Frances Quinlan - Likewise
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Based on 14 reviews
2020 Ratings: #26 / 81
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Based on 172 ratings
2020 Ratings: #55
January 31, 2020 / Release Date
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Saddle Creek / Label
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The Line of Best Fit

A stunning release, Likewise is Quinlan’s proof that, either on her own or with her band, hers is a voice not likely to get lost in the crowd.

Consequence of Sound

Likewise is a gorgeous solo debut from a unique singing and writing voice, a record that quietly gets under your skin and stays there.

Northern Transmissions

Fans of Hop Along will find much to latch onto here and new listeners will surely be entranced by Quinlan’s strong voice and beautiful songwriting.

The Skinny

Likewise is an empathetic nod to the listener; an invitation to openness.


It’s all effortlessly pulled together by Frances’ distinctive and enthralling vocals.


On her debut solo album 'Likewise', she explores a softer side to her usual realms of instrumentation, which allows her vocal cords to flourish.


Being more adventurous and experimenting with different sounds clearly sets this record apart from her previous work with Hop Along and gives the world the chance to fully recognise her as the impressive songstress she undoubtedly is.


While Likewise still features the singer's peculiar, leaping vocal melodies, one of the album's biggest surprises is its sweeter, softer demeanor.


The Philadelphia musician’s first record under her own name eschews the blown-out euphoria of her band Hop Along, but her voice remains an instrument of rare expressive power.

Under The Radar

Likewise may not be the album that brings new fans to the fold, but those already on the Hop Along bandwagon will eat this up.


Likewise checks all the boxes of a "good" album, but it's also a bit boring.

Album of the Week: 2-3-20

Frances Quinlan is one of the most recognizable voices of Indie rock music right now, and her solo-debut is proof that even without the creative support of Hop Along she can craft beautiful music. It has many parallels to her songs with Hop Along yet entirely unique. Recommended to everyone, an essential listen for 2020!
Frances Quinlan is most notable as the front-woman of indie rock act Hop Along, a group who to this point have released three full length albums and have steadily maintained my attention ever since their debut record Get Disowned. Although the voice is hard to miss, the similarities between Hop Along's separate discography and Quinlan's debut record Likewise essentially end there.

Hop Along often feature fun yet dramatic music, with Quinlan flexing ever-impressive performances throughout by ... read more
Frances Quinlan is a rising talent and she might be my favorite vocalist at the moment. Of course I was impressed with Hop Along, there first couple of albums were excellent. But the only familiar thing in Quinlan's solo project is her iconic and transcendent voice. The album embraces a much more upbeat tone, even verging on pop at times. The instrumentation is also significantly different, Quinlan invites synths, keyboards, strings and even a harp onto her solo record making for a rich and ... read more
If you went into this looking for another Hop Along album, you might be a little disappointed. But, that's what I think solo albums are supposed to be, exploring a sound not typical to your group and exploring your own sonic soundscape. Although the punk motifs that I love so much about Hop Along are gone, I think the storytelling on this album rivals some of the best tracks from Bark Your Head Off, Dog.

Frances Quinlan opts for a much more folk / singer-songwriter sound on her debut solo ... read more
Likewise is charming at first glance but in the end it's quite uneven, it's a kind of mix between indie pop and acoustic folk, because yes, it's mostly the acoustic aspect that's highlighted here. So sometimes I find it effective on Went to LA for example, because this song is very well written and it puts an incredible passion into it.

But if not, and especially at the beginning, I always have the impression that there are some things missing, in general it's mostly in the instrumentation ... read more
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Track List

  1. Piltdown Man
  2. Your Reply
  3. Rare Thing
  4. Detroit Lake
  5. A Secret
  6. Went to LA
  7. Lean
  8. Now That I'm Back
  9. Carry the Zero
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