Snapshot of a Beginner

Nap Eyes - Snapshot of a Beginner
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2020 Ratings: #64 / 267
User Score
Based on 55 ratings
2020 Ratings: #320
Liked by 1 person
March 27, 2020 / Release Date
LP / Format
Jagjaguwar / Label
Indie Rock / Genres
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If the whole album was as strong as the track 'Real Thoughts' we'd be looking at an AOTY contender - as it is this mix of slacker indie rock and deadpan Cass McCombs'ish faintly psychedelic alt folk is instantly warming but at the final count, too easygoing/baked to make a stronger impression than that.
The cover looks like it was released in 2002 lmao, I love that vibe though. If only the album could've followed that vibe...sigh 😔 Oh well, it was still alright.

"Mark Zuckerberg" was a wild and hilarious track though.
Doesn't have a lot of staying power. Best track: Real Thoughts
Nap Eyes delivers their most polished and meta album yet. The instrumentals on Snapshot of a Beginner are simpler than their other records but it's still a solid listen.
Its gleam is not due to its originality, but to the fact that Nap Eyes is serving so beautifully on their new album; the mix preaches a wonderful collection of delicate alt-folk moments that really puts the listener in a homesick mood. Its joy goes beyond how it's achieved overall, but it's how it's felt.

HIGHS: Primordial Soup, Even Though I Can’t Read Your Mind, Mystery Calling, If You Were In Prison, When I Struck out on My Own, Though I Wish I Could

LOWS: So Tired
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Track List

  1. So Tired
  2. Primordial Soup
  3. Even Though I Can’t Read Your Mind
  4. Mark Zuckerberg
  5. Mystery Calling
  6. Fool Thinking Ways
  7. If You Were In Prison
  8. Real Thoughts
  9. Dark Link
  10. When I Struck out on My Own
  11. Though I Wish I Could
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Added on: January 21, 2020