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Highway Hypnosis

Sneaks - Highway Hypnosis
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
2019 Ratings: #48 / 83
User Score
Based on 99 ratings
2019 Ratings: #39
January 25, 2019 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Exclaim!

Highway Hypnosis proves that Sneaks — aka Eva Moolchan — can easily maintain her intensity on a larger scale without sparse minimalism.

90
Drowned in Sound

Somehow, even with all this new swag, our sneaky protagonist loses none of the prankster wit that turned heads in the first place.

85
The Line of Best Fit

Highway Hypnosis, continues a career fashioning freaky, 80ish-bpm electro: a sly and sultry collection made to roll hips and eyes to.

80
NME

A marked progression from her previous (brilliant) post-punk albums, Eva Moolchan’s third record is a woozy masterclass in understatement, endlessly inspired and fizzing with ambience.

80
DIY

An alien world of feelings and sounds that are clandestine and strange and odd but oddly liberating, all at the same time.

80
Under The Radar

From the streets of London to white sleeves from Lisbon, Moolchan has set her chopped logic loose upon a whole new playground—and trust me, no one's falling asleep in this trip.

80
AllMusic

Some artists stumble when they move on from a strongly minimal aesthetic, but Sneaks sounds justifiably confident on Highway Hypnosis, and this suggests any number of new directions where her talent could travel.

80
Crack Magazine

Highway Hypnosis may still fall short of half an hour, but Moolchan packs more styles into it than on previous efforts.

60
Loud and Quiet

There’s a lot to unpack in a 26-minute album that jams in 13-tracks, and Moolchan would probably be the first to admit that she doesn’t always get it right.

60
The Skinny

The third album from Eva Moolchan, aka Sneaks, whips by at breakneck speed with its slightly more urgent, label-defying moments ameliorating its sluggish centre.

60
No Ripcord

Mostly ... Highway Hypnosis is frustrating in that it feels more like a collection of potentially good but unfinished ideas that lack the focus and imagination needed to make them work.

55
Spectrum Culture

Highway Hypnosis is a fairly middling album, one that takes the shells of great ideas and turns most of them into despondent non-songs.

55
Pitchfork

Moolchan now sounds untethered, plunging into these new forms and ideas but often losing what once seemed to be sure footing.

50
God Is in the TV

The rest of the long player is frustrating in its inconsistency but mostly just not exciting enough to fill the void.

pnrs
67
Some interesting ideas here, but scatterbrained and without a consistent vision or cohesive theme
BuffaloStaple
67
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KengojiUltamYT
60
ok this is epic

Best Tracks: Highway Hypnosis,The Way It Goes,Suck It Like a Whistle,Cinnamon,And We’re Off,A Lil Close
Worst Track: Holy Cow Never Saw a Girl Like Her
CheapandLethal
50
Very uninspired
Space Vacation
86
HOLY SHIT I LOVED THIS SO MUCH
Very strong feeling that this will be on my top 10 maybe even 5 albums of 2019 by the end of the year

All over the place in the best possible way also a short listen which makes me adore it even more!
Big surprise but now I'm a fan for life :)
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Track List

  1. Highway Hypnosis
  2. The Way It Goes
  3. Ecstasy
  4. Suck It Like a Whistle
  5. Addis
  6. Saiditzoneza
  7. Money Don’t Grow on Trees
  8. Cinnamon
  9. Holy Cow Never Saw a Girl Like Her
  10. Beliefs
  11. And We’re Off
  12. A Lil Close
  13. Hong Kong to Amsterdam
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