boygenius - boygenius EP
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
Year End Rank: #47
User Score
Based on 538 ratings
2018 Ratings: #37
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
NME
Boygeniusโ€™ lyrics are so strong, you could close your eyes and skip to any point of any song and find yourself being wowed in one way or another.
100
Consequence of Sound

Within such a short span of time, boygenius manages to cover universal experiences of insecurity and perpetual, sometimes funny sadness, along with more individual situations like the instability of touring, all with the same specificity, cleverness, and dreamlike melodies that could not have come from anyone else, nor could it have come from these musicians individually.

100
The Skinny

The EP from the supergroup made up of Phoebe Bridgers, Julien Baker and Lucy Dacus widens the horizons of each artist while simultaneously nailing down what makes each one of them unique.

83
Pitchfork

For anyone still struggling to tell any woman with a guitar apart, the deft collaboration and complex collective songwriting on the boygenius EP is a great place to learn.

80
PopMatters

The boygenius EP marks a stunning release from three singular artists. Hearing them integrate their particular gifts would be worth a listen alone, but the performances are so remarkable that the disc's background becomes trivial.

80
No Ripcord

All these songs stand out for their craftsmanship and collaboration, not only between three artists but also three friends.

80
Under The Radar

The lessons the EP documents are not always the most palatable, but the delivery is always as familiar as the wind, whether combing through fields or uprooting a mighty oak. This familiarity, in part, owes itself to the consistent clarity of vision maintained throughout the album as Bridges, Dacus, and Baker document shared trials with weary exasperation.

70
Sputnikmusic

boygenius makes too many concessions to the solo work of its members when they could have been so much more.

70
AllMusic

Taken in as a small cache of excellent songs by three of the more talented songwriters of their era, Boygenius is a wonderful starting point, setting the scene for future collaborations that push into places each member couldn't get to on her own.

70
American Songwriter

boygenius may be a one-off, but there is great potential there for more should they abide, what with their top-notch songwriting and three voices that coexist much more smoothly than the couples depicted in their songs.

AndrewMoore
84
These three need to make this a full time gig because what they're doing here is pretty incredible.
apotofstu
90
Coming together to form the Mt. Rushmore of women in indie rock, Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, and Lucy Dacus present boygenius: the band, *and* the EP. The real treat is that both are as excellent as one could imagine.

After many times listening through, I still have the most difficult time finding something to dislike about this EP. Everything I enjoy about each member's solo work is here in spades, whether it be the way that Julien, Lucy, and Phoebe's heavenly voices harmonize together ... read more
Marowhacker
84
The Triforce.

At just over 20 minutes, I wasn’t expecting fireworks necessarily from Boygenius, but this is a really fantastic EP that showcases each songwriter’s individual talents pretty well. Obviously, each member would shine more on a longer project, but as a collective these 3 have pretty great vocal chemistry and are obviously writing some of the most heart wrenching lyrics out there. Honestly, the brevity of this project is probably it’s biggest downfall for me - it ... read more
andiov1
86
The Triforce of sad-girl indie rock that is Phoebe Bridgers, Julien Baker, and Lucy Dacus unite under the boygenius flag to bring out some of their best songwriting in a style that compliments all three on this short but sweet EP, my only real complaint about it is I wish it was longer
WildChameleon
86
Nearly one year later, I cannot help myself but listening this EP time to time. Boygenius is the supergroup Lucy Dacus/Julien Baker/Phoebe Bridgers, each one are respected modern singer songwriter.

When the three released material, oh boy I was excited. In 6 titles, boygenius crystalizes the best of woman singer songwriters wave of these recent years ... NO, it's too reductive to consider this supergroup being just a girl band.

There are amazing highlights such as Phoebe crescendo in Me and ... read more
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Added on: August 21, 2018