- Guppy

Charly Bliss - Guppy
CRITIC SCORE
84
Based on 7 reviews
2017 Rank: #16 / 445
USER SCORE
75
Based on
79 ratings

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100
A.V. Club

Guppy, the debut album by Charly Bliss, is a nearly flawless exemplar of its kind, a record that captures a certain sound, mood, and energy with the passion and exuberance of a teen as-yet-uncrushed by life.

90
PopMatters

Guppy is a special release ... all you need is thirty minutes of hooks and riffs sung by a voice familiar the first time you hear it.

83
Consequence of Sound

Guppy lures you in with fine-crafted honey, before blindsiding you with a sudden downpour of vinegar (or piss, take your pick).

80
Exclaim!

Guppy is a hyper, loveable, endearing, gritty, catchy romp through early 20s confusion, love, lust, travel and therapy.

78
Pitchfork

The New York band breathes life into the poppier side of ’90s indie rock, and their debut is both wry and sincere in its expression of the endless crap conveyor belt that is life and love as a girl.

75
Northern Transmissions

Never stumbling but occasionally feeling a little too familiar, Guppy is a fun and energetic record that only suffers from feeling like we’ve seen it before.

70
AllMusic

Guppy may be just the ticket for those looking for a reprieve from the ubiquitous gloss of electro-pop, and they can have it without sacrificing catchiness or sunny vibrations.

Jun 27, 2017*
PJ_0707
90
Attitude, grit, angst, energy, hooks, loud guitar, and bratty vocals; Guppy has it all. This is a great debut from a promising band. A lot of the criticism gets to the point that it sounds like a caricature of 90's indie rock but it's all the better for it. This album is quick and efficient, in its short running time; every track leaves an impression and makes me excited to listen to it from the beginning again. There is no dull moment, Guppy isn't a chore to listen to. There is no pretense. ... read more
Apr 28, 2017
tigerballoon99
80
That's a goldfish
Apr 26, 2017*
JohnLouisHoward
0
a perfectly contrived imitation of an actual band. Chainsmokers for the noise pop set. if you want the real thing, listen to Speedy Ortiz or Dilly Dally, not this cheap generic knock-off. EDIT: I read in another review "there is no pretense here". Hello? I beg to differ. The whole thing is pretense. Music school brats gone punk brats. Graduate students acting like teenagers. Spencer Fox is an actor, for crying out loud. what isn't pretense here? They aren't a band. They play a band. ... read more
Aug 14, 2017
75
An obvious and unabashed throwback to mid-90s power bubblegum pop, "Guppy" sounds like the best 2017 candidate to soundtrack Clueless, thanks not just to big poppy guitar hooks but to Eva Hendricks' hyper-sugary vocals (which are a taste some just might not acquire). But critically, her voice isn't saccharine -- it's actually quite expressive, and her lyrics are impressively relatable. She's not angsty, just passing through all the regular insecurities of early adulthood, and the ... read more
Jul 24, 2017
VinylHound83
92
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Overall Rating: 92 out of 100 = 92%

Overall Opinion: I discovered these guys back in 2016. I love their 90's influenced garage bubble-grunge pop sound and the lead vocals are so completely unique it's like a pretty sounding train wreck you can't ignore or look away from. The album is near perfect and fits every one of my musical sweet ... read more
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