AOTY 2019

Highway Hypnosis

Sneaks - Highway Hypnosis
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
2019 Ratings: #401 / 614
User Score
Based on 180 ratings
2019 Ratings: #731
January 25, 2019 / Release Date
LP / Format
Merge / Label
Suggest a Genre
Add
Abuse of this feature may prevent future contributions from your account.
Tags
Your Review
Sign In to rate and review

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.

BuffaloStaple
67
highway hypnosis

highway hypnosis

highway hypnosis

highway hypnosis

highway hypnosis

highway hypnosis

highway hypnosis

highway hypnosis

highway hypnosis

highway hypnosis

highway hypnosis

highway hypnosis

highway hypnosis

highway hypnosis

highway hypnosis

highway hypnosis

highway hypnosis

highway hypnosis

highway hypnosis

highway hypnosis

highway hypnosis

highway hypnosis

highway hypnosis

highway hypnosis

highway hypnosis

highway hypnosis

highway hypnosis

highway ... read more
pnrs
67
Some interesting ideas here, but scatterbrained and without a consistent vision or cohesive theme
ItsSarahhhh
40
I don’t know man. It’s just really boring and there’s wasn’t anything that really hit me it’s so flat. There is some experimentation but it doesn’t improve the record by any means. It was just so uninteresting to me. Sorry fans of this just not for me ig
aaron
73
Hey look, how not to start your record! this record has a great second half but its weighted down by its experimental first half which is interesting, don't get me wrong but experimental is just a nice way of saying chaotic and unfinished in this case. While the second half of this record while not as interesting, completed and conveys a mood that makes the highs of the cut all the higher and its repetition filled choruses all the more hypnotic than its opener could ever be.

So the record is ... read more
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 :)
Purchasing Highway Hypnosis from Amazon helps support Album of the Year. Or consider a donation?
Become a Donor
Donor badge, no ads + more benefits.

MISC LISTS

/NME (First Half)

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
Sign in to comment
10mo
1y
In Library (37)
parent
Scre4meh
luisdelrey2016
Liam__G
PapaPikus
playboiflacko00
mickc
Sappy
caitofgoodhope
smallpeeble


Added on: November 3, 2018