Pip Blom - Boat
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
2019 Ratings: #294 / 632
User Score
Based on 45 ratings
2019 Ratings: #782
May 31, 2019 / Release Date
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Heavenly / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
The Line of Best Fit
Uplifting, powerful and sincere, Pip Blom deliver a rich, ocean-inspired debut that is instantly captivating. This is the opening chapter to something very exciting.
80
The Skinny

Boat is a triumphant debut album because it’s both familiar and authentic. And when you have a melodic impulse that shines as brightly as this, you can’t really go wrong.

80
AllMusic

At a time when so many bands co-opt various sounds of '90s indie rock and don't add anything new or interesting, Pip Blom make it work on Boat by basically becoming a '90s indie rock band and doing it better than anyone else around.

75
The 405
Boat is a self-assured, mature body of work with a set of songs that sit beautifully together. The album has space to breathe, alter direction and progress over its duration.
70
Northern Transmissions
The waters might be choppy but ‘Boat’s course has been plotted out and this is just the start of an intriguing adventure for Pip Blom and her intrepid crew.
70
Pitchfork

There is no grand thesis or groundbreaking concept on Boat, but Pip Blom provide a welcoming nook for spacing out.

60
Dork
They’ve already nailed that live energy and the chemistry that drives them forward on stage fizzes through ‘Boat’ and is just as intoxicating. The back-and-forths. The freewheeling guitars. It all adds up to some fuzzy-pop goodness that’s as much a blast to listen to as it probably was to make.
usedtobe
77
Dutch indie pop's debut is a jangly, robust rock affair with fairly catchy tunes and tasty guitar riffs that feels both familiar and genuine. From the infectious Daddy Issues to heavy numbers Set of Stairs and Aha, this shows a promise for a band gearing towards an exciting future. Check 'em out.
cfreemon
63
You know when you're on Spotify radio or a random playlist, and you aren't paying attention to the music all that much? Then a song comes on that catches your attention for whatever reason and you think "Hey, this is pretty ok"? Then you go and check their artist page and find their new album to listen to? Then you listen through and think "Man, this is much more enjoyable as a one off" and go back to the playlist? That's the kind of music Pip Blom makes.

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JohnLouisHoward
80
nothing generic about it. hooks and riffs for days. another great summer record to spin on the turntable.
70
Sounded incredible for like 15 minutes then I just zoned-out. Still, solid debut.
44
Like most people, I assume, you heard Come Home and were intrigued by what else Pip Blom had in their locker. Turns out the locker is empty.
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Added on: January 27, 2019