A Place To Bury Strangers - Pinned
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2018 Ratings: #768 / 825
User Score
Based on 63 ratings
2018 Ratings: #968
April 13, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
Dead Oceans / Label
Post-Punk / Genres
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Northern Transmissions
Every so often a band harnesses their sound in such a pure and raw way that it’s mesmerizing to hear them explore it. On their fifth full record, the band is keeping their writing unorthodox while never straying too far from something accessible.

Equally raw and sleek, Pinned is one of the band's most cohesive albums -- even if change is a constant in A Place to Bury Strangers' world, so is the quality of their music.

Under The Radar

Pinned showcases A Place to Bury Strangers' latest, and most solid, iteration of a band that specializes in creating sonics that cut through the bone and straight to the marrow, sounding timely, relevant, and groundbreaking.


This year’s ‘Pinned’ is its well-made product that checks all the boxes, successfully imitating the late ‘80s feel - the highest compliment in this line of work.

A.V. Club

When the low end is there—as on “Act Your Age” and “Attitude”—Pinned sounds more immediate. Those moments are great, but not as frequent as fans may like.

The Line of Best Fit

Pinned isn’t a memorable record; it’s a cacophony of ideas that don’t pan out. While it has bursts of substance, they soon trail off, or are abandoned instantly.


Pinned finds A Place to Bury Strangers calling back to their influences ... They avoid mere imitation, but a sense of aimlessness still floats through the record.

APTBS songs become about poise and a pose. For them, it seems, that’s enough.
Crack Magazine

Pinned is simply missing the sweetness that’s hidden away on previous albums. The Jesus and Mary Chain’s trick was to submerge gorgeous pop songs in their catatonic squall. By neglecting this, APTBS and Pinned are dour and hollow by comparison.

Spectrum Culture

On Pinned we see a band that has gotten lost in that mist, forgetting what made them stand out and moving away from it.

Drowned in Sound

The songs are skeletal ('I Know I've Done Bad'), starkly unremarkable ('Attitude') or dilutions of past work ('Keep Moving On').

Considering the influences as this band wears on their shoulders, it’s unfortunate that their sound isn’t as unhinged as it feels like it should be. Nonetheless, the band’s atmospheric blend of shoegaze and post punk continues to deliver a handful of excellent tracks surrounded by some forgettable ones.

Best tracks: Never Coming Back, I Know I’ve done bad Things, Act Your Age, Too Tough to Kill
Worst tracks: Was it Electric
I mean, this is certainly more tolerable than the last two A Place To Bury Strangers projects. There's a little bit more heavier material here, and by this point in their career they obviously know what they're doing when it comes to making gloomy Post-Punk. But ahem, why do like 9 of these 12 tracks sound like honest to God Joy Division or New Order ripoffs? And when they aren't blatantly ripping off classic acts, why does this band sound like they couldn't care less about this album? And ... read more
Strong 7.5/10
Pinned starts well introducing a sinister and intriguing soundscape which hits a pleasant spot and A Place to Bury Strangers keep that up throughout the record. Every track is introduced and constructed around tonally well worked instrumentation but that's only until the pieces inevitably fall into this bogus apocalyptic region which gets repetitive and drives the music into a directionless dead end, atmospherically it feels a mile wide and an inch deep and while there's definitely aspects of ... read more
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Track List

  1. Never Coming Back
  2. Execution
  3. There’s Only One of Us
  4. Situations Changes
  5. Too Tough to Kill
  6. Frustrated Operator
  7. Look Me in the Eye
  8. Was It Electric
  9. I Know I’ve Done Bad Things
  10. Act Your Age
  11. Attitude
  12. Keep Moving On
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Added on: January 31, 2018