Bully - Losing
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Based on 11 reviews
2017 Rank: #383 / 623
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Based on 26 ratings
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Northern Transmissions
Bringing a deeply personal record, this release finds Bully vulnerable yet strong, for a record that soars on its decidedly honest lyrics.
The Line of Best Fit

Now two years wiser, Bognanno has returned with the follow up, and her Sub Pop debut, Losing - an album even more focused and emphatic than its predecessor.

With the world often seeming like a bleakly real episode of Black Mirror these days, ‘Losing’ - a record that expresses the paralysing feeling of helpless that comes from watching it all unfold - is both timely and cathartic.

Growing up is hard but Bully make it sound exhilarating.

A.V. Club

Even at that short running time, Losing’s 12 songs start to blur together toward the end, but the album’s many charms keep that from becoming a liability.


The band’s second album, Losing, is grimier and less sugar-slick than their 2015 debut, Feels Like, where songs like “Trying” and “Milkman” offered hooks so punchy they bordered on pop-punk. Here, by contrast, Bognanno seems frozen in the moment where she’s poised to jump but hasn’t left the ground yet, tensed and ready to strike as she sings out the snags in her interpersonal malaise.

Rolling Stone
By delving inward, they carve a path forward.

The band might not have developed their sound, but they have made their feelings more explicit.

Consequence of Sound

Losing adjusts the pace of the chase while adding in more decorations, some that move from the background to forefront and help flip the beauty from fleeting to persistent.

It may feel a little too familiar for those who experienced the '90s alt-rock boom firsthand, but those who didn't will no doubt be able to extract and enjoy its vibrancy.
Drowned in Sound

There’s nothing inherently bad about anything on Losing, but nothing’s going to stick around, either. It’s also not enough to say that those who don’t remember the Nineties are the record’s intended audience, so originality doesn’t matter as much. That’s insulting to both band and listener.

Oct 20, 2017
Bully‘s sophomore album “Losing” lacks the significant impact that a straightforward rock album is supposed to make

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Track List
  1. Feel the Same
  2. Kills to Be Resistant
  3. Running
  4. Seeing It
  5. Guess There
  6. Blame
  7. Focused
  8. Not the Way
  9. Spiral
  10. Either Way
  11. You Could Be Wrong
  12. Hate and Control

Added on: August 1, 2017