Midnight

Stef Chura - Midnight
Critic Score
Based on 11 reviews
2019 Ratings: #80 / 305
User Score
Based on 53 ratings
2019 Ratings: #100
June 7, 2019 / Release Date
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Saddle Creek / Label
Indie Rock / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

88
Paste

This an indie record for the ages, a wonderful listen where each song is completely essential to the project as a whole. Midnight is an incredible record.

83
Consequence of Sound

Chock-full of mature songwriting, sometimes hard-hitting and sometimes sweeping from low-lit nadirs to explosive zeniths, Midnight is a brawny performance from a young artist.

80
PopMatters

Midnight fulfills Stef Chura's promise. Broad in scope, its 12 songs cover a range of moods, tones, and energies.

80
Dork

Everything feels a bit bolder and more assured as Stef wraps her irresistible vocals around some heavier and glammier rock sounds that emphasise a thrilling sense of urgency.

80
AllMusic

Chura's in fine form again here -- it wouldn't be an overstatement to call it a doozy.

80
Rolling Stone

Midnight pushes well past the hard-scrabble drive of her 2017 debut Messes, with a bigger, rangier sound.

76
Pitchfork

Chura has mastered the art of playfully selling herself short, but Midnight should put an end to that.

70
Exclaim!

Her voice matches Midnight's offerings perfectly, walking the line between visceral passion and an exhausted shrug.

70
The 405

Stef Chura’s best tracks have no set, predictable amassing of sound that gravitate towards conceited moments of intensity. Instead, on Midnight, they’re structured with multiple, musically inventive phases.

70
No Ripcord

The Detriot, Michigan singer-songwriter uses her reactive emotions with humor and acerbity on her second full-length album, using potent guitar riffs to counterpoint her sharp-witted subtext.

usedtobe
86
Sounds so refreshingly 90's with a bolder, dense indie rock tracks and shifting energies chanelling Liz Phair. Produced by Will Toledo of Car Seat Headrest, no wonder this would rank as one of the ferocious rock efforts of the year.
laz456
65
We've heard all this before but that doesn't keep this album from at least being a good bit of fun.
PatrickL0419
63
With Will Toledo on production!

Although some track really go in and I enjoy the lo-fi nature of the record, a good deal is also your run-of-the-mill tepid indie rock. Chura does have a distinct style all to her own though, it just sounds like it needs to be refined a bit more. Definitely one to continue watching.
WildChameleon
70
Oh yeah produced by Will Toledo !

I like the energy of the rock tracks, but the entire album is strangely balanced. The energy delivered doesn't have layers of personnality and results with just punchy tracks and nothing else. All the tracks are different and function individualy but in the whole album, one time a quiet track can be between two high energy tracks and another time it can take long time to see one.

One of the best tracks is sweet sweet midnight thanks to toledo addition for a ... read more
Kuru
75
Although I didn’t like everything offered to me on this album, I did enjoy the great majority of this project. I read in usedtobe’s review that the album has been produced by Will Toledo of Car Seat Headrest, which explains a lot about the production. It explains the seemingly copious amounts of energy protruding from the instrumentals. After hearing just the first three tracks, I knew I’d like a lot of this album, as they were all different and in the end I knew that it all ... read more
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Track List

  1. All I Do is Lie
  2. Scream
  3. Degrees
  4. Method Man
  5. Trumbull
  6. Jumpin' Jack
  7. Sincerely Yours
  8. 3D Girl
  9. Sweet Sweet Midnight
  10. Love Song
  11. They'll Never
  12. Eyes Without a Face
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