What Chaos Is Imaginary

Girlpool - What Chaos Is Imaginary
Critic Score
Based on 22 reviews
2019 Ratings: #327 / 590
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Based on 255 ratings
2019 Ratings: #727
February 1, 2019 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Upset

Girlpool feel like a different band on this record, a band that’s thoroughly wiser and passionately conscientious.

83
Northern Transmissions

What Chaos Is Imaginary is the boldest statement yet for two young artists with clearly upward trajectories, though they’re clearly in different directions.

83
Consequence of Sound

For a band that already left nothing wanting in terms of chemistry, What Chaos Is Imaginary brings Tucker and Tividad’s talents to the surface in entirely new and creative ways.

80
Exclaim!

Tividad's sun-kissed vocals, on top of the slow, dreamy instrumentals all over What Chaos Is Imaginary, makes the record feel cinematic.

80
The Skinny

This album offers a view into the minds of a pair of singular artists who might differ in their delivery, but who both understand that a glimpse of truth is a whole lot more intriguing than a disingenuous attempt at the whole thing.

80
Dork

Harmony and Cleo are still radically open, still tender, their music still invigorating. It’s been a time of transition, and both journey and destination sound good from here.

80
Crack Magazine

Girlpool’s evolution has accelerated once more, creating a world that’s extending deeper and louder.

80
NME

On album number three, LA duo Cleo Tucker and Harmony Tividad take a widescreen approach to their eclectic alt-pop, alternating between dreamy soundscapes, country jangle and cacophonous shoegaze.

80
Drowned in Sound

Each song is a new chapter offering insight into the multi-dimensional world that is Girlpool – and every one is more intricate, more complex, more captivating than the last.

80
No Ripcord

On What Chaos is Imaginary, Girlpool recognize that the chaos that surrounds them will only help them strengthen their resolve.

78
Pitchfork

Weaving in and out of concrete, direct, indie-rock songwriting and meditative, impressionistic dream pop, Girlpool’s third album features their most expansive and surreal songs to date.

70
Tiny Mix Tapes

What Chaos paints the band as more of a yin and yang, two disparate but complementary figures, than the mirror images they seemed to be on Girlpool’s older material.

70
Clash

A fuzz-driven album offering, laced with haunting harmonies and a lyrical wisdom far beyond their years.

70
PopMatters

Although willfully murky in a way that occasionally verges on the indecipherable, it's a wondrously open-minded record that treats all experiences, good or bad, as ripe for artistic sublimation.

70
Rolling Stone

The result is an impressive balancing act, a sound grounded in the band’s tradition that is nevertheless constantly pushing forward.

70
FLOOD Magazine

What Chaos Is Imaginary is what a band in transition sounds like, but it dares to embrace that uncertainty—converting it into an asset, redefining in real time what Girlpool can mean.

67
Paste

As Tividad and Tucker explore their identities together and apart, What Chaos will probably look in retrospect like a necessary way station through which the duo passed on the way to someplace that feels a little more like home.

65
Under The Radar

It's easy to lose your way here, as there aren't many big choruses to hook onto; and by the time we reach the generic shoegaze of "Roses," the duo seems to have misplaced their own compass.

60
AllMusic

Even though some of the huge shake-ups of instrumentation and songwriting styles work well, Tucker and Tividad rarely sound like they're connecting and it makes What Chaos Is Imaginary harder to connect with.

60
DIY

A multidimensional, multi-faceted affair, full of fragile introspection and meandering guitars.

60
The Observer

While there are several moments to savour, the more muscular approach ultimately does them few favours: one is left with the sense that they have traded in what made them different for a stab at fairly unadventurous alt-rock by numbers.

50
Loud and Quiet

Unfortunately, while there is a scattering of charming moments, it ultimately feels as though the unassuming allure of previous releases has been marginalised by the increasingly reinforced and methodical sound.

zachthesnack
63
This was overwhelmingly mediocre

Girlpool return for their 3rd album with an effort that is equally as dreamy as it is dreary. The record starts off with a couple of energetic and semi-atmospheric tracks that really went well together, but unfortunately it drops off after Chemical Freeze and the rest of the album is relatively mundane, run-of-the-mill Indie Rock. Nothing new or special here, but it is okay I guess.

FAVORITE TRACKS: Chemical Freeze, Where You Sink

LEAST FAVORITE TRACK: Roses
0xiela
NR
although 'what chaos is imaginary' has some great tracks, i wouldn't stand to hear it again as a whole
nice tracks: where you sink > roses > what chaos is imaginary
ColinAndrews
50
The lyrics here remind of Jonah Hill attempting to do slam poetry in 22 Jump Street.

God, is this thing boring. The vocals aren't impressive enough to draw you to them, and the instrumentation, while serviceable, doesn't stand out very much from basic indie folk.

There's not a lot of energy here on the first half, when I feel like it could really have benefited from. Also. The mixing here is subpar at points.

It's not a bad project, as it does have an overarching theme and cohesiveness, just ... read more
itsyahboinoah
50
A total snooze-fest, definately a step down from their last release.
76
Cleo Tucker's new vocals are quite striking, and make for a more dynamic listen.
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Track List

  1. Lucy's
  2. Stale Device
  3. Where You Sink
  4. Hire
  5. Pretty
  6. Chemical Freeze
  7. All Blacked Out
  8. Lucky Joke
  9. Minute In Your Mind
  10. What Chaos is Imaginary
  11. Hoax and the Shrine
  12. Swamp and Bay
  13. Josephs Dad
  14. Roses
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