Francis Trouble
Albert Hammond Jr. - Francis Trouble
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
2018 Ratings: #57 / 135
User Score
Based on 58 ratings
2018 Ratings: #28
March 9, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
Red Bull / Label
Indie Rock / Genres
Your Review


Northern Transmissions
Rather than hitting notes of many solo acts that feel like stripped-down versions of their bands, Hammond straddles the right mix of familiar and fresh on his new record.

Though its second half isn't quite as deft as its first, Francis Trouble continues the streak Hammond, Jr. has been on since the AHJ EP. With albums like this, his identity as a master of smart, emotional guitar pop is secure.

Drowned in Sound

He hits heights that few artists of this genre can reach and although this isn’t maintained consistently throughout the record, the heavenly levels of joy and bliss he’s able to impart prove the purity of his talent and the worth of his experience.


Despite a situation some might consider sad or dark being the glue behind it, ‘Francis Trouble’ is a bright blast of radiant, prismatic indie rock. More surprisingly still, it’s Albert’s most fun record yet, hurtling along on his trademark zipping guitar lines.

The Line of Best Fit

Francis Trouble is certainly Hammond finding a version of himself that’s pushing toward the future while never losing sight of who he really is.


Francis Trouble extends Hammond’s recent hot streak: It’s some of the brightest and scrappiest music he’s ever made.

Loud and Quiet
A forgettable pastiche of the band that he helped to form, it seems that Hammond is destined to join the litany of great axe-men who can’t quite cut the mustard alone.
Mar 21, 2018

Dvsl (7.0)
Far Away Truths (8.5)
Muted Beatings (8.2)
Set to Attack (9.5)
Tea for Two (7.7)
Stop and Go (7.5)
Screamer (6.6)
Rocky's Late Night (6.6)
Strangers (6.0)
Harder, Harder, Harder (7.5)
Mar 20, 2018
This is a high-energy, breezy little rock'n'roll record. Hammond sounds like he loves making music more than he ever has before, and this is easily the most effortless-sounding record to come out of any Strokes member since Is This It. Even though there is really nothing negative to say about Francis Trouble, the album as a whole does end up feeling a little bit lightweight, as no real envelopes are pushed here. It is more of an exercise in straightforward guitar pop songwriting than anything ... read more
Mar 19, 2018
Highlight Stop and Go
Mar 16, 2018
▲ = Dvsl, Far Away Truths, Set To Attack, Tea For Two, Screamer, Rocky's Late Night,
▬ = Muted Beatings, Stop and Go, Strangers, Harder Harder
▼ = N/A
Mar 15, 2018
This is easily, the most personality-driven and most charismatic album I’ve heard from Albert Hammond Jr. I feel like my problem with him for years has been his lack of character, but he has some serious swagger on this album. But outside of that, Albert has really nailed that age old formula of fantastic Pop hooks and wild instrumentals. My only real issue with this album is that I wish it was a little bit longer, it easily could have had an extra track or two. But at the end of the ... read more
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Track List
  1. Dvsl
  2. Far Away Truths
  3. Muted Beatings
  4. Set to Attack
  5. Tea for Two
  6. Stop and Go
  7. Screamer
  8. Rocky's Late Night
  9. Strangers
  10. Harder, Harder, Harder
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Added on: February 2, 2018