King of the Dudes

Sunflower Bean - King of the Dudes
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
User Score
Based on 81 ratings
2019 Ratings: #36
January 25, 2019 / Release Date
EP / Format
Mom+Pop / Label
Power Pop, Indie Pop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Dork

Rather than sounding stale or old, it is alive with vibrancy and life.

100
DIY

Over four songs and just twelve minutes, it packs enough punch to inspire air guitar, desk drumming, shower singing and wanting to start a band just so you can try and shred like these three.

80
NME

Effortless and fearless, Sunflower Bean’s latest is a breakneck showcase of the trio’s talent. With each tune a high-octane chunk of the bold, New York indie the band have honed, it’s a triumph.

75
Northern Transmissions

Given this album is too close old rock hits, it still provides some fun moments and perhaps maybe a good vent Sunflower Bean to go back to exploring their sound.

70
God Is in the TV

Sunflower Bean's tunes can be as anthemic as Rainbow at times, and that seems to be the main touchstone on their King Of The Dudes EP.

69
Pitchfork

Though still a bit shaky and cloying, the New York band strikes a good chord with a power-pop sound and starts to carve out a space of their own.

60
PopMatters

King of the Dudes is well-made and sounds like a band who don't really care what they are expected to do next. But that screw-you-guys point of view cuts both ways.

LucasLannister
75
OMG this is such a entertaining EP. Perfect for this time of the year.
myloveiscool
75
Punchy, powerful and convincing. This marks a shift in sound for Sunflower Bean for the better. While the first two tracks greatly outshine the latter two, this E.P demonstrates that Sunflower Bean are capable of making some top tier indie music.

Standouts: Come for Me, King of the Dudes.

7.5/10. Pretty good.
65
I think this EP is filled with stark youth and clear life, yet I fail to find anything too different about this. It is just sort of copying that 80's, 90's garage rock sound. Which is fine, just definitely a factor. Also, personally that whole sound does get to be a little stale even though it is only four tracks, 'The Big One' is by far the worst and by then I have lost interest. This is alright, very vibrant and bouncy and fun, but lacks a real direction or a attention grabbing aspect.
noahb_
81
A more palatable intro to their prowess than their first two releases, King of the Dudes is a pop-of-the-tab (literally) on their energetic and influenced sound. Harkening back to the rebelliousness of Blondie, and continuing to explore their Brooklynite sensibilities, the EP only makes it clear they have a lot more up their sleeves.
70
A vibrant EP of rock songs with a fuck you attitude.

Fav Tracks: King Of The Dudes, Fear City

Worst Track: The Big One
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Track List

  1. King Of The Dudes
  2. Come for Me
  3. Fear City
  4. The Big One
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Added on: October 31, 2018