AOTY 2018
boygenius - boygenius EP
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
User Score
Based on 144 ratings
2018 Ratings: #57
October 26, 2018 / Release Date
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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.

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.

JohnLouisHoward
92
each song bears the distinctive stamp of its creator, so the net result is much less of a collaborative songwriting effort than two Bridgers songs backed by Dacus and Baker, two Baker songs backed by Dacus and Bridgers, and two Dacus songs backed by Bridgers and Baker. given that the record came together quickly this is probably to be expected, but it leaves you wondering about the result of a more intimate collaboration, along the lines of Vile and Barnett, which I think is a better comparable ... read more
AndrewMoore
84
These three need to make this a full time gig because what they're doing here is pretty incredible.
79
Some really nice harmonies and writing going on here. To me it combined all the artists styles in a really nice smoothie. The rustic sound of julien, the emotional ness of phoebe and the rock energy of Lucy. I love this.
808thDimension
80
I was anticipating this one since it was announced, I like all of them as solo artist and I'm glad that this project turned out great.

While the EP could be described as being "nothing special", it's just really well executed.
This and the fact that it's is as short as it is are the only flaws here.

(They also should not have released half the project as singles.) / (boygenius album when?)

faves: Bite The Hand, Me & My Dog, Souvenir, Stay Down, Salt In the Wound, Ketchum ID
liammenzies
78
When you have three of the decade's most critically acclaimed singer-songwriters forming a supergroup, there's little reason not to get yourself hyped up and on this debut release, Boygenius mostly warrant such excitement. An EP does hinder the band's ability to really flex their muscles and come together as an unstoppable unit but when they do, such as the folk ballad closer Ketchum or the utterly evocative Bite the Hand, the trio truly warrant this venture.

Full review can be found on my ... read more
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Track List

  1. Bite the Hand
  2. Me & My Dog
  3. Souvenir
  4. Stay Down
  5. Salt In the Wound
  6. Ketchum, ID
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