The Prettiest Curse

Hinds - The Prettiest Curse
Critic Score
Based on 18 reviews
2020 Ratings: #138 / 377
User Score
Based on 175 ratings
2020 Ratings: #343
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June 5, 2020 / Release Date
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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
30
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.
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.
Donlord
79
Boisterous, yet thoughtful, and still considerably off-the-cuff, Hinds give the listener the desired musical frivolity on their new LP, "The Prettiest Curse". This project is packed full of infectious hooks and blaring, overblown production that distinctively tinges the listening experience and provides unique charm. The opener "Good Bad Times" is rugged but pretty, and kick off the album well, by introducing much of the lyrical and sonic direction. Deeper cuts including ... read more
JacksonLerner
72
this might be my favorite album art of 2020
83
Their most consistent and most realised project to date. This album contains 10 undeniably catchy songs and although they do not sound as glossy as the artwork illustrates it to be, these songs are the poppiest the band has ever released. This move is genuine; it doesn't sound forced in anyway, the band sounds comfortable here as they stay true to their sound and what made them tick in the first place. The extra polishing evident on "The Prettiest Curse", only does these songs ... 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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