Snapshot of a Beginner

Nap Eyes - Snapshot of a Beginner
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2020 Ratings: #214 / 603
User Score
Based on 67 ratings
2020 Ratings: #616
Liked by 2 people
March 27, 2020 / Release Date
LP / Format
Jagjaguwar / Label
Indie Rock / Genres
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I listened to the album because I loved the single they realised 'Mark Zuckerberg'. A funny, bright, nostalgic and somewhat beautiful track.
This album isn't as good as that single, unfortunately, but it certainly isn't bad.
I think this album is great if you want to play it in the background for a nice vibe because it's far from unlikable and it has a nice chill vibe.
I just don't think it's at all memorable and I can't really remember any of the songs off of here.
Favourite tracks: Mark ... read more
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.

Decent 6/10
At this point you know what you’re getting into with Nap Eyes, which is by no means a bad thing. The band generally sticks to the template laid out on 2018’s “I’m Bad Now,” but what “Snapshot of a Beginner” lacks in that album’s standout moments, it makes up for in consistency and in taking a few extra chances. Essentially, Nap Eyes succeed on the strength of their songs alone, and “Snapshot of a Beginner” is another collection of ... read more
Gathering newfound lyrical confidence, the Halifax slack-rockers trade the sparseness of their early material for gentle guitar chords and gleaming Mellotron harmonies.

Nigel Chapman spends a lot of time singing about his own inability to take action. Whether seated on the couch at a party or pacing the desolate streets of his hometown, the Nap Eyes frontman habitually falls back on restless indecision, spinning stories about his own passivity in the face of existential concerns. The best Nap ... read more
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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