Songs for the General Public

The Lemon Twigs - Songs for the General Public
Critic Score
Based on 25 reviews
2020 Ratings: #620 / 793
User Score
Based on 156 ratings
2020 Ratings: #669
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Spill Magazine

Songs for the General Public is certainly the most solid piece of work to date from the D’Addario brothers. Every track works and combines elements of AM bubble gum and trashy glam rock.

90
Uncut

New York siblings get sleazy on third LP.

90
The Line of Best Fit

Songs For The General Public is a landmark album, unlike any other, that draws from the past, churns it up, modernises it and chucks it into our present with sonic-like energy through sheer effervescing talent.

82
Beats Per Minute

It offers just the right amount of mid-70s throwback, ranging from early-Ronnie Wood Stones to Todd Rundgren and Honky Château-era Elton John, and sounds like it could simultaneously fit both full stadium mood and your best friend’s chill-out basement.

80
Mojo

Some secret stash of more out-there recordings too kooky for over-the-counter consumption, Songs For The General Public astonishes and delights.

80
Q Magazine

What stops it feeling like an exercise in arch, vintage chic fancy dress is the warmth of their tunes and the lively untidiness of the execution.

80
Gigwise

Songs For The General Public is shining example of how the musical old school can combine with modern sensibilities.

80
Clash

‘Songs For The General Public’ is in turns bewildering and heartbreaking, a potent pop statement and a dizzyingly bizarre melodic belch.

80
Northern Transmissions

The album is a sleek and shiny blast and one that should be the perfect soundtrack to these dog days of summer.

80
PopMatters

The Lemon Twigs' influences and tastes run deep, and Songs for the General Public shows that they can wrap all these ideas into a beautiful, oddly consistent package.

80
Under The Radar

The 12-song album is a metaphoric, eclectic house of mirrors, inside of which every song reminds of a different prominent musical act as if the listener is seeing themselves in some distorted reflection.

80
American Songwriter

For those so inclined, Songs for the General Public is a giddy musical roller coaster ride through the poppier aspects of the 70s with more twists and turns perhaps than are necessary. Hang on tight and enjoy the trip.

70
Exclaim!

While not groundbreaking, it's a revitalizing rock record that is bound to rekindle the excitement of taking a chance on a (relatively) new band.

70
AllMusic

Each song recalls the essence of a specific segment of '70s pop excellence, with just enough bizarre twists thrown in to keep things interesting.

70
DIY

A paean to the past, full of lovelorn warmth, Zombies-on-a-road-trip harmonies and ridiculous piano jams.

70
The Sydney Morning Herald

Even while you arch an eyebrow at the aural equivalent of jazz hands, you're still marvelling at their musicianship and humming their tunes days later.

69
Pitchfork

Classic-rock magpies, brothers Michael and Brian D’Addario construct a fabulously campy pastiche from the spangled castoffs of the 1970s.

60
Loud and Quiet

Third album Songs For The General Public continues their outlandish journey by walking the fine line between superb musicianship and being pastiche pranksters who take what they do very seriously.

60
NME

The ideas in ‘Songs For The General Public’ are rich, creative and often funny, but its musical staying power is lacking.

60
musicOMH

If shiny, overstated hooks and operatic melodies are your thing, stick on the Twigs’ latest LP right away and you’ll have a ruddy glorious time. But for many, Songs For The General Public will be an overwhelming, even frustrating listen.

60
Dork
Despite the suggestion of the album title, this record might not appeal to everyone, but will no doubt find and delight an audience as passionate and as colourful as its creators.
50
No Ripcord

While there’s moments of excellence overall, the majority of Songs for the General Public feels like a self-aggrandizing duo getting high on their own supply.

50
God Is in the TV

If the first LP was a circus, and the second a poor man’s Tommy, then Songs for the General Public is a pedestrian walk through nineteen seventies glam rock, with the occasional lunatic jumping out in front of you.

40
Rolling Stone
The Long Island brother duo's third LP is full of shiny Seventies pop-rock simulations, but you would be much better off putting on an old Todd Rundgren or Raspberries record.
30
The Young Folks

Despite Go To School’s classical forays into tragedy and depression, Songs For the General Public somehow presents itself as more cynical and contemplative.

JacksonLerner
68
the lemon twigs are an explorative power-pop duo whom create completely baffling music that is colorful and inconsistently glamorous.

Long Island brothers with the glam rock ? this music is so many genres, yet it’s also genre defiant. it’s overextended and kinda cheesy... although, it do be boppin. (listen to ‘only a fool’)
TreyLikesBands
79
Welcome back, boys.

Over the course of about a half of a decade, The Lemon Twigs have been bringing back the sounds of the 60s with great enthusiasm. Nostalgia is a great word to describe their overall sound. While most bands use this as a cheap way to appeal to wider audiences, the duo really hone their beautiful craft with not making it sound like a sick joke. Quite possibly their most eclectic and fulfilling tracklist as of yet, the D'Addario brothers compile their most memorable, angelic, ... read more
HoodieBraden
40
sorry, General Public
Doofy
13
The Lemon Scented Urinal Cakes - Songs for the Public Lavatory
Tielur
74
So lets say hypothetically, you're a twig, and lets also say you're a twig from a lemon. Okay, so since we established that you grew from a lemon we can come to the conclusion that you are, in fact, a lemon twig, which in this case is actually sold for the general public across the world in supermarkets.
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Track List

  1. Hell on Wheels
  2. Live in Favor of Tomorrow
  3. No One Holds You (Closer Than the One You Haven't Met)
  4. Fight
  5. Somebody Loving You
  6. Moon
  7. The One
  8. Only a Fool
  9. Hog
  10. Why Do Lovers Own Each Other?
  11. Leather Together
  12. Ashamed
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Added on: March 2, 2020