Frances Quinlan - Likewise
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
2020 Ratings: #222 / 589
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Based on 272 ratings
2020 Ratings: #436
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January 31, 2020 / Release Date
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Saddle Creek / Label
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Likewise is a record full of little, unrelated moments that manage to create a world of their own when put together.

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.

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.

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.


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

The Needle Drop

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

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!
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
Don't know how i missed this when it first released, but at least i'm getting to it now

Frances Quinlan is well known within the Indie scene as the lead singer, songwriter and guitarist for the group Hop Along, a brilliant combination of Power Pop and Indie Rock that could pull at nearly any emotional string within a listener and take it to a wonderful catharsis either through sheer energy, screaming the top of her lungs or through a quiet plea.
My introduction to Hop Along came in 2015 with ... 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
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
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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