Close It Quietly

Frankie Cosmos - Close It Quietly
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2019 Ratings: #512 / 757
User Score
Based on 127 ratings
2019 Ratings: #1102
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September 6, 2019 / Release Date
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Close It Quietly is composed and meticulous in flow, flawlessly delivering reserved passion.

No Ripcord

There's no doubt that Kline’s abundance of sharp ideas and approaches will lead her down some other paths, but Close It Quietly’s full-band approach yields an embarrassment of eminently listenable indie-rock gems.

Rolling Stone

Kline sings about some serious coming-of-age stuff here, but in the casual way of someone organizing their room, not getting lost in the pathways of their ennui.


Though the songs average just under two minutes each, at 21 tracks, it's generous for a Cosmos outing and does nothing to detract from Kline's reputation as one of indie pop's most reliable songsmiths.

The Line of Best Fit

The world may be crumbling around Greta Kline, and she may be getting older, but none of that has quashed her voracious creativity or suffocated her unique voice.


Close It Quietly sees the band take a few steps forward, sideways and back—an aural square dance that’s well worth your time.


On her fourth studio album, Greta Kline gamely stares down her middle twenties, that messy period where one’s early projections about the future tend to start unraveling.

The 405

Most frustrating about Close It Quietly specifically ... is that what it attempts has already been more effectively achieved by Kline and co. on previous Frankie Cosmos releases.

The fourth studio album from Greta Kline (aka Frankie Cosmos) adheres to her previous sound yet shows an apparent growth and evolution as it progresses into the 21-song tracklist that keeps listeners on their toes. It features various highs and lows with effortlessly urgent sentiment and introspection only she could transpose from paper into songs. She will always succeed in making a minute track so punchy yet emotive that never stales in a long run. Meticulously composed yet briskly paced, her ... read more
Too much similar tracks, basic indie rock songs, too short/too many tracks. Frankie cosmos is becoming particulary uninterested and predictible. She needs to take more time and another direction.
It has been a while since I heard an indie album that is trying too hard to be uninteresting, and would rather see itself be relegated to the backdrop of a coffee shop. This album is offensive in the sense that it is so incredibly inoffensive. Out of the 20-or-something songs on this album, Frankie Cosmos make sure to write only two or three interesting ones. This album has the personality of a pumpkin spice latte.

Seriously, I am getting angry writing this review. Who thought making this ... read more
It's got a pleasant vibe, but the newest Frankie Cosmos album is fairly lacking in substance. These 20 short songs only add up to roughly 40 minutes of material, and after the first few cuts it's clear that this simple instrumentation and wispy vocal combination will sustain throughout the project, and it just gets tedious to listen through and pick out individual stand-out tracks. Nice aesthetic, but it's drawn out for far too long without any noticeable progression.

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I see people are especially pissed that the newest Frankie Cosmos album sounds like a Frankie Cosmos album. “Close It Quietly” should not come as a surprise to any fans of Greta Kline’s work — she’s doing what she always does, and pretty well at that. Kline is an uncommonly prolific and affecting indie pop auteur, and her charm and wit are always preserved despite (or because of?) her constant tempo changes and unwillingness to complete her songs. That said, there ... read more
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Year End Lists

#30/Good Morning America

Track List

  1. Moonsea
  2. Cosmic Shop
  3. 41st
  4. So Blue
  5. A Joke
  6. Rings (On a Tree)
  7. Actin' Weird
  8. Windows
  9. Never Would
  10. Self-destruct
  11. Wannago
  12. I'm It
  13. Trunk of a Tree
  14. Last Season's Textures
  15. Even Though I Knew
  16. UFO
  17. Marbles
  18. Did You Find
  19. A Hit
  20. With Great Purpose
  21. This Swirling
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Added on: June 19, 2019