Painted Shut

Hop Along - Painted Shut
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2015 Ratings: #20 / 772
User Score
Based on 250 ratings
2015 Ratings: #79
May 5, 2015 / Release Date
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Saddle Creek / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

94
Sputnikmusic

These little flashes of songwriting ingenuity are too numerous to count on Painted Shut, and they make each listen into something exciting.

91
A.V. Club

Unfortunately for some, Painted Shut signals the end of Hop Along’s tenure as a little-known buzz band. For everyone else, it’s the sound of being welcomed to the party.

90
Exclaim!
There is no voice in popular music right now that quite comes close to the elastic immediacy of that of Hop Along's Frances Quinlan.
90
AllMusic

It's easy to sound hyperbolic when describing the impact of Quinlan's voice, but she really does prove herself to be among the most captivating rock singers of her generation on Painted Shut. That her vocals are very nearly equaled by the music and the subject matter makes this album a notable one.

83
Consequence of Sound

In short, the band has range, and Painted Shut is often rewarding musically.

80
NME
The second album from this perky Philadelphia quartet delivers big on drama and emotion with Frances Quinlan’s voice taking turns between an abrasive snarl and a smooth croon.
80
DIY
If this outstanding record doesn’t wake everyone else up, nothing on earth will.
80
Rolling Stone
What's up with Philly lately? The most-mocked city in indie rock is suddenly bustling with fantastic young guitar bands like Hop Along. Their second album is a deep dive into raw emotions and ragged melodies.
80
Spin

Hop Along’s thrilling sophomore effort plays out like sonic arrhythmia — it seems impossible that Frances Quinlan could successfully quaver through such a variety of highs and lows without being sent into cardiac arrest.

79
Pitchfork
For as bullish and dramatic as the music seems, the songs here often escalate for several minutes before making a point you think they’ve already made, like a series of false floors that open to bigger and bigger rooms.
78
Paste

Although Hop Along’s lyrical content can be heavy at times, Painted Shut’s tracks are well-balanced between catchy indie pop with an edge and more discordant fare.

75
The Line of Best Fit

With an astounding amount of detail placed in each track, Painted Shut is a labour of love. It’s hard-hitting, but behind every tightly honed riff lies a bubbling sense of optimism, and these songs are as resonant as they come.

MasterCrackfox
77
For context, I accidentally listened to this record on shuffle. Oops, can't talk about the general flow of the album from track to track but it's not really that heavily affected by this.

Hop Along are easily one of the most important indie rock outfits today. The vocal delivery is so unique and powerful that it's impossible to deny, making even the most straightforward guitar riff seem meaningful. The songwriting compliments this vocal delivery in droves, as the lyricism feels just as ... read more
raymon
75
I thought this was an interesting indie rock record. I love the lead singers vocals and passions. However, I just felt the sound of the album to be a little bit monotonous. I really look forward to what this band does next.
WeSayHello
95
Each song tells it’s own story, and many of them will stay with you for a long time.
ZIGMACHINE
89
Waitress 96
Horseshoe Crabs 96
Powerful Man 94
The Knock 90
Texas Funeral 90
Sister Cities 86
Happy to See Me 84
Buddy in the Parade 81
Well-Dressed 78
I Saw My Twin 75
(87/86)
bitterblossom12
90
This should be talked about as one of the best indie rock albums of the decade. Frances Quinlan has the best voice in rock music today. The bangers contain such nice winding guitars, 90s modest mouse esque, while the stripped back acoustic stuff is heartbreaking. The song subjects are interesting and particular (The Konck, Waitress, Powerful Man), there's a great flow with the milder moments sandwiched between higher energy songs, it's a great length, never drags. Great album made from ... read more
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Track List

  1. The Knock
  2. Buddy in the Parade
  3. Horseshoe Crabs
  4. Waitress
  5. Happy to See Me
  6. Texas Funeral
  7. Powerful Man
  8. I Saw My Twin
  9. Well-Dressed
  10. Sister Cities
 
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