AOTY 2020

The Best of Luck Club

Alex Lahey - The Best of Luck Club
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
2019 Ratings: #387 / 758
User Score
Based on 79 ratings
2019 Ratings: #478
May 17, 2019 / Release Date
LP / Format
Dead Oceans / Label
Power Pop / Genres
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Consequence of Sound

In the midst of a golden age of female indie rockers whose lyrics cut you to the quick as you’re cutting a rug, Lahey stands out for her versatility. With buoyant wit, she rolls with the changes and delivers a lucid, omnivorous perspective that’s all her own.


The album has immense scale, wonderfully indulgent soundscapes and limitless sing-alongs.

The Line of Best Fit

It's a solid effort from the Aussie outlier; she's one who sees a world before her, the one she lives in the here and now, and finds a surge of relatability that keeps us on the hook for even more, dousing it in sugar-with-a-snap power chords.


Alex Lahey's romantic idealism is what makes her such an engaging songwriter. The Best of Luck Club may lack some of the whimsy that got her noticed, but with this more mature turn, Lahey has expressed some lyrical depth that wasn't quite there the first time around.


Playing nearly every instrument herself and writing the lyrics in marathon studio sessions, Lahey demonstrates her growth as an artist both musically and lyrically.

No Ripcord

With The Best of Luck Club, Lahey has surpassed the achievement of her fantastic debut, changing things up enough musically to keep it fresh, but without losing any of the wit or songwriting prowess that made her one of the best young artists working today.


The Australian pop-punk musician’s second album is a welcome and wide-open look at mid-twenties inertia and queer romance.


Alex has said that the album tracks “the highest highs and the lowest lows” of her life so far, but upon listening - despite an overall likeability and affable sheen - it’s a little flatter than that.

Under The Radar

The Best of Luck Club sounds and feels like a breakout record and, hopefully, Lahey can lead the charge when it comes to the army of Aussie acts currently knocking on the door of widespread adoration.


The Best of Luck Club, is a definite step up for Lahey.


On The Best of Luck Club, she adds a few new tricks to her repertoire without losing touch with what she was already doing so well, and based on this music, it's a safe bet that she'll be delivering more great songs in the future.


‘The Best of Luck Club’ is not quite as immediate as the bruising garage-rock intensity of her debut, but this is instead a world-building release.

The 405

Often, it’s hard to shake a sense that this is a jobbing songwriter in search of a niche.

This sophomore release continues to impress as she shows remarkable growth as a singer-songwriter with a knack for catchy hooks and shiny power pop sensibility that knocks out everything in the park.
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If you're a fan of alternative-rock, then you will probably like this album. As much as it sticks to it's alt-rock sound, it doesn't have a lot to offer in terms of an engaging structure. Every song felt like it did one take of the chorus, liked how it sounded, and copy and apsted it through the rest of the song. There is no harmonization, no instrumental changes, just a simple rehash, and I feel like this factor really dumbs down the experience for me. It has it's charming moments, but other ... read more
The musical equivalent of Mr. Krabs yelling THE HOOKS!!! THE HOOKS!!!!!

Misery Guts is such a fun little piece of pop punk
Made a whole post about this album but hated what I wrote and honestly I’ve grown to dislike this album. It’s pretty ok first listen but on repeated listens shows itself to have little to no standout qualities among other indie rock records.
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Year End Lists

#43/Under the Radar

Track List

  1. I Don't Get Invited to Parties Anymore
  2. Am I Doing It Right?
  3. Interior Demeanour
  4. Don’t Be so Hard on Yourself
  5. Unspoken History
  6. Misery Guts
  7. Isabella
  8. I Need to Move On
  9. Black RMs
  10. I Want to Live with You
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Added on: February 23, 2019