Hippo Campus - Bambi
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Based on 4 reviews
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Based on 51 ratings
2018 Ratings: #433
September 28, 2018 / Release Date
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Grand Jury / Label
Indie Pop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

70
The Line of Best Fit

They’ve struck a fine balance, between wistful, effervescent music that brims with youthful exuberance, and a grounded, more mature, somewhat troubled outlook on life.

60
DIY

There are still colourful moments in places, but for the most part this is a record of reflection and trying to figure things out.

60
Under The Radar

Both high tech and lo-fi with a DIY mentality, it's a quirky, somewhat angular dream pop mixture with introspective lyrics.

48
GIGsoup

The album is isolated and unintentionally aimless.

PeridotPenguin
80
In Bambi, Hippo Campus takes a much more personal, downbeat approach as a change of pace for the followup to the light-hearted, dreamlike debut: Landmark. I respect that they're experimenting more, and I think they pulled it off quite well for the most part.

With only 10 tracks, a consistent sound, and nice transitions, this album goes by as smoothly as it does quickly.

The highlight of this record for me is definitely the beautiful and catchy vocal melodies; They're very pleasant, and ... read more
ElectricMess
66
A few great songs, but most of this is really forgettable. After loving the bright and shimmering brand of indie pop that Hippo Campus doubled down on on their debut, I can't help but be sort of disappointed by this foray into bland synthpop.

Favorite Tracks: Doubt, Passenger, Golden, Anxious

Least Favorite Tracks: Bambi, Bubbles
smallpeeble
88
Deep and metaphorical lyrics. I love on how they keep experimenting their music throughout this album. Some songs are bop some are aight. 😄 I listened to this album more than once. I don't seem to feel bored just listening. Haha.

Fave Tracks:
▪ Think It Over
▪ Bubbles
▪ Doubt
▪ Passenger
▪ Bambi
distraughtonaut
79
Bambi proves what Hippo Campus are capable of; colorful, glowing songs with a quality not of this Earth, in the span of about 4 tracks. Otherwise, it is filled with filler, not bad filler, just not the kind that you would purposefully put on - background filler. Hippo Campus somehow made some of the best songs of the year (Bambi, Bubbles), yet show that they have much room to improve.
Plats
81
I heard a couple of Hippo Campus’s songs last year. But this is a whole different beast! This is a move from the Vampire Weekend-esque sound to a synthpop direction. It’s still very hooky and well-written and “Bambi” is a fun record, overall. Sadly, I think the next record will be shot and killed by a bunch of hunters. :(

Fav Tracks: Doubt, Passenger, Golden, Anxious, Honestly, Bambi

Least Fav Tracks: Bubbles

Score:
8.1
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Track List

  1. Mistakes
  2. Anxious
  3. Doubt
  4. Bambi
  5. Why Even Try
  6. Think It Over
  7. Bubbles
  8. Honestly
  9. Golden
  10. Passenger
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