Frances Quinlan - Likewise
Critic Score
Based on 17 reviews
2020 Ratings: #319 / 857
User Score
Based on 301 ratings
2020 Ratings: #516
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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
AllMusic

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

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
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
DIY

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

80
The Skinny

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

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.

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

stepbacktrey
76

cute

BGL13
68

mostly just decent but the last two tracks were fantastic

barfmusic
90

This album reminded me of why I love Frances Quinlan's songwriting. Their solo outing proves that their music, voice, and storytelling can hold its own alongside the stellar work of Hop Along. As a solo artist, Quinlan's unique voice and perspective gets placed front and center, and they shine here. I do slightly miss the pop sensibility held by full Hop Along records, but Quinlan's stories are so compelling that you don't need full indie-pop-rock bombast to stay engaged with this record.
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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

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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