AOTY 2017
Cage Tropical
Frankie Rose - Cage Tropical
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2017 Ratings: #295 / 653
User Score
Based on 38 ratings
2017 Ratings: #342
August 11, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
Slumberland, Grey Market / Label
Dream Pop / Genres
frankierose.info / Website
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CRITIC REVIEWS

91
A.V. Club

Cage Tropical, recorded on a shoestring budget and born out of her brief depression, is her best and most resonant record yet.

80
The Skinny

Cage Tropical taps into the eighties sounds that have always felt like Rose’s calling card, but also has her dipping her proverbial toe into uncharted territory.

80
AllMusic

Cage Tropical isn't a pastiche and it isn't a joke, and if it had come out in 1985 -- and it seems like it should have -- it would be one of the classic albums of the era, right up there with Crocodiles or Hounds of Love.

77
Pitchfork

With subtle tweaks to her sound, Frankie Rose shows that her glossy new-wave style can be a way of cutting through the murk to find clarity.

70
Under The Radar

While this doesn't scale the heights of Interstellar, it's still a very good album from a fantastic artist.

70
Exclaim!

Cage Tropical offers up a driven, more confident side of Rose, showcasing her growth as artist since Herein Wild.

70
Paste

In paranormal terms, Cage Tropical is an elegant ghost that slips into your dreams and leaves you with only vague memories of the experience. That would be fine if Frankie weren’t so close to doing something really haunting.

70
The 405

Ultimately, despite its broodier and moodier efforts, Cage Tropical never really hits the heights of Interstellar. However, Rose continues to prove that she doesn’t need to dive into anything so sophisticated as Greek mythology or abstract philosophy to communicate her emotions.

60
Drowned in Sound

What kills me there – not just with this album, but with all others that follow Cocteau Twins’ blueprints – is how these potentially limitless spheres shrink into 2D canvases of agonised cool, stylised stills from Ah-Ha’s 'Take Me On' reanimated countless times over to portray love.

60
The Guardian
It’s all lovely, although some songs drift into pretty but insubstantial washes of sound, so the album may not quite pack the punch needed to change her fortunes.
Aug 11, 2017
cshults
85
Great album. Unless you are Drowned in Sound. Then this will give you nightmares of a-Ha (or should I say "Ah-Ha"?)
Aug 17, 2017
abdcorner
64
It's nice, but easily forgotten.
Aug 11, 2017
JohnLouisHoward
90
love it. a step forward from Insterstellar, though a step back in history for influences, themes, and vibes. the result is velvety goodness and the best Frankie Rose to date.
END OF YEAR LISTS
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Track List
  1. Love in Rockets
  2. Dyson Sphere
  3. Trouble
  4. Art Bell
  5. Dancing Down the Hall
  6. Cage Tropical
  7. Game to Play
  8. Red Museum
  9. Epic Slack
  10. Decontrol
Contributions By
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Added on: June 14, 2017