Palberta - Palberta5000
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
2021 Ratings: #65 / 90
User Score
Based on 58 ratings
2021 Ratings: #78
Liked by 3 people
January 22, 2021 / Release Date
LP / Format
Wharf Cat / Label
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Beats Per Minute

Palberta5000 is a fragmented noise punk rock record that hypnotized itself into believing its pop music meant to be sung to the masses, and performed with the same kind of bluster.

The Line of Best Fit

A tentative sidestep, keeping one foot firmly in New York post-punk while allowing the other to wander towards sunnier, more refined pastures.


Travelling beyond the accepted norms of the swarm of post punk girl groups operating at the same time, this Technicolor tinged album somehow melds droning krautrock sections and psychedelic experimentalism into its jaunty street hoodlum doo-wop core.


On Palberta5000, the clarity and force remain, but the musical components are more conventional, and the effect is thrilling.


Palberta5000 is more mature than anything they've done before but just as playful, and more accessible while impossible to mistake for the work of any other band.

Under The Radar

Palberta, the band, and Palberta5000 come off like the best of tomatillo salsas: fresh, zesty, and steadfastly green. A concoction that never gets old.


Inspired by mainstream pop, the experimental punk trio try their hand at honed hooks and concise riffs. At their best here, they evoke not Bieber and Grande but classic Sleater-Kinney.

The Observer

The wonderfully scrappy New York indie trio are broadening their style but don’t quite have the songs to match.

There's a lot to like about this album right here. Fun grooves, catchy hooks, good harmonies. A lot of the tracks here are really great! So why the low score?

I actually can't stand this album as a whole... sorry not sorry.

It's the repetition of vocal lines over and over and over that really gets to me in a negative way. Across the album, they do this thing where they'll vamp on a single instrumental passage and then layer a single lyrical sentence or two and repeat with harmony a dozen or ... read more
when this album finds its groove it is absolutely unstoppable, but it shifts in and out of unfocused and disinteresting and really groovy and good rapidly. It's like it's struggling to settle somewhere but the parts where it does it's really good.
This is just lackluster Sleater-Kinney
Every new track is a repetition of the one before. It has its moments but overall its just way too repetitive. Besides, I know this is noise punk rock but the mixing is just bad at moments.
Palberta - Palberta5000

Genre: Post-Punk
Country: US

Final Verdict: 55% (Pleasant Album)
Yearly Ranking: 42th / 60

Highlight: Red Antz

Made me think of:
Pom Poko
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Track List

  1. No Way
  2. Big Bad Want
  3. Never to Go
  4. The Cow
  5. Fragile Place
  6. In Again
  7. Hey !
  8. Red Antz
  9. Summer Sun
  10. Eggs n' Bac'
  11. Corner Store
  12. I'm Z'done
  13. Something in the Way
  14. The Way That You Do
  15. All Over My Face
  16. Before I Got Here
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Added on: October 11, 2020