At the Party With My Brown Friends

Black Belt Eagle Scout - At the Party With My Brown Friends
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
2019 Ratings: #179 / 639
User Score
Based on 82 ratings
2019 Ratings: #705
August 30, 2019 / Release Date
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Saddle Creek / Label
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At the Party With My Brown Friends is another exquisite installation in what I sincerely hope and believe is a career that will only continue to blossom.

Consequence of Sound

Offering sanctuary to anyone with a soul full of longing, At the Party with My Brown Friends is a beautiful affirmation of our common needs and a reminder that love is possible.

The Skinny
Above all, it serves as a welcome and touching reminder that, in a global climate of political turbulence, intolerance, and bigotry, love and acceptance are critical.
Yet at its core ‘At The Party With my Brown Friends’ is filled with hope. Painting a tranquil image of friendship and family, at times bordering on escapist, Black Belt Eagle Scout finds both the tenderness in companionship and its fragility.
The Observer
The uniqueness of her voice, though, stems not just from her origins, but her uncanny ability to capture the heart.

Reminiscent of Sharon Van Etten for its rumbling percussion and cathartic melodies, At the Party is lusher and more delicate than its grungy predecessor, Mother of My Children, but no less powerful.

The 405

Black Belt Eagle Scout has crafted an album to play any naysayer: At the Party with My Brown Friends will make a fan out of anyone.

Over the course of the album, this near-hour spent in the presence of the people she loves, she is reminded that she is equal to any challenge which may befall her.
Under The Radar

At the Party with My Brown Friends is the sound of an artist changing without changing, picking up what worked and carrying it into something new. Searing less, simmering more, it lingers and lingers and lingers.

Pretty much every song, when listened to individually, is far from lacking emotional impact, indicating that Paul’s sweet spot exists within the realm of midtempo, linear songs. To have nine such hymns packaged into one album is itself a gift—call it a token of friendship.
The Line of Best Fit

Despite the sound not differing largely from her debut, each track on At The Party... presents a distinct purpose, yet when considered as an album as a whole each track seamlessly melts into one.


Neither as radically charged or emotionally turbulent as her debut, At the Party is still an engaging listen whose charms come by way of connection and compassion rather than discord.

Spectrum Culture

At the Party with My Brown Friends gathers together songs of such tremulous pop bravado that, if there’s any justice, should make it the star of any number of film soundtracks, and open up the world of Black Belt Eagle Scout to a far wider audience.

Yet another bedroom rock album to finish off the wonderful month of August. Black Belt Eagle Scout's newest project is calm and cozy, and has its occasional shining moments, but it mostly stays uninteresting throughout. If you like your indie rock decaf, then you will love this album. For hardcore caffeine addicts as me, this album only evokes the slight twitching of the eye.

So let's examine how Black Belt Eagle Scout shines, and when she dims. The main problem here is that despite being 35 ... read more
While BBES has been really vocal about delivering an album for minorities and not wanting to touch a larger audience, I don't think that most of the tracks succeed to do it.

Mostly, it's because she chooses to not be specific of the people she adresses her lyrics. While you can imagine that the people will recognize themselves in the lyrics, she also doesn't prove to be an excellent lyricist. More than that, the music itself isn't really standing out compare to effort of this year (julia ... read more
#1 At the Party / #6 I Said I Wouldn't Write This Song
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Track List

  1. At the Party
  2. My Heart Dreams
  3. Going to the Beach with Haley
  4. Real Lovin
  5. Run It to Ya
  6. I Said I Wouldn’t Write This Song
  7. Scorpio Moon
  8. Half Colored Hair
  9. You’re Me and I’m You
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Added on: June 11, 2019