Black Friday

Palehound - Black Friday
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
2019 Ratings: #46 / 305
User Score
Based on 59 ratings
2019 Ratings: #203
June 7, 2019 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

85
The 405

Palehound deliver their most cutting, personal and resounding album yet in Black Friday.

83
Paste

Black Friday is a constantly modulating love song to the very human experience of clinging to other people, but through her sharp writing, Kempner offers insight on how to rely on ourselves when everyone else leaves.

80
AllMusic

As a writer, Kempner's antennae are acutely tuned in to the heart's dizzying range of emotions, and with Black Friday, her connection remains as strong as ever.

80
Exclaim!

Serving as an exercise in humility, Black Friday is a testament to the value of tenderness in a world steeped in trepidation.

74
Pitchfork

Black Friday reaches far toward the hazy horizon, letting the nervous energy of Palehound's first two LPs mount and unspool.

fakeplasticrose
60
i swear i've heard this album 50 times
MasterCrackfox
76
A fun and pleasing album that is driven by the creative and in many ways simplistic songwriting. The focus on witty and introspective lyricism and emotionally raw vocal delivery make for a strong introduction to Palehound from my end and encourages me to check out some of their back catalog at some point.

Favorite track: Sneakers
Doofy
NR
This album feels like the same cookie cutter indie folk style with the same stock fem-indie lyrical concerns that are everywhere right now - which makes it a perfunctory, oftentimes tedious, listening experience.

‘Killer’ pricked my ears and had me racing to see if it was a cover of an Elliott Smith B-Side I’d missed - it wasn’t, but the verse melody sounds lifted from Smith anyhow.

It remains a decent tune but I haven’t a clue how anyone could get excited by the ... read more
HCOP511
67
This album is fine, just fine. I think the issue is that it’s such a saturated market right now of this type of pop/indie rock with a soft spoken female vocalist (i.e. Soccer Mommy) that you need to make leaps and bounds to stand out from the crowd. This album just doesn’t do that for me.
usedtobe
86
Deeply felt and accomplished third full length studio effort from the Boston-based combo that explores the themes of love & compassion with rock anthems laced with emotional sincerity and optimism, shedding light to Ellen Kempner's inner turmoil and vulnerability.
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Track List

  1. Company
  2. Aaron
  3. Black Friday
  4. Worthy
  5. Killer
  6. Where We Live
  7. Bullshit
  8. Sneakers
  9. Urban Drip
  10. Stick N Poke
  11. The City
  12. In Town
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