I Don't Run

Hinds - I Don't Run
Critic Score
Based on 22 reviews
2018 Ratings: #290 / 794
User Score
Based on 143 ratings
2018 Ratings: #491
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April 6, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
Mom+Pop / Label
Indie Rock, Lo-Fi / Genres
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Northern Transmissions
It would be easy to imagine Hinds’ lo-fi raucous energy could wear out, but the dynamic harmonies have only gotten louder on their latest record.
Drowned in Sound
Hinds are here to have fun, whether you like it or not. They may not push past boundaries they are comfortable with, but they have identified the qualities that make them special – carving out their own niche in the modern music spectrum of loveable lo-fi embedded with off-kilter charm.
‘I Don’t Run’ is an assured step forward that loses none of the distinctive appeal of 2016’s debut album ‘Leave Me Alone’. Hinds expand on their DIY vocabulary of buzzing, duelling guitars; nimble vocal interplay; bouncing, bopping bass and sympathetic drums.
The Skinny
The Madrid lo-fi favourites broke through with their 2016 debut, and their time since spent touring the world has fed a follow-up that’s deft and meditative. It bears the bruises of a sharp rise to fame, but Hinds have dodged growing pains in favour of digging deeper in to the four-piece’s irrepressible dynamic.
You can only imagine how massive they’d have been if they were around in 2006. Yet the group is actually set in a more classic mould than that – they’ve been known to cover ‘Davey Crocket (Gabba Hey’) by the Headcoatees. As with that garage band from the early ‘90s, Hinds’ superficial naivety contains real songwriting smarts.
The Line of Best Fit

I Don’t Run is cut from precisely the same musical cloth as Leave Me Alone, all languid vocal takes, chirpy lo-fi guitars and scratchy production. The overall feel of it, though, is different, and sounds every inch the work of a band who came off the road not worn out and ready for a break, but itching to dive back into writing whilst the engine was still running.

The Independent

I Don’t Run feels fuller than Hinds’ debut perhaps because of the confidence the band gained on the tour grind. With their latest work, the songs aren’t so much layered in jokes as they’re vying to be taken seriously- something they’ve earned.

Like its title, ‘I Don’t Run’ is firm, assured, and powerful.
They've got the songs, they've got the attitude, and they've got the sound; all their potential has been realized and it's a joy to experience.
Rolling Stone
Whatever the proportions, their second LP is a gem of indie-rock-revivalism, making faux-naif surf licks and Mo Tucker drum beats seem new all over again.
The Observer
Despite the frequently shambolic nature of these C86-indebted songs, they’re always warm-sounding.
No Ripcord

I Don’t Run never ventures too far away from convention, but it doesn’t need to. It’s that familiarity that allows them to ramp up the sentimentality without coming across as kitsch.


More deliberate, more considered, ‘I Don’t Run’ is bigger than Hinds have dared to tread before, but thankfully, they still haven’t painted over the cracks.

The 405

I Don’t Run can be misread as an album of fun alternative rock songs, but under the surface it is so much more, every instrument feels perfectly in place to create a wide range of songs. Varying emotions and a distinctly more mature Hinds.


If Hinds’ 2016 debut, Leave Me Alone, presented more discrete genre exercises, I Don’t Run melts down its ’60s girl-group, ’90s twee, and post-DeMarco indie-pop influences down into a lustrous swirl befitting its superior songcraft.

'I Don’t Run’ advances Hinds’ endearing charm and esprit de corps, which in turn makes this another totally enjoyable listen.
Crack Magazine

On paper Hinds may seem like any other indie band who jump around with their guitars, but the songs they write are pertinent and affectionate, and I Don’t Run basks in that vitality.

FLOOD Magazine

Hinds created this record with an agenda—theirs, not yours.

A.V. Club

If Hinds’ 2016 debut, Leave Me Alone, was suffused with easygoing party music, there’s a more bracingly direct vibe on follow-up I Don’t Run, even as it is more wide-ranging and expansive in structure and style.

Despite clocking in at only 11 songs long, the record, strangely, feels slightly overlong. But while it mightn’t be as carefree as their first, a charming looseness remains.
God Is in the TV
This rigid predictability can grow tiresome on a 11-track LP, especially when you hear intriguing little hints of how they could grow.
Under The Radar

I Don't Run isn't a bad record, or a regression, nor is it the continued ascent the band had hinted at. Instead, it's a meandering detour through chill, lo-fi, and sometimes flat songs.



What I love about I Don't Run is that it's brimmed with personality. I will be the first to admit the vocals on this are really great- some may even go as far to call them "bad". But I feel the unkemptness and just disorientated and whiny sound of the lead singer's vocals adds so much to this record. Hinds' debut is catchy and loud with a punk attitude carried out over a laid back, indie rock productions. Songs like Finally ... read more
It has been a while since I reviewed ANYTHING and I felt like this album is one of those albums deserving of more reviews. I've been put on this album by @Dokrrz and I think many people of music twitter will recognize that name.

This record just exudes their drive to succeed, it just feels so airtight, all the while there's so much direct energy to gain when listening to this record. There's nothing groundbreaking about this record and it sounds like they've found their sound with their album ... read more
A fun album, yes, but not enough to distract me from the little value it offers in other departments: perhaps it’ll be an album that I’ll warm up to over the summer.
here,in spain, people hate their music. i used to, too.

but i've listened this new sophomore album and, well, it's not that bad. they sound better, cleaner and tuneful.
I saw huge potential from their debut, hoping this is great

Edit: it good
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Track List

  1. The Club
  2. Soberland
  3. Linda
  4. New For You
  5. Echoing My Name
  6. Tester
  7. Finally Floating
  8. I Feel Cold But I Feel More
  9. To the Morning Light
  10. Rookie
  11. Ma Nuit
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Added on: January 19, 2018