AOTY 2019
Boy Harsher - Careful
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
2019 Ratings: #315 / 606
User Score
Based on 178 ratings
2019 Ratings: #391
February 1, 2019 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
Loud and Quiet

Perfectly produced with Muller’s minimal equipment, the sound is crisp and clear, without the chichi glaze of a phoney vintage rumple – a sharpness that adds a further charming nuance to an album as enthralling to turn into a cult classic.

80
NME

These 10 tracks contain a dark power, an atavistic pull. Give in to their bad romance.

80
The 405

Their innocence might be gone, and their sound might be polished, but Boy Harsher have kept the foundations and the loyalty to each other to push through the storm.

80
Tiny Mix Tapes

Where modern minimal wave is often both musically repetitive and historically purist, they bring a subtle but unexpected sound palette that shades from the 80s into the 90s.

76
Resident Advisor

At their best, Boy Harsher capture the bittersweet feeling of being young, in love and on the road, oblivious to the inevitable spin-out.

72
Pitchfork

While the palette of sounds Boy Harsher plays with on Careful can seem limited—brisk drum machine loops, oscillating synths, and Matthews’ haunting incantations—the group finds ways to make each song sound distinct.

70
The Line of Best Fit

Overall ... this record leaves quite the impression; if uneasy listening is your thing, Boy Harsher’s murky interpretation of dead disco will envelop you in its dark delights.

60
The Skinny

Straddling the middle ground between melancholic cold wave and regimented synth workouts, the new release from Massachusetts duo Boy Harsher has fans nostalgic for a period in history they’re most likely too young to remember.

KengojiUltamYT
55
Dark bebo techno

Beat Tracks: Fate,LA,The Look You Gave (Jerry),Tears
Worst Track: Crush
musicmagpie55
62
Boy Harsher make moody synths for midnight motorcycle rides. The instrumentation reminds me of John Carpenter films like Big Trouble in Little China or Escape from New York. Jae Matthews' vocals are haunting and mysterious; she sounds like a spooky demon person, which I quite like. While I do wish there was slightly more variety on this record, the duo nails a particular sound and fully explore its potential for creating eerie bops.

Album art is also fantastic; you could write a whole book ... read more
TheRootBoy
63
It's dark, metallic, and in some ways vampiric. The minimal darkwave of techno give plenty of atmospheric bloops and bleeps. It's a little kooky and feels like it's attempting to be more than what it really is. The album kind of loses me and there's not enough variety to keep me engaged.
CheapandLethal
45
Pretty poor
Plats
82
[My 500th Review!]

This is preeeetty damn cool. I picture a looping, animated wallpaper of a badass neon car driving in one of those 80’s retro geometric backgrounds. The production is great here, with cool 80’s synths coupled with booming kick drums present throughout the record. Even though it lacks variety, it’s nice to see some creative minds coming from my state!

Fav Tracks: Face the Fire, Fate, LA, Lost, Tears, Come Closer

Least Fav Track: Crush

Score:
8.2
Great
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Track List

  1. Keep Driving
  2. Face the Fire
  3. Fate
  4. La
  5. Come Closer
  6. The Look You Gave (Jerry)
  7. Tears
  8. Crush
  9. Lost
  10. Careful
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