Eleanor Friedberger - Rebound
Critic Score
Based on 18 reviews
2018 Ratings: #405 / 719
User Score
Based on 69 ratings
2018 Ratings: #470
May 4, 2018 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

83
A.V. Club

Whatever strange yet accessible language she’s speaking here, she’s clearly fluent.

81
Pitchfork

Rebound has the bleached, hazy feel of a sun-damaged Polaroid with a blurred figure in the corner.

80
The Skinny

When it comes to neatly capturing knotty feelings and subtle changes of mood, she remains one of indie rock’s masters.

80
Northern Transmissions

For her latest effort, rustic instrumentation has been replaced with vintage synths and guitar tones, on an album that carries a bit of grey energy. While the sense of melancholy this creates can be powerful, it surrounds the album so heavily that it can feel almost too much at times.

80
The Independent

On her latest effort, the singer-songwriter proves that the power of reinvention suits her just fine.

80
DIY

It’s a surreal trip that feels like you’re voyaging through someone else’s dreams or scattered, fragmented memories.

80
The Guardian

Vaguely gothic themes of loneliness, miscommunication and isolation are channeled into warm, quirky electronic pop that’s more gently uplifting than melancholy.

80
Tiny Mix Tapes

In Rebound, Friedberger meets mementos of happier times and opportunities for immediate joy with identical ease. And that is the promise, making her latest album an intriguing open door from an artist who continues to grow in all possible ways.

80
Spectrum Culture

Friedberger’s meditations endow Rebound with self-awareness and emotional strength.

80
FLOOD Magazine

Working with fairly monochromatic arrangements, Friedberger has crafted an album of contoured melodies and steely precision—and in the hands of a lesser songwriter, a record like this might start to feel samey.

70
Exclaim!

Rebound continues her trajectory as an distinctive artist who's ever-skilful in her sonic explorations.

70
Drowned in Sound

She’s created an album that’s worth more time than a quick fling on the rebound, another engaging entry in her ever-expanding catalogue.

65
The Line of Best Fit

Rebound doesn’t represent an entirely successful experiment ... but when Friedberger gets it right, the record soars.

60
Loud and Quiet

The limitations of the programming do start to grate, with large sections of the album’s second half being forgettable. Nonetheless it’s an obtrusively pleasant stride into new territories.

60
musicOMH

There’s a lot to be said for ‘maturity’ in pop music,  but at times this feels completely aimless, leaving you asking who exactly this album is for – something that appeared obvious in all her previous work.

50
PopMatters

Friedberger deserves some applause for remaining characteristic yet experimental on this full-length, but only her most diehard fans will find enough to enjoy here.

45
Under The Radar

The conviction that has defined her career so far is nowhere to be seen here and, whilst the reason for this change is still unclear, the result is a record of missed opportunities and inexcusable shortcomings.

gabbygee
80
her best
Doofy
85
It might take more than a few attentive listens to hear just what it is that Friedberger has achieved with ‘Rebound’ and to acknowledge that she’s well on her way to totally redefining her song craft.

The warm strumming and strident country-ish notes in her voice from earlier outings are gone and nowhere to be found, cast aside to make way for something a little more standoffish, more abstract, perhaps more alien even.

Reinvention of the year? It's up there.
luna128
51
This album is one solid color.

I elect #3D4251, which I call "Shitty Blue"
mattgoold
69
For an album this colorful, it sort of winds up being a palette full of muted tones.
PSHANDY
75
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Track List

  1. My Jesus Phase
  2. The Letter
  3. Everything
  4. In Between Stars
  5. Make Me a Song
  6. Nice to Be Nowhere
  7. It's Hard
  8. Are We Good?
  9. Showy Early Spring
  10. Rule of Action
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