Carefree Theatre

Surfer Blood - Carefree Theatre
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
2020 Ratings: #684 / 712
User Score
Based on 13 ratings
Liked by 1 person
September 25, 2020 / Release Date
LP / Format
Kanine Records / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

70
American Songwriter

Given Surfer Blood’s appreciation for the qualities of surf rock and pop, a conventional approach toward melody and harmony recurring in many of Carefree Theatre’s tracks is understandable. Nonetheless, it isn’t a detriment to the album’s collective listening appeal.

70
AllMusic

Come for the melodies, stay for the angst -- Carefree Theatre delivers both with smarts and style.

70
Exclaim!

If you're a fan of the less-intense, more easy-going vibe the band has gone on to cultivate over its career, Carefree Theatre will deliver the goods.

68
Spectrum Culture
That they’ve managed to return nearly as strong as before is a testament their ability to craft an exceptional pop song.
60
Mojo
Symbolically named after a demolished local venue, it marks a confidently tuneful if nostalgic set.
40
No Ripcord

For the most part on Carefree Theatre, you’re stuck with hazy textures (In My Mind) and stilted grooves (Carefree Theatre) that are simply boring.

Z.Younk
30
This is fucking painful, they've always been yuppie rock and somewhat come off as elitist nerds, but this content is begging for attention and renewed relevance, but is unbelievably corny material presented smugly as self-celebrating brilliance. "Karen", really? A Karen picked up a guitar? Your band has to have SO many Karens as fans...
Venoxia
100
best album of 2020
davecoop18
65
A lot of their best material came from "Snowdonia", so I was really looking forward to this release. However, they completely took a step backwards and unfortunately this is their worst album to date.
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Track List

  1. Dessert Island
  2. Karen
  3. Carefree Theatre
  4. Parkland (Into the Silence)
  5. In the Tempest's Eye
  6. In My Mind
  7. Unconditional
  8. Summer Trope
  9. Uneasy Rider
  10. Dewar
  11. Rose Bowl
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Added on: February 12, 2020