Pinegrove - Marigold
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Based on 16 reviews
2020 Ratings: #360 / 809
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2020 Ratings: #704
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In a world aching to be cynical, Pinegrove are anything but, and Marigold is a ray of hope in a hopeless world.


Expertly crafted songs that are about getting better, if you want them to be.

The Line of Best Fit

There is baggage to Marigold, and for some it might prove a step too far. For those who feel otherwise inclined, there is much here to cherish.

Under The Radar

What is clear is that the album adds to Pinegrove's growing status as one of the most talented recording and touring bands in the land


Marigold is an excellent portrayal of someone trying to get better, own up to his mistakes and move on in a healthy way for all parties involved.


This open and awed mindset is a shade that works perfectly for Pinegrove, whose countrified indie rock crackles with warmth and softness, casting Hall’s words with melodious compassion.


Marigold offers no major surprises or alterations in the band's sound, just quality songwriting and a rather remarkable consistency.

Consequence of Sound

Hardcore fans will be happy the band have survived a crisis, but Marigold falters a bit under the weight of Hall’s relentless self-regard.


The New Jersey outfit's fourth album is their biggest departure to date: one of positivity and a drive to find a healthier mindset.


It's a record of choices, both the creative ones made by its contributors, and the ones we as listeners are forced to make.


On their fourth album, the indie-folk band still possess their signature warmth, but the charm of their heartfelt confessionals has dimmed.


In the wake of scandal, it sometimes seems as though Pinegrove have tried to record an album so boring and sensible that no one could think of anything to say about it.


Those who come to Pinegrove without knowing the backstory will find an album of pleasant alt-country that may not hit the heights of their back catalogue, but feels like a tentative step back to normality.

No Ripcord

Hall’s allegations haunt Marigold, a project that’s already complacent and plodding—turning it into something self-pitying and frustrating.

album is obviously anti-drugs and fun for the whole family
I'm actually enjoying this quite a bit, which I wasn't expecting. This is the first Pinegrove album I'm checking out, which is maybe why my score is higher than some- I'm seeing criticisms that it's just more of the same from them which makes sense. For me, though, it kinda hits the spot when I'm in the mood for some simple, earnest emo/indie.
Unfortunately Marigold rather annoyed me and even if I try again I have the same observation...

It's true that Evan Stephens Hall puts his heart into it, that he has a beautiful voice and that he has rather a beautiful writing, however I can't find the great song or the melody that could charm me...

It's still a good work, but all objectivity is really (really) below the previous albums! Anyway, it reminded me a lot of this alternative and Indie Rock music of the late 90s and early 2000 with ... read more
I will start with my biggest issue here: this record is pretty bland and at times there can be a 10 minute interval where it sounds like the same song is still going. There just isn't a whole lot of variation to make it more interesting as a whole.
However, I really like the vocals. There is a sense of warmth and vulnerability. It is a very personal listen which is enabled mostly by the lyrics which I found to be solid. The title track closer is kind of useless. Edit: this aint bad at ... read more
I never, in my entire life, would have thought I would be so open and susceptible to this alt-country and indie rock mixture as I am, but gosh dang it, I loved this album! It has such a wholesome and intellectual vibe to it that makes me almost giddy, even though the subject matter that they are touching upon can be pretty serious. It's a wave of nostalgia where I don't think I can locate where the origin of the feeling is coming from, but what I do know is that I want more of the smooth ... read more
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Added on: October 30, 2019