Real Hair

Speedy Ortiz - Real Hair
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Based on 9 reviews
User Score
Based on 22 ratings
February 11, 2014 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

83
Pretty Much Amazing

Dupuis’s bittersweet, teasing vocals feel like the gorgeous, blue, and brutally cold day after it snows three feet. 

80
The Line of Best Fit

The band alternately broods and roars, favoring loping, bass-heavy verses torn open by fuzzy, full-throttle choruses, while always maintaining a distinct melodicism.  

80
NME

Plundering the absurdity of hair metal and yoking its overheated adventurousness to the poppiest structures Speedy have wrought since debut single ‘Taylor Swift’, ‘Real Hair’ works like a oujia board: dangerous, addictive fun with the potential for unwelcome answers.

80
The 405

Real Hair resolutely refuses to collapse under the weight of its own wordiness. It's clever, sure, but it's high-grade, pedal-hopping rock music by the same token.

76
Pitchfork

Real Hair takes the gloriously sloppy, haphazardly intricate Speedy Ortiz of Major Arcana and turns it bite-size, sharpening the focus without sanding off the edges. 

75
Consequence of Sound

On its skin, Real Hair is dense, and hot, and lovely. It contains more musical ideas in one place than anything Speedy Ortiz has done before. Guitar nerds will have fun. Poetry nerds, too.

70
AllMusic

It's their catchiest offering to date, with enough depth and immediate appeal to rival their influences.

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NR
Best Track: American Horror, Oxygal, or Shine Theory
Worst Track: Everything's Bigger
Most Overrated Track: n/a
Most Underrated Track: n/a
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Track List

  1. American Horror
  2. Oxygal
  3. Everything's Bigger
  4. Shine Theory
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