Frances Quinlan - Likewise
Critic Score
Based on 17 reviews
2020 Ratings: #288 / 794
User Score
Based on 294 ratings
2020 Ratings: #423
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January 31, 2020 / Release Date
LP / Format
Saddle Creek / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

89
Paste

Likewise is a record full of little, unrelated moments that manage to create a world of their own when put together.

85
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.

83
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.

80
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.

80
The Skinny

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

80
DIY

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

80
Upset

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

80
Dork

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.

80
AllMusic

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

77
Pitchfork

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.

70
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.

70
Spectrum Culture

Quinlan has little to prove at this stage of her career, but her first solo album is nonetheless a solid entry into one of the best bodies of work in contemporary indie music.

70
The Young Folks

Likewise, even if repetitive at times, is this mixture of contemporary acoustics and Quinlan’s voice, making the lyric rise to the surface without a fail.

60
Exclaim!

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

60
The Needle Drop

Likewise's plain instrumental palette doesn't do much to complement Frances Quinlan's unique voice.

BGL13
68
mostly just decent but the last two tracks were fantastic
Houdanny
55
I quite liked the last Hop Along album, it had a lot of bubbly indie pop tunes that stuck with me for a while. But front woman Frances Quinlan’s solo debut sadly lacks a lot of the charm of that album. It feels a tad bit too undercooked for its own good, save for a few highlights.

Standout: A secret
Favs: Lean, Rare thing
Least fav: Detroit Lake
JohnLouisHoward
90
okay so here is the thing. unlike Adrianne Lenker's solo album, which sounded diminished next to her powerhouse work with Big Thief, Frances Quinlan sounds free and unbounded here, and much more of her complex personality shines forth without the restrictions of Hop Along. she sounds lighter, wittier, but still sardonic at times. this is Katie Crutchfield territory, or perhaps Thelma, or even Jenn Wasner, more art pop than indie pop. I think it's great but it is definitively not Hop Along. for ... read more
Aoaystheory
82
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!
stepbacktrey
76
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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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Added on: October 22, 2019