boygenius - boygenius EP
Critic Score
Based on 17 reviews
Year End Rank: #47
User Score
Based on 860 ratings
2018 Ratings: #43
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
NME
Boygenius’ 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.

88
Paste
Their mutual experiences are what unite them, and that bond bleeds through this music in every buzzing, beautiful bar.
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.

83
Entertainment Weekly
If the music here has the ebb and flow of more than one era, the lyrics wield sharper teeth.
80
Exclaim!

All three have fully realized albums under their belts, and boygenius allows them to flex their considerable muscles, showcasing their ample strengths and veering into new experiments in equal measure.

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.

80
No Ripcord

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

80
Spectrum Culture
Ultimately, it’s the differences between each of boygenius’ performers that is at the core of what makes this record so thrilling.
80
DIY
More than the sum of its parts.
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.

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
Crack Magazine
As friends first and collaborators second, boygenius’ debut makes space for each musician to shine, but it’s their caring approach to sharing the spotlight that makes this supergroup special.
70
Sputnikmusic

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

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.

70
Drowned in Sound

Where this EP lacks in progression, it makes up for in the strength of the songwriting.

AndrewMoore
84

These three need to make this a full time gig because what they're doing here is pretty incredible.

biglasagnayeet
81

Sorry if this review isn't as in-depth as some of my regular ones; I'm just quite tired (which me doing a mass rerating did not help at all). I could only really squeeze out an EP due to this, but that EP was the boygenius S/T, an EP I've been meaning to hear for ages. I'm a big Phoebe Bridgers fan and I've enjoyed projects from both Julien Baker and Lucy Dacus this year, so I was anticipating a solid and concise project filled with intimate melodies and poignant lyricism from the three. And ... read more

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

100

absolutely brilliant, stunning, fantastic, magnificent, beautiful!!

gamesgalsh123
NR

Just great to listen to, loved every song. A very sweet piece of music

TwoPhoneConnor
82

need more than 6 songs 😮‍💨

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Track List

1Bite The Hand
3:12
91
2Me & My Dog
3:26
89
3Souvenir
3:32
89
4Stay Down
4:00
89
5Salt in the Wound
4:11
90
6Ketchum, ID
3:35
85
Total Length: 21 minutes
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Added on: August 21, 2018