Peanut Butter

Joanna Gruesome - Peanut Butter
Critic Score
Based on 25 reviews
2015 Ratings: #333 / 770
User Score
Based on 34 ratings
2015 Ratings: #288
May 11, 2015 / Release Date
LP / Format
Slumberland / Fortuna Pop! / Turnstile / Label
Indie Pop, Noise Pop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Drowned in Sound
It’s a record which grabs you by the collar from the opening seconds and angrily demands that you fucking well listen to what it has to say.
90
Loud and Quiet
Devoid of pretence, ‘Peanut Butter’’s sonic impulsiveness is wonderfully chaotic.
80
The Skinny

Crunchy, smooth, whatever: Peanut Butter is a refreshing antidote to indie rock’s traditional sophomore slump.

80
NME
‘Peanut Butter’ does more in 22 minutes than most albums do in 40.
80
The Line of Best Fit
The band is tighter, more focused, and have honed their sound ever more slightly, tossing in snippets of texture and becoming even leaner.
80
DIY
Joanna Gruesome have adapted, honed and stretched their sound on ‘Peanut Butter’, and though nothing here sticks in the brain quite like ‘Sugarcrush’ or ‘Secret Surprise’, their tip as one of Britain’s brightest new hopes is more than backed up on this showing.
80
AllMusic

Based on Weird Sister, Joanna Gruesome didn't seem like the kind of band to bow to pressure or to fall down on the job. The intense and quite wonderful Peanut Butter is bracing proof of that fact.

80
Exclaim!

On Peanut Butter, everything is heightened; the hardcore elements more aggressive and pointed, the indie-pop moments prettier and more tuneful.

80
Paste
The heavier portions might sound blunt at first, the transition between pop and noise a bit predictable as the album’s short length runs on, but it never loses its power for a few reasons.
75
A.V. Club

Taken in one full burst, Peanut Butter succeeds as a rousing and frenetic call to arms, built on the back of sunny harmonies and squealing distortion. It’s not the best record of the year, but it might be the most efficient.

72
Pitchfork

Peanut Butter is a chaotic listen, powerful in parts and fragile in others, and often both at the same time. No matter where it goes, it's always running away from itself.

70
Rolling Stone

These Welsh kids don't waste any time: 10 noise-pop songs in 22 minutes, all bubblegum hooks and guitar explosions, even kickier than 2013's ace debut, Weird Sister.

70
Spin

Weird Sister still felt like a debut record; it was a series of messy, joyous outbursts unfettered by expectations. Peanut Butter is far more self-aware, and that leads to music with greater resonance and variety.

70
PopMatters

The basis of the sounds on Peanut Butter may be quintessentially retro, but the record lands the most blows from its execution.

60
musicOMH
Part of the difficulty with this is, simply, that – taken as a body of work (album) rather than a collection of individual tracks – interest can start to wane.
60
No Ripcord

The tart arrangements are lean and immediate, though somehow prove to be exhausting when listened to in its entirety.

58
Consequence of Sound
Joanna Gruesome are pertinent to today’s music scene. They just need to focus on their goals a little longer before pouring their points onto wax.
50
Clash

One minute it's face-melting and messy guitars, the next ear pleasing vocals from Alanna McArdle - it's an infectious mix, but one that comes to seem formulaic and repetitive over time.

PSHANDY
84
疾走するポップネスとパンクネス、ときどき不協和音。それはまるでSonic YouthとBelle and Sebastianが駆けっこをしているかのような面白さ。
Aoaystheory
72
Peanut Butter is insanely short but the music it does contain is some of the most enjoyable Noise Pop this year!
High Point: I Don't Wanna Relax
Low Point: Hey! I Wanna Be Yr Best Friend
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#33/Rough Trade
#65/Drowned in Sound

Track List

  1. Last Year
  2. Jamie (Luvver)
  3. Honestly Do Yr Worst
  4. There is No Function Stacy
  5. Crayon
  6. I Don't Wanna Relax
  7. Jerome (Liar)
  8. Separate Bedrooms
  9. Psykick Espionage
  10. Hey! I Wanna Be Yr Best Friend
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