Tasmania

Pond - Tasmania
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2019 Ratings: #390 / 583
User Score
Based on 248 ratings
2019 Ratings: #569
March 1, 2019 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
God Is in the TV

Although it lacks the humour and playful culture-poking of its predecessor The Weather and its regular use of voice decoders does occasionally blur out potentially meaningful lyrics which could add weight to the concept, on the whole Tasmania is an incredibly well-produced sonic experience.

80
NME

Though the record bears a couple of similarities with Tame Impala’s own ‘Currents’, it’s more playful, and less meticulous in its approach.

80
The Skinny

An unpredictable and exciting record flowing with psychedelia and funk-driven basslines, Tasmania is a true reflection of what makes Pond so great.

80
The Line of Best Fit

The instrumentation of this record ... showcases a band capable of innovating, pushing themselves and experimenting eight albums deep to come up with an album more than worthy of praise.

75
Pitchfork

The eighth album from the Australian psych-rockers is their most melodically realized of their career. The strains of pop offer a lovely imprint of a band in a constant state of flux.

75
Consequence of Sound

Pond have come into their own on Tasmania, forming a true expression that stands out among their discography. Everyone in the band gets the freedom to do whatever they want, and they do not disappoint.

70
AllMusic

it's Pond's personality that shines brightest on Tasmania, and they've turned these songs into an off-kilter gem that's worth exploring.

70
Under The Radar

Over burbling synths and cosmic jam sessions the soundscapes veer from of Montreal to Can, but the innocently pensive voice at the core of it all unifies all of these threads into a quilt your psyched out grandmother knit to keep you warm whenever you needed to recharge.

60
DIY

Beneath all the superfluous sonic meddling ... it’s still a voyage worth beholding.

60
The 405

Much of Tasmania is still a lot of fun, but Pond manage to skip a host of intermediate descriptors and blur the line between fun and boring. This record is innovative in the sense that you’ve never heard Pond do it before, but dull because you’ve heard many of their contemporaries do it dozens of times.

60
musicOMH

Despite some excellent high points, Tasmania appears jumbled as a whole and there are too many tracks that just don’t hit the bullseye for it to be upheld as the best Pond have recorded.

MusicSucks
59
Maybe I JUST DON'T GET IT, but this was actually kind of boring.
Just like in some Tame Impala songs, I just feel too underwhelmed by the vocals and the instrumentals cant really do anything by themselves.
I mean, this aesthetic is fun for a while but it wears off so easily and the problem is that there is nothing really keeping me interested in listening.
Nevertheless, I can still hear some skill and this wasn't BAD by any means, just a tad disappointing.
0xiela
NR
i tried to like 'tasmania', i even listened to it twice. i simply can't appreciate a single song from this album, this is their worst so far
bajafrecuencia
50
Pretty generic and unspired for a psychedelic rock act. Production is top notch -you can’t expect less from the man Kevin Parker-, but the writing have no impressive skills on its core.

Decent 5
Plats
77
While "Tasmania" becomes inconsistent during the latter half of the record, Pond delivers some interesting aesthetics with Kevin Parker's fingerprints all over them and addresses societal problems with solid writing.

Fav Tracks: Burnt Out Star; Tasmania; Doctor's In; Goodnight, P.C.C.; Daisy (grew on me quite a bit, actually)

Least Fav Track: Selené

Score:
7.7
Very Good
itsyahboinoah
60
Keeping to their psychedelic pop roots. Their latest album was a slight improvement to their last album of 2017 "The Weather" incorporating more of a solid groove base. The vocalist lyrics here is a change of pace facing more towards the tragedy world around them. However, despite all the positivity on here their is still a lot of concerns that gives this album an overall mild listen. The song structure in the middle to later half of the album is in-consistent that tunes me out. Still ... read more
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Track List

  1. Daisy
  2. Sixteen Days
  3. Tasmania
  4. The Boys Are Killing Me
  5. Hand Mouth Dancer
  6. Goodnight, P.C.C.
  7. Burnt Out Star
  8. Selené
  9. Shame
  10. Doctor's In
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