AOTY 2021

American Football

American Football - American Football
Critic Score
Based on 17 reviews
2019 Ratings: #179 / 770
User Score
Based on 805 ratings
2019 Ratings: #195
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Drowned in Sound

American Football are still racked with insecurity, but now they have the wisdom and language to express it more incisively than ever, musically and lyrically.

85
Spectrum Culture

LP3 isn’t prey to the same beast, and this is a good thing, because it allows us just a little bit more breathing room to see it for what it is: a striking display of talent by a band honing their skills with new brushes.

83
Consequence of Sound

This isn’t a full departure from the American Football sound, but the band successfully traverse new territory.

81
Pitchfork

The dazzling third album from the stalwarts of Midwestern emo does away the band’s self-mythology and takes bleary, bold steps toward a new dawn.

80
NME

Unafraid to experiment amongst all the traditionalist, lovelorn expression, the ‘American Football’ of 2019 is a record both classic in intonation, and future-facing in intent. No longer a band of nostalgia bangers, American Football are back at the top of the pile.

80
The Skinny

American Football build on their distinct craft for creating pop songs out of odd time signatures, seamlessly weaving multi-minute epics without ever feeling overblown such as on Silhouettes, cementing the band's return as a success.

80
Sputnikmusic

LP3 is a house built brick by brick with patient songwriting - lush arrangements that blossom over a lengthy period of time, cultivating in fully fleshed out songs.

80
Exclaim!

This album is an advancement rather than a return to form. Despite their previous effort struggling against the weight of the band's dormancy, this album is a moving experience that brings with it a sense of fading youth.

80
DIY

It’s the sound of a band breaking the reunion mould, making firm strides forward and leaving their legacy in the dust.

80
The 405

American Football (LP3)’s sound is more expansive than ever, production is slick and Kinsella’s lyrics have matured along with him.

80
Under The Radar

It's easily their most relaxed and thematically cohesive record, with darker undertones than expected, even for a band known to make emo rock.

80
Kerrang!

American Football have matured, but what remains unchanged is their ability to gently tug the heartstrings.

80
Upset

American Football have always found themselves sitting comfortably in different niches. ‘LP3’ stretches this further still, incorporating fuzzy shoegaze and metronomic post-rock, expanding the palette with rich and vibrant colours.

70
AllMusic

Anyone over the age of 40 should recognize most of what they're singing about, and even if you don't, the sweeping melancholy and epic presentation should be enough to make this deep dive into relaxed angst a journey worth taking for the third time.

70
The Needle Drop

Following a disappointing comeback album in 2016, American Football shows promise once again with the dreamier LP3.

70
Gigwise

Depending on who you are, LP3 might be the perfect introduction to the cult of American Football. If you are already well versed in the hymn sheet, this might be a Marmite album.

BuffaloStaple
82
LP2 WAS A FLUKE BOIS

THEY KILLED TIHDS

ITS SOGOODO

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Inglume
67
I really enjoyed American Football. It's gorgeous, quite comforting and just a great collection of songs that are so worth returning to. It's better than American Football, but not as great as American Football. I can't wait for their next album, American Football!

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smallpeeble
79
altho this is my least fave album from American Football, i still appreciate the simplicity of this LP. my inner emo has respawn again.
zachthesnack
73
Lush, Gorgeous, Sincere

I believe this record is everything I was hoping to be. American Football have released an absolutely gorgeous record filled with lush guitar work and honest vocals. The relaxing vibe I got from this was similar to the one I would get from a really good vaporwave tape (odd comparison i know). Even better is listening to this at 2am when you are fighting off sleep and having this calmly and gently put you to bed.
Strangelightsyd
60
Very pretty in memory but also very forgettable. I have literally no desire to come back to this. If I were to listen to amerc anfootball, I'd just listen to LP1

Oh there's a song featuring Hayley Williams?
Instant album of the year.
Seriously though, this album is gorgeous!
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Added on: December 11, 2018