The Prettiest Curse

Hinds - The Prettiest Curse
Critic Score
Based on 20 reviews
2020 Ratings: #258 / 692
User Score
Based on 221 ratings
2020 Ratings: #496
Liked by 7 people
June 5, 2020 / Release Date
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Mom+Pop / Label
Indie Rock / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
The Skinny

The Prettiest Curse is their finest work to date – full of assurance and poise, and still an absolute riot.

90
Loud and Quiet

On The Prettiest Curse, the band have honed their craft: here their characteristic puerility slashes like a knife, and is wielded as a weapon in the pursuit of inclusive, jubilant, defiant indie-pop.

85
Paste

They’ve grown up, whether they meant to or not, but they haven’t lost their edge. They’ve merely sharpened it with their best work to date.

80
Gigwise

This is the most consistent album Hinds have made so far, synth feels like a natural fit for them and they use it with the vibrancy suggested by the array of colours shown on the album cover.

80
NME

On ‘The Prettiest Curse’, they’ve taken their sound and unashamedly experimented with it. They’re all the better for it.

80
No Ripcord

The Prettiest Curse revels in the simple pleasures of big hooks, chunky chord changes, and sing-a-long melodies.

80
Clash

A fine album that balances its expansive and experimental edge with rich, emotional musicality.

80
AllMusic

Overall, the combo of the band's inspired playing, the note-perfect production, the memorably fun songs, and the vitality of their voices helps make The Prettiest Curse their best record yet.

80
musicOMH

The Prettiest Curse is just about as uplifting a record as you’re likely to hear any time soon.

80
DIY

Hinds' third album sees the Madrid four-piece complete their transition from reverb-laden lo-fi slacker rock to fully-fledged indie anthem creators, all while maintaining their playful charm.

75
Under The Radar

With The Prettiest Curse Hinds once again do what it does best—making punchy indie rock with a garage rock edge to it. Even better, the more polished sound and the fresh instrumental touches take a step forward for the band.

72
Pitchfork

On their third album, the Spanish garage rockers swing for the fences with a big, arena-friendly new sound.

70
Crack Magazine

It seems that no matter how deep Hinds dive into their emotions on The Prettiest Curse, they can’t quite shake their jangly euphoria.

70
Louder Than War

This might be a change of direction, but one that will be as welcomed by their fans as critics applauding their guts. The bonus is that The Prettiest Curse’s breezy indiepop will certainly win Hinds new fans….a lot of them.

60
The Arts Desk

The Prettiest Curse is a sharp reminder that there is plenty of exciting rock’n’roll originating from outside the English-speaking world.

58
Beats Per Minute
Hinds haven’t shown any real progression by shedding their lo-fi trappings; instead they’ve just unearthed their shortcomings.
N0stalgia
38
On 'The Prettiest Curse', Hinds present the indie rock equivalent of nails on a chalkboard. The lyrics are unremarkable, the vocals are unintentionally harsh and unpleasant and the instrumentals are so bland it's hard for me to to even recall any notable qualities to them.
currentjoyys
83
FAVORITE TRACKS: Burn, Good Bad Times

LEAST FAVORITE TRACK: None !!

Hinds has really cleaned up their act for this one. I personally didn't think Hinds' debut was bad. It was rowdy but I enjoyed the dirtiness of it and the whiny vocals. But on The Prettiest Cure, the vocals are still whiny but it's toned down and it actually matches the indie and almost psychedelic instrumentals. This album is a pretty love record and fast-paced but the moments of tranquility like This Moment Forever are ... read more
usedtobe
80
Spanish indie-rock outfit Hinds releases another effort brimming with upbeat yet strikingly pop take on garage rock, an undeniable departure from their lo-fi, ecstatic indie-pop sound with their debut, Leave Me Alone and finally make a material that sounds vibrant and anthemic. An absolute riot of a record right here.
JacksonLerner
72
this might be my favorite album art of 2020
77
Initially, “The Prettiest Curse” registers as a pivot for Hinds. The ever-polarizing quartet shed much of their shambolic lo-fi garage rock energy, instead opting for more eclectic, more heavily produced arrangements. In the process, they’ve both turned off some old fans and won over some doubters. But despite some non-trivial changes, “The Prettiest Curse” is unmistakably a Hinds album, and a good one at that. The band has always channeled in the tension between ... read more
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Track List

  1. Good Bad Times
  2. Just Like Kids (Miau)
  3. Riding Solo
  4. Boy
  5. Come Back and Love Me <3
  6. Burn
  7. Take Me Back
  8. The Play
  9. Waiting For You
  10. This Moment Forever
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