Sprinter

TORRES - Sprinter
Critic Score
Based on 21 reviews
2015 Ratings: #114 / 772
User Score
Based on 247 ratings
2015 Ratings: #85
May 5, 2015 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

92
Paste

While Torres’ self-titled 2013 debut was a hushed affair—even the loud bits came in gradual, measured bursts—Sprinter crackles and explodes, with a dynamic range that’d make Steve Albini blush.

91
Consequence of Sound
Life has grown more complicated than running to or running from, and as Torres, Scott is better equipped than ever to shed light on the details.
90
PopMatters

Voice, both the sound that emanates from vocal cords and the perspective from which songs are written, is what’s been honed on Torres’s second album Sprinter.

90
The Line of Best Fit

This album is a vital listen: Scott’s unrestrained emotion, godly technical prowess and a natural gift for just great songwriting make it one of the finest of 2015 so far.

85
The 405

The captivating character of this record comes from her skill as a songwriter to be both fragile in her insecurities while taking everything in her stride. Sprinter is a vital album.

83
Pretty Much Amazing

The only resource Mackenzie Scott needs to make a beautiful song and tell a cathartic story is herself.

80
Exclaim!

Although Sprinter is a singular vision, it won't help rid her of the PJ Harvey comparisons, proving Torres to be musician unafraid of comparison, but even less afraid of compromise.

80
No Ripcord
These are songs that mostly get to the heart of the matter with open-hearted directness, and in balancing the coarse with the refined there’s a clearer sense of what Scott wants to find even if she struggles to understand the conditions that affect her most deeply.
80
Pitchfork

The sound is like a gauze bandage covering the emotional wounds, the profound isolation and fear of abandonment, that sit at the heart of Sprinter. But Scott lets a little red bleed through nonetheless, and for listeners, at least, that's a good thing. 

80
DIY
‘Sprinter’ is a bruising, brilliant record from a singular talent. It won’t soothe or placate. It’s all teeth.
80
Drowned in Sound
She may not have made a fully realized masterpiece yet, but she’s staking-out the place between noise and silence where a masterpiece will be built.
80
musicOMH

Sprinter is devastatingly beautiful collection that’s among the year’s very best so far.

80
NME
This record finds Scott facing her own darkness down with poise and poetry.
80
Loud and Quiet
Here, the formulaic country sound of her Georgia roots is given a minimal futuristic makeover, which sets the direction for what would make a game-changing third LP.
80
Uncut

If Torres felt naked and pared back, this record is ambitious and multi-faceted, sometimes a thing of quiet, folksy restraint, but as likely to dive into a watery sonic netherworld, or strap on some grungy dynamics to get its kicks.

70
AllMusic

Whether Sprinter is the arrival of a young, fearless, emotionally forthright, and intense writer and vocalist or a no-holds-barred attempt to make waves that ultimately tries too hard is up to whether listeners find her believable, and Scott pushes those boundaries and buttons on this record.

70
Rolling Stone
Singer-songwriter Mackenzie Scott (a.k.a. Torres) detangles years of spiritual unrest on her stirring second album.
60
Under The Radar

Scott is at her best on Sprinter when she loosens the reins and lets her musical roots coalesce with her newer preferred sounds in smaller, more subtle ways.

60
The Guardian

If the lyrics are revealing and off-kilter, the music is not always so.

88
Not a cliche confessional. Interesting concept for an album that mixes in themes like the faults of organized religion on a family unit, adoption and struggling with the past to be who you are in the future. The album flows from loud to soft, from dark to promising with ease. Gets a little slow in the later part of the album but the last song, "The Exchange" makes up for that with a haunting finish. Overall, I'd be surprised to not see this on a lot of top album lists for 2015 by ... read more
WildChameleon
88
Sprinter isn't the most popular album of the 10's despite being a full package. In many professional reviews, I find it pretty unfair to just relagate Torres has a "PJ Harvey revival". Their common point is a relish for sharp songs but that's it. The way they sing, they write and play is radically different.

Beginning with Strange Hellos, the best track of the album, Torres asserts her taste for angry songs, musically and lyrically (she litteraly screams at the end). She is intense ... read more
snarekickblues
87
In a way, albums that get a BNM ranking become immune to obscurity. Five years from now, someone can look back at the list of Best New Albums, and, subconsciously, decide that these albums are the highlights, and that any other album that didn't get a BNM ranking is inconsequential, ordinary, and not worth a listen.

But Sprinter isn't inconsequential or ordinary. It's damn fantastic. Years from now, I want newcomers and explorers to discover this album and decide it's worth their time. ... read more
Aoaystheory
89
Torres’s new album “Sprinter” is earth shaking. Just listen to it’s first track and it’s guaranteed you will feel the weight of this release. Ranging from hard heavy-hitting indie rock to mellow captivating poetry, “Sprinter” is something entirely on it’s own. Although it can put you to sleep at times, it flows perfectly from song to song. Torres takes indie rock and art rock and experiments with a style un-like anyone else, and sets herself ... read more
zeldox
95
Extraordinarily well executed piece of art-rock poetry. Comparisons to PJ Harvey, St Vincent, Tori Amos and even Fiona Apple are quite obvious but this is not a bad thing necessarily.
Lyrics are dark and engaging. The album holds on as a whole and keeps listener within. A useful contender for the year's hot spot and the promise for more to come.
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Track List

  1. Strange Hellos
  2. New Skin
  3. Son, You Are No Island
  4. A Proper Polish Welcome
  5. Sprinter
  6. Cowboy Guilt
  7. Ferris Wheel
  8. The Harshest Light
  9. The Exchange
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