AOTY 2017
Try Not To Freak Out
Sløtface - Try Not To Freak Out
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2017 Ratings: #227 / 653
User Score
Based on 32 ratings
2017 Ratings: #183
September 15, 2017 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
DIY
Handling pop punch with the same rightful care as punk rebellion, Sløtface aren’t indebted to any of their touchstones. Instead they’re mashing them to new, distinctive effect.
81
GIGsoup
There are no debut album nerves from this assertive bunch and Shea’s forceful vocals together with Lasse Lokøy’s punchy bass lines are memorable features of just about every track.
80
The Skinny
Sløtface’s songs reach out to a disenfranchised youth, much like the pop-punk bands that dominated the airwaves in the late 90s and early 00s did. Although the band members may be too young to remember that time, they are doing a good job of making those who can nostalgic for it.
80
Clash
Despite self-doubt playing such a prevalent part, ‘Try Not to Freak Out’, is a bold, confident record that doesn’t shy from occasional moments of tenderness.
80
NME
Whether the world picks up – or we continue freaking out for a little while longer, we’re blessed to have Sløtface providing the bangers until the bitter end.
80
God Is in the TV

That Sløtface exist should be enough for us all, we need energetic shouty young people to form bands, create catchy riffs and remind us all that we were all young once. Try Not To Freak is no masterpiece but it’s their masterpiece and quite frankly that should be sufficient for us all.

80
The 405

Sløtface’s super charged punk pop will leave your head spinning, but once you’ve stopped freaking out, you’ll be hitting repeat on this joyful, spiky little beast over and over.

75
A.V. Club

As a whole, Try Not To Freak Out is a joyful blast, a John Hughes soundtrack on steroids that never loses its sunny disposition.

74
Paste

Try Not To Freak Out is a solid rock record throughout.

70
Under The Radar
The Norwegian four-piece manage to be both a throwback and something refreshingly forward looking as a result.
60
The Independent

Most of the tracks on here would be right at home on a deluxe edition of the 10 Things I Hate About You soundtrack; their update on pop punk is fuelled by nostalgia for that late Nineties/early Noughties sound and bolstered by criticism of injustice in 2017.

50
The Line of Best Fit
It starts off all very refreshing. But after a few listens, you'll be left wondering whether it's something we actually really need.
Nov 14, 2017
blinkclyro
80
The rebellious tidings of Slotface, balanced by some care-free but equally fine-tuned anthems, leaves their debut feeling like something important: it’s a cliche to constantly reference in reviews of our current political climate but Try Not To Freak Out shows that you can care about shit while also having a fucking good time in the process.
Sep 15, 2017
VinylHound83
84
Magazine - 10/10
Galaxies - 8/10
Pitted - 9/10
Sun Bleached - 8/10
Pools - 7/10
Night Guilt - 8/10
Try - 7/10
Nancy Drew - 8/10
Slumber - 9/10
It's Coming to a Point - NOT RATED INTERLUDE
Backyard - 10/10

Overall RAting: 84 out of 100 = 84%
END OF YEAR LISTS
#28/God Is In The TV
#52/Drowned in Sound
Track List
  1. Magazine
  2. Galaxies
  3. Pitted
  4. Sun Bleached
  5. Pools
  6. Night Guilt
  7. Try
  8. Nancy Drew
  9. Slumber
  10. It's Coming to a Point
  11. Backyard
Contributions By
patton, thisisabtlgrnd, Novell_sx


Added on: May 14, 2017