AOTY 2019

Happy in the Hollow

TOY - Happy in the Hollow
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2019 Ratings: #309 / 613
User Score
Based on 82 ratings
2019 Ratings: #691
January 25, 2019 / Release Date
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Tough Love / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

85
The Line of Best Fit

HITH is a mellow, exploratory affair, with drum machines, acoustic guitars and bottleneck slides being dreamily deployed at key moments to break up the Krautrock churn.

84
Paste

The record’s intense, shadowy first half and airy, graceful second half culminates in an mercurial odyssey that unabashedly celebrates TOY’s eccentricities.

75
Under The Radar

TOY have returned with their boldest statement of intent to date.

60
The Skinny

TOY continue to put their own unique spin on psychedelia with Happy in the Hollow, and it’s one that clearly works, but ultimately the record lacks in any kind of urgency and doesn’t push much further on what the band have already achieved with previous albums.

60
Loud and Quiet

It sounds like they’re in danger of losing their way.

zachthesnack
66
A little bit drab and underwhelming, but overall an honest and solid effort from one of Indie Rock's most undervalued acts.
JohnLouisHoward
70
much less interesting than 2016 release Clear Shot. lots of meandering, which is unlike previous work by TOY. it really drags in places.
platypusbus
65
some cool stuff, but mostly boring. listen listlessly.
CheapandLethal
70
Worth a listen
Corey_Larkin
55
A generally forgettable album that doesn't give the audience much to grab on to.
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Year End Lists

#76/Rough Trade

Track List

  1. Sequence One
  2. Mistake a Stranger
  3. Energy
  4. Last Warmth of the Day
  5. The Willo
  6. Jolt Awake
  7. Mechanism
  8. Strangulation Day
  9. You Make Me Forget Myself
  10. Charlie's House
  11. Move Through the Dark
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