AOTY 2018

Nearer My God

Foxing - Nearer My God
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2018 Ratings: #174 / 706
User Score
Based on 95 ratings
2018 Ratings: #282
August 10, 2018 / Release Date
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Triple Crown / Label
Indie Rock / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Sputnikmusic

Nearer My God establishes itself as emo's first definitive document on digital-age despair.

100
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.

91
A.V. Club

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

90
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.

80
The Line of Best Fit

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

80
Pitchfork

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.

80
GIGsoup
For the first time in years, this is proof that rock is very much alive, it just needed some ambition.
75
Northern Transmissions
Amidst an album full of great sonic experimentation and powerful performances, Foxing decidedly let their songs continuously play on the same dynamics.
70
Exclaim!

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

65
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.
60
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.

50
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.

OpiesFuneral
67
Can we talk about the final track where they're deadass ripping off The National?
AnalVape
77
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
jordymusic
70
Nearer My God is a very strange emo record. Fusing upbeat rhythmic drum beats and patterns with a soaring ambient folk sound the emotional drive and vocal spectrum is all I have to really classify the record as emo. The vocals on this are great, intriguing and ever-changing in style the heavyhearted lead vocals have a fantastic emotional impact blending the roaring screams and mournful melancholy perfectly. There's a lot of interesting experimentation in sound and structure and a diverse ... read more
TheRootBoy
82
I am surprised I liked this Foxing record as much as I did. It sounds like a complete, interesting piece of work the band fixed up. The music here is powerful, well orchestrated, and uplifting to degrees not yet touched by most other emo acts. Nearer my God started off somewhat pop-centric but quickly enough stretched into an atmospheric, chamber pop-esque, emo symphony of sirens and octaves.
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#37/Uproxx

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