is something to mourn in the loss of the unadorned simplicity of Girlpool’s earlier material, which spoke so effectively to the childlike energy they sought to portray. But the matured complexity mirrors that of the artists within the music.

Nov 14, 2017
blinkclyro
80
In short, the up and coming duo have provided one of the surprise albums of this year. A truly energetic recounting of love and loss that lives by the mythos of less is more, and does so with an undeniable style.
Jun 21, 2017
PJ_0707
68
The first half of Powerplant is strong; the instrumentation is impressive and the songs carry hooks that pack a punch. however, after the title track things start to blend together and sound too similar to what came before. What would be a stunning EP becomes an album weighed down by too much filler.
Jun 6, 2017
plowo
73
Favs: 123, Sleepless and Corner Store.
Jun 3, 2017
JohnLouisHoward
92
gets better with every listen. also, they make the best videos.
May 30, 2017
Felindie
70
Fav Tracks: Powerplant, Static Somewhere
END OF YEAR LISTS
#36/Stereogum
#45/Pitchfork
#85/Crack Magazine
Track List
  1. 123
  2. Sleepless
  3. Corner Store
  4. Your Heart
  5. Kiss and Burn
  6. Fast Dust
  7. Powerplant
  8. High Rise
  9. Soup
  10. She Goes By
  11. It Gets More Blue
  12. Static Somewhere
Contributions By
patton, thisisabtlgrnd, philthy


Added on: March 6, 2017