AOTY 2019
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard - Fishing for Fishies
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2019 Ratings: #396 / 610
User Score
Based on 579 ratings
2019 Ratings: #371
April 26, 2019 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

85
Under The Radar

In light of the more critical subject matter, Fishing for Fishies represents yet another face of the King Gizz outfit: equal parts heavy and lofty, light and dark.

80
Loud and Quiet

Its roaming songs imagine blues rock in the age of the robot.

80
Exclaim!

Fishing for Fishies is the freest the band have sounded in a while, and the record is all the better for it.

80
Dork

With ceaseless imagination, serious grooves, blissful flights of fancy, ‘Fishing For Fishies’ is up there with their best.

80
AllMusic

Once again, King Gizzard deliver a record that lives up to their high standard even though it (mostly) is free from ambition and drama.

80
Gigwise

In Fishing for Fishies, they have gone down a decidedly safer route – but its humid, summertime sound is infectious.

70
FLOOD Magazine

The record is kind of fascinating in its obsession with the “boogie”—both as a verb and as a musical genre.

70
DIY

Do not doubt that King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard still know how to kick ass.

70
The Needle Drop

Fishing for Fishies is a fun and eco-friendly boogie rock odyssey.

60
Slant Magazine

For all of its attempts at unconventionality ... Fishing for Fishies fails to yield anything truly novel within the scope of blues-rock.

60
The 405

Fishing For Fishies is at its best moments a cyber-blues blast. Sadly though, the album possesses a few moments of King Gizzard’s zany flair.

48
Pitchfork

The idiosyncratic Australian band’s most streamlined album to date is risky only in that it is their first to be downright boring.

PipePanic
84
Some albums slap.

Some albums astound.

This album?

Boogies.

To say I was excited for this album is a understatement and a half. I mean, if they can crank out 5 steller albums in a year, then what's gonna happen when they take a year off? And the end result is dynamic, interesting and fun as ever, with a more quaint soundscape then previous albums. It's bluesy in nature, but much more complex and detailed while also keeping it comprehensive and uniquely original. It's a much more wholesome ... read more
zachthesnack
83
I FEEL LIKE A CHILD AGAIN! This album made me so fucking happy!

This record honestly has so much character and it is so damn unique. The juxtaposed worlds of innocent nature and cyborg utopia offer a really interesting contrast from the beginning of the record to the end. There are plenty of boogies to be had all throughout this record as it is littered with clever wordplay and a variety of interesting genre influences. All in all this is a phenomenal first impression of King Gizzard for me ... read more
Plats
94
Someone help! I think I got infected by the... by the... B O O G I E D I S E A S E!!!

"Fishing For Fishies" is definitely the most fun I've had with an album this year! The styles of boogieing Stu and Ambrose tackle are extremely varied here and the production is spot-on in each and every track! The whole record is infectious and cohesive, and it makes it more prominent that King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard are one of the most prolific and original bands out there!

Most ... read more
TreyLikesBands
78
Good

Edit: It's unfortunate that I never really find myself returning to this record as a whole, regardless of a couple tracks.

Original Score: 90, Amazing

Imma be honest, I was nervous for this album and how it was going to turn out. From a consistency standpoint, these tracks fit together in a perfect way, and every song has the same mood. This is probably due to Ambrose’s harmonica interchanges and the overall bluesy feel. This is some of their best material in my opinion as well. ... read more
exception
51
Really wanted to like this. But I end up agreeing with the dickhead from Pitchfork this time. This is an album of psych rock cliches that don't end up leaving any impression on me. Cool cover though.
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Track List

  1. Fishing for Fishies
  2. Boogieman Sam
  3. The Bird Song
  4. Plastic Boogie
  5. The Cruel Millennial
  6. Real's Not Real
  7. This Thing
  8. Acarine
  9. Cyboogie
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