Power Chords

Mike Krol - Power Chords
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Based on 10 reviews
2019 Ratings: #53 / 76
User Score
Based on 41 ratings
2019 Ratings: #31
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.

CheapandLethal
85
Great
Stephayeet
68
I still liked it but I feel like no musical evolution went on. I still like Mike from when I discovered him in 2015, but there's nothing different, I feel like I'm just listening to a twice as long version of his last 3. I really want some expirementation and something new. I love Mike and I think back in 2011 his style was something fresh, but by 2019 I feel like he needs to switch it up more.
panoramareviews
60
Mucho ruido y pocas nueces.
67
Favorite tracks: Power Chords, Little Drama
zeltyy
85
Mike has matured alot. With his song-writing, and musical techniques, he's bringing something new to the table. I'm an extremely big Krol fan, so whatever my opinion on this is bias, but nonetheless, this was extremely enjoyable, and anyone that enjoys garage/alt rock should definitely give this album a listen.
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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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