Generations

Will Butler - Generations
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2020 Ratings: #425 / 707
User Score
Based on 36 ratings
2020 Ratings: #723
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September 25, 2020 / Release Date
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Indie Rock / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
DIY
What unites the record is an urgent, anxious sense of unrest.
90
Spill Magazine
Overall, this is an impressive album from an impressive human being. It’s both fun and finely tuned when you put your ear close to it, and while the craft and experimentation associated with Arcade Fire is certainly present, the energy here is different.
80
Exclaim!
It's folk-like in nature, packing an intense punch but with a timeless spin.
80
American Songwriter
Although it’s occasionally imbued with doses of electronica and various unexpected sounds of a percussive variety, the album overall hones in on topics well in keeping with today’s uncertain circumstances.
70
Uncut

On his first solo album, 2015's Policy, Butler worked almost single-handed on every track, but here he's backed by his own live band. That brings a cohesive energy to tracks like the light industrial "I Don't Know What I Don't Know", the splendid boogie-woogie anthem "Surrender" and the swinging Springsteenisms of "Not Gonna Die".

70
Loud and Quiet
The album, while showing Butler’s technical prowess, makes it clear that the musician doesn’t necessarily think of himself that way first and foremost.
70
AllMusic

Generations is a breathing (often panting) work of art, with Butler dialing in the drama, excitement, and flow of each song with controlled precision.

70
PopMatters
For the most part, these are songs you to can dance to while pondering the point of it all and what it means to be a good person in present-day America.
60
Mojo

Melodic snap and guileless sentiments from the Arcade Fire dynamo ... Shares AF's propensity to over-egg though.

60
Rolling Stone
With the uncomfortable exception of a song sung in the voice of George Washington's slaves, the Arcade Fire member delivers a strong set of rockers about the perils of modern life.
Whynot
82
Something must be really good with this album. The lyrics are incredibly simple, the song structure (and progression) is quite predictable, the melodic approach has nothing groundbreaking and Butler's voice is just ok, but for some reason almost the entire set of songs is ridiculously enjoyable.

He is giving us this set of indie folk pop songs with a touch of synth electronica bive which is quite average, but he sound so honest in every single track, it is like hearing a friend sharing his ... read more
MusicN
83
Lovely little thing. No instrumental originality, but Will's voice brings me great comfort.
Athena
65
It's pretty okay. Will's really nothing groundbreaking, which is somewhat ironic considering Arcade Fire are like, a template for the pitchfork darling, innovative indie rock band (Atleast, until Everything Now), but he's really not bad, either. He's definitely justified his existence as a solo artist here much better than on his debut, but this really isn't an essential listen of the year or anything.
whyisaac
77
I just really enjoy this. I love the LCD Soundsystem influences scattered throughout, Will's voice is great and there are some standout tracks here that I'll be listening to on repeat for a long time.

Favourites: I Don't Know What I Don't Know, Hide It Away, Surrender, Bethlehem
Least Favourites: Fine
STW
80
surprisingly great
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Track List

  1. Outta Here
  2. Bethlehem
  3. Close My Eyes
  4. I Don't Know What I Don't Know
  5. Surrender
  6. Hide It Away
  7. Hard Times
  8. Promised
  9. Not Gonna Die
  10. Fine
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Added on: July 14, 2020