Nearer My God

Foxing - Nearer My God
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2018 Ratings: #148 / 611
User Score
Based on 79 ratings
2018 Ratings: #220
August 10, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
Triple Crown / Label
Indie Rock / Genres
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Nearer My God establishes itself as emo's first definitive document on digital-age despair.

Spectrum Culture

Nearer My God is 2018’s bravest record, and despite the sonic risks taken, Foxing have emerged with the best reward possible: an actual, honest-to-God classic.

A.V. Club

It’s as impressive as it is expansive, a perfect showcase for modern emo’s elasticity.

Drowned in Sound

Nearer My God is daring, flamboyant and consistently thrilling. It won’t make Foxing the biggest band in the world, but it probably should.

The Line of Best Fit

There are no bad songs on the record, just ones in which fewer ideas work.


Plenty of artists put their every fiber of being into a record, but there’s rarely the overt drive to exceed one’s greatness that’s so insistent, it threatens to earn indie rock's most unintentionally revealing slight: try-hard. For most bands, it's an epithet. On Nearer My God, Foxing flaunt it like an Olympic gold medal.

For the first time in years, this is proof that rock is very much alive, it just needed some ambition.
Northern Transmissions
Amidst an album full of great sonic experimentation and powerful performances, Foxing decidedly let their songs continuously play on the same dynamics.

This album undoubtedly gets points for originality and experimentation; it's far from boring, but occasionally ventures into confusing territory.

The 405
Foxing continue to stand above many of their contemporaries, never shying away from using exactly the instrument needed to make the moment memorable. They might just need to leave Pandora’s box a little less ajar.
The Skinny

With Nearer My God, Foxing have embarked on a genre-hopping quest, creating a wild record that has the sensibility of emo, if not its aesthetic.

God Is in the TV

As an introduction to the band it will be a confusing, busy market place of ideas. And for fans of the band’s previous two outings it will mark something of a departure from their mathy rock and emo inflected indie and which makes this third full length record even harder to categorise.

Can we talk about the final track where they're deadass ripping off The National?
In "Nearer My God", Foxing finds a sound that suits them.

I am not a fan of Foxing. The "Albatross" record was a difficult one for me to like, with it's concealed redundancy and ridiculous amounts of cliché, ear piercing lead guitars. It was trying too hard and doing too much. In fact, this caused me to not even give their album "Dealer" a single chance. When I heard that "Nearer My God" was attracting some buzz, I thought I would give it a casual ... read more
米セントルイス発のエモバンドによる新作フル。その卓越したソングライティングやアレンジワークもさることながら、特筆すべきはやはりフロントマンの歌。もはや一介のエモを超越してMoses SumneyやFrank Oceanといったネオソウルシンガーの域に到達していて痺れる。
What is interesting about this album is looking back at the groups previous work; this, in comparison, is far more cinematic and larger than their previous work. This exhibits that the group is willing to change their sound and toy with it to find what works best for them. It is a rather large divergence from their last two albums, though those also had a level of theatrics involved. However, the change does feel like a welcome one and suggests that Foxing is growing with their music and ... read more
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Track List

  1. Grand Paradise
  2. Slapstick
  3. Lich Prince
  4. Gameshark
  5. Nearer My God
  6. Five Cups
  7. Heartbeats
  8. Trapped in Dillard's
  9. Bastardizer
  10. Crown Candy
  11. Won't Drown
  12. Lambert
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Added on: June 19, 2018