Power Chords

Mike Krol - Power Chords
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2019 Ratings: #564 / 737
User Score
Based on 83 ratings
2019 Ratings: #649
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January 25, 2019 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
Exclaim!

The licks are loud and frequent, the choruses are snappy and filled with hooks, and if at least one of these songs doesn't dig its way into your head for a day, there's a good chance you're not a lot of fun.

80
The Line of Best Fit

A return to garage-form; what Krol may have once seen as his foible, has now become his greatest strength - a natural vulnerability housed within pummelling chords, rattling drums and barely audible vocals.

78
Pitchfork

Pledging allegiance to fuzz, this power-pop barrage squares off against heartache, disappointment, and sleepless nights—and survives.

75
Paste

Power Chords is much more lyrically mature and musically adept than your average garage rock record, and its teenage sheen might urge you to fanatically scroll the lyrics on your notebook or bedroom wall of choice.

70
Under The Radar

Tied down by his buzz saw vocals and shattered guitars, Power Chords finds an endless groove in 35 minutes or less.

70
AllMusic

Krol is that increasing rare and wondrous species, a natural born rock & roller, and the chunky barrage of guitars, drums, and soulful bellowing that comprises Power Chords is the work of a regular guy with an above average ability to kick out the jams and make them signify.

65
The 405

You might absorb a couple of hooks and riffs and edit it down to your own abridged version, but you’ll be left wanting more than Krol’s willing to provide.

60
No Ripcord

Fun, but also forgettable, Power Chords marks a not-so-bold transition for an artist who's on track to reinvent his sound.

40
Loud and Quiet

It’s basically like an American garage rock band from 1993 that is desperately trying to remain lo-fi and hang on by its fingernails to its DIY principles, whilst it’s perineum is being stroked by a producer in a Nashville recording studio with a big pot of polish to buff this record until you can see your face in it.

usedtobe
85
I like those pink sheets.
TreyLikesBands
73
Good

If you're tired, then I suggest that you listen to this, it will wake you up! With it's crazy energy and hand-banging tunes, this album is sure to put you in a good mood. Then again, I was never really a fan of loud garage rock, as the production really makes me angry, but other than that and the fact that I can't hear some of the lyrics, this is a solid release.

Color: White
FAV TRACKS: What's the Rhythm, Little Drama, Wasted Memory, An Ambulance, Arrow in My Heart
LEAST FAV: Blue and ... read more
notbuzzzila
76
REALLY GOOD

Sure, it's not the most original album ever, but I REALLY enjoyed this album. This might actually just be me coming down from an intense Jay Reatard high, so in a matter of weeks, I might like Power Chords much less than I do now. But at the moment, it was a very enjoyable rock record from an artist whose discography I WILL be checking out.

FOR FANS OF: CRX, Jay Reatard, Superchunk, Ty Segall, Royal Headache, White Reaper
Corey_Larkin
65
Middle of the road garage pop album without many distinguishing features
EliTeMP
40
Hoping to hear a lot of wicked shit on this album, I was pretty hyped for this. After repeated listens I still can hardly pick out any songs and tell you how they go. There's not really a bad song here, but there also aren't many great ones either. Hopefully, we get some more diversity on the next album.

Favorite Tracks: Power Chords, What's The Rhythm, Blue and Pink, The End

Least Favorite: Little Drama
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Track List

  1. Power Chords
  2. What's the Rhythm
  3. An Ambulance
  4. Little Drama
  5. Left for Dead
  6. Blue and Pink
  7. I Wonder
  8. Wasted Memory
  9. Nothing to Yell About
  10. Arrow in My Heart
  11. The End
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Added on: October 28, 2018