Forever Turned Around

Whitney - Forever Turned Around
Critic Score
Based on 19 reviews
2019 Ratings: #436 / 625
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Based on 220 ratings
2019 Ratings: #435
August 30, 2019 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

85
The Line of Best Fit

Whitney accomplish a grandeur all their own on Forever…, finding themselves, right now, exactly where they should be.

82
Paste

A deeper look at Forever Turned Around reveals a score of meticulously crafted songs that all work together to create a very specific mood, a near-flawless soundtrack for the changing of the seasons.

80
Northern Transmissions

Even though they sound like they’re strumming their way through a lazy afternoon, they have a lot on their mind.

80
The Skinny

All of the beats are familiar, perhaps to a fault, from the instrumental at the midpoint to the shyly epic closer, but Forever Turned Around represents nuanced progress from an admirably subtle band.

80
AllMusic

Sometimes no big surprises is a welcome result.

80
Dork

‘Forever Turned Around’ may not be a record that will quicken any pulses but what it lacks in bangers, it makes up for in beauty.

78
Pitchfork

Forever Turn Around ends up being meandering, sleepy sometimes to a fault, a charmingly doe-eyed take on the kind of classic rock revivalism that plays well at music festivals.

75
Spectrum Culture

Forever Turned Around is striking in its warmth.

75
Consequence of Sound

Forever Turned Around is a bold accomplishment by Whitney, the perfect record for the nights where summer turns to fall, and after a beer or two, you fill with memories of what could have been.

70
Loud and Quiet

None of it’s new, but it’s proof that a lot can still be done with a beery-eyed keyboard and a six-string strum.

70
Exclaim!

Though relying on their well-worn instrumental strengths and lacking Light Upon the Lake's compositional variance, Forever Turned Around sharpens Whitney's songwriting for another intimate collection of heartfelt tunes.

65
Under The Radar

Influences begin to blend with the uninspired, and with that, Forever Turned Around fails to pack the punch Light Upon the Lake did so effortlessly.

60
Crack Magazine

Clearly, behind the easygoing melodies, the band have been grappling with those age-old existential issues, questioning mortality and doubt.

60
DIY

We’re not asking Whitney to soundtrack a raging rebellion, we just want them to make us feel things. ‘Forever Turned Around’ only partly succeeds.

40
God Is in the TV

Confusion and substance abuse are interesting themes hinted at but disappointingly never fully explored on Chicago-based Whitney‘s underwhelming second album Forever Turned Around.

dearsongs
78
I was afraid of this... The album is pretty for sure and its over in a flash, but after a 3 year wait I was hoping for a bit more than this. I was hoping Ehrlich would take a bit more of a leap in his abilities as a writer. The arrangements are nice, but the lyrical content is too similar to the last album. I can listen to a break up album like no ones business, but give me some more depth.

There is nothing as immediate as 'No Woman' on here, although as a whole there isn't a 'bad' song to be ... read more
musicmagpie55
73
Falsetto Babies return with an intimate follow-up to their immaculate debut. The album is tight, the trumpets are warm, and the mood is gentle. This record is pretty similar to Light Upon the Lake, though there is a larger sense of movement bubbling beneath the surface. They still sound like Allen Toussaint fanboys, so I will be curious to see if they ever shake up their singing style.

It's a fun day for guitars! Where the Lana del Ray feels massive, Whitney uses similar components to create ... read more
laz456
70
About as heartwarming as you can get without it getting cheesy. It's hard not to like something so charming despite the potential criticism that it's just kinda... basic? But I think the group know their strengths and play to them well and that makes for this being a fun listen.
thejacktackshac
78
This album makes me think of an analogy. An analogy in which you venture to a small fair in your hometown where they have a Ferris wheel, a small one, but a Ferris wheel nonetheless. You reminisce over the time you visited six flags and the thrill of riding the biggest ride there, the excitement, the nervousness, and then the actual ride, that ecstatically incompressible feeling you get as you reach an enormous height and then plummet down hundreds of feet into the next part of the ride. ... read more
Plats
80
"Forever Turned Around" is a short, simple and heartwarming album with sweet melodies, warm instrumentation and irresistible falsettos. While it doesn't have any tricks up its sleeves, it's still enjoyable and calming while also being mostly cohesive.

Fav Tracks: Valleys (My Love), Used To Be Lonely, Giving Up, Before I Know It, Song For Ty, Forever Turned Around

Least Fav Track: Rhododendron

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Track List

  1. Giving Up
  2. Used To Be Lonely
  3. Before I Know It
  4. Song For Ty
  5. Valleys (My Love)
  6. Rhododendron
  7. My Life Alone
  8. Day & Night
  9. Friend of Mine
  10. Forever Turned Around
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