Ex Hex - Rips
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Based on 13 reviews
2014 Ratings: #46 / 842
Year End Rank: #41
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Based on 101 ratings
2014 Ratings: #105
October 7, 2014 / Release Date
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The reason why Ex Hex Rips is so triumphant is that it easily attains its simple goal of presenting a total blast for the listener to savour. Or to take the title's bait, Ex Hex Rips rips. 


'Rips' draws skilfully from the twang of CBGB-era punk, glam's robust swagger and Go-Gos pop-punk, imbuing the likes of small-town howl 'New Kid' with the assurance that comes from two decades spent playing in bands


Rips mostly finds the band walking away from Timony's established voice and pushing toward something more direct and energetic—embracing the past, but also blowing things up and starting again.

The Skinny

You could call it powerpop if you wanted, with the spectre of Cheap Trick haunting the bouncy likes of How You Got That Girl, though the bubblegum rock of Radio On and War Paint call The Runaways to mind just as easily, with Timony’s luminescent guitar-playing as much a hypnotic treat as ever.


One of the most entertaining chapters in Timony's career, Rips mixes simple pleasures and complicated ones into a completely life-affirming debut.

The Line of Best Fit

There’s nary an ounce of artiness or innovation here, and it sounds almost hopelessly out of time in 2014, yet you can’t help but grin and love it just the same.


Rips actually ends up adding to her reputation precisely because she performs like she’s got nothing left to prove or lose with it. 

Drowned in Sound

There are no flourishes, no accentuations on Rips, only precisely what needs to be there; noodling guitar parts and an unyielding punk aesthetic. 

The 405

There is an underlying message that sticks its middle finger up to modern day production and contemporary attitudes to music, as every song does exactly as it pleases with complete disregard to everything else happening in music today.


It’s a slim volume to add to the Timony collection—never ambitious but absolutely fun, a record from three women who feel comfortable with each other and just want to play loud.

Rolling Stone

This all-female trio are the most exciting thing to happen to hard-driving power-chord grooves since Kathleen Hanna kneed us in the groin with "Rebel Girl."

Consequence of Sound

For fans of huge riffs — don’t be surprised to find yourself putting in some serious air guitar work — the new Ex Hex record won’t disappoint, even if the lyrical depth is lacking.

Dec 20, 2017
Better stuff out there
Nov 1, 2015
Full of pop, rock and verve Mary Timony delivers another stellar release with Rips. Never one to sit and mold, Timony and band punch straight ahead crafting a very nice disc of power pop and then some. I'd have given it higher marks, but I'm just not that excited by this style like I once was. Basically, a fun CD meant to entertain which it does smartly.
Apr 6, 2015
Modern punk at its best, minimalist and energetic wall of sound with a bite. This very good album also gets catchy as the trio has great chemistry.

Favourite tracks: Don’t Want to Lose, How You Got that Girl
Nov 11, 2014
Ex Hex provides an album that for the most part is very enjoyable. There some nice riffs throughout and catchy tunes. Although it can get a little monotonous, the joyful overtone of the album shakes that away.
Oct 25, 2014
Somewhere between garage-pop and power-pop (what's the difference) these three ladies decided to drop anchor and enjoy themselves.
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Track List
  1. Don't Wanna Lose
  2. Beast
  3. Waste Your Time
  4. You Fell Apart
  5. How You Got That Girl
  6. Waterfall
  7. Hot and Cold
  8. Radio On
  9. New Kid
  10. War Paint
  11. Everywhere
  12. Outro
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Added on: July 9, 2014