AOTY 2018
Laura Jane Grace & The Devouring Mothers - Bought to Rot
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
2018 Ratings: #525 / 705
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Based on 20 ratings
November 9, 2018 / Release Date
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Bloodshot / Label
Indie Rock / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
The Line of Best Fit

Bought To Rot ... is the most varied release in Grace’s catalogue. Among a myriad of sub-genres, there’s bouncey post-punk, heartland rock, rockabilly, and a few kinds of indie rock experimentalism sprinkled in. As a result, the album doesn’t quite cohere as a singular work.

80
Exclaim!

Presenting herself bare, she exposes unfiltered honesty through the kind plain-spokenness that's, nowadays, avoided by contemporaries of her stature.

80
DIY

Paying homage to songwriting ancestors, there’s an unmistakable Americana twist across much of the record that on occasion even turns to Nashville-tinged country.

80
The Guardian

She is self-effacing, emotionally incisive and capable of inciting teenage fervour in cynical souls. There are few like her.

80
AllMusic

When combined with the gut-level hooks, this barbed wit results in a record that's simultaneously immediate and enduring: the first listen demands attention, but it's the left turns, in both the lyrics and melodies, that makes Bought To Rot so satisfying.

75
Paste

Grace doesn’t graduate from punk on Bought To Rot—she expands and elevates it with explicit revelations, fervent melodies, head-banging chord progressions and unruffled tenacity.

74
GIGsoup

Fans of Against Me!, and music fans who have never listened to a single Against Me! track, could benefit from giving the record a spin to at least learn more about the frontwoman’s life and political stance.

70
Northern Transmissions

On her own, Grace is still a great writer but just feels like she’s going through the motions this time around. Despite making a easily listenable record, it lacks the staying power to hold onto listeners.

60
NME

‘Bought to Rot’ shows a different side of the Against Me! frontwoman – one that's biting, surreal and occasionally absurd.

60
Dork

Grace has delivered a record that is as humorous as it is heartbreaking and as quirky as it is bitterly real.

60
Spectrum Culture

The material that comprises her new album Bought to Rot finds Grace relieved to find another outlet to free her mind.

56
Pitchfork

The debut album from the Against Me! singer’s new side project doubles as a deserved break from her very public role as a trans ambassador, but the songwriting too often feels like rock-band karaoke.

indigofinn
65
I really hate that she hates Chicago; although, I totally get the "way too fucking close to Missouri" bit.
Plats
79
Laura’s songwriting is great and the songs themselves are catchy. It’s not entirely consistent but it’s still a good listen.

Fav Tracks: I Hate Chicago, Reality Bites, Apocalypse Now (& Later), China Beach, The Airplane Song, Valeria Golina, Manic Depression

Least Fav Track: Screamy Dreamy

Score:
7.9
Very Good
barchamb13
77
I loved several of these songs, but as an album it felt kind of pieced together.

I Hate chicago might be the best song on here. But China Beach and Valeria Golino are also excellent
69
Yeah... underwhelming. The singles were absolutely fantastic but this is just meh.
Love the energy and rawness though.
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Track List

  1. China Beach
  2. Born In Black
  3. The Airplane Song
  4. Apocalypse Now (& Later)
  5. Reality Bites
  6. Amsterdam Hotel Room
  7. The Friendship Song
  8. I Hate Chicago
  9. Screamy Dreamy
  10. Manic Depression
  11. The Acid Test Song
  12. The Hotel Song
  13. Valeria Golino
  14. The Apology Song
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Added on: September 1, 2018