Francis Trouble

Albert Hammond Jr. - Francis Trouble
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2018 Ratings: #302 / 546
User Score
Based on 88 ratings
2018 Ratings: #240
March 9, 2018 / Release Date
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Red Bull / Label
Indie Rock / Genres
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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.

Where AHJ’s early solo work tended towards the sweet and sentimental, there’s a spark of danger in ‘Francis Trouble’.

Hammond seems to have a new lease on life, and that ebullience and curiosity are very much what makes Francis Trouble such a thrilling listen.


Each song presents itself as a cinematic journey on this search for who he really is, while most importantly, crafting a musical canvas that has never sounded so good.

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.


Sure, it’s not always that exciting and it doesn’t seem like the reference points have changed, but it’s authentic and worms its way into your head.

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.
Rolling Stone

His music and his style are both impeccably tailored. Those perfect lines can be more admirable than breathtaking, though, and they're remarkably easy to glide right past.

Jul 24, 2018
As moving and driven the concept behind this album is, there's just not enough going for it. The sound this album has is just all too bland. I'd recommend Albert to just sit at home and wait for Julian Casablancas to answer his phone once he's taking a break from The Voidz.
May 3, 2018
Muchas de estas canciones suenan como lados B de algún disco de The Strokes. Pero no le quitan lo adictivo a las progresiones y lo energético a los coros. No logra el nivel de innovación que Casablancas hace con su proyecto alterno. No obstante, siguen siendo la mejor cara compositiva del guitarrista del quinteto.

Fav Tracks: "Far Away Truths", "Muted Beatings", "Set to Attack", "Stop and Go".
Apr 25, 2018
This lights up the rather dormant Strokes part of my brain big time and for that I am grateful. Some solid tunes here, love Set to Attack
Apr 10, 2018
▲ Muted Beatings, Far Away Truths
Apr 6, 2018*
キャッチーで小気味よいロックンロールが並んでいる 好アルバム。難があるとすればジャケットのダサさだけ。
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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