Painted Shut

Hop Along - Painted Shut
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2015 Ratings: #20 / 771
User Score
Based on 218 ratings
2015 Ratings: #65
May 5, 2015 / Release Date
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Saddle Creek / Label
Indie Rock / Genres
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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
PatrickL0419
80
Hop Along's Painted Shut brings personality, energy, and unique vocal work to the table, unmatched by any other group in the indie rock scene. The combination of frontwoman Frances Quinlan's idiosyncratic singing voice, powerful instrumentals from the band and inspired storytelling combine to create one of the most enjoyable indie rock albums of recent memory.

HIGHLIGHTS: THE KNOCK, BUDDY IN THE PARADE, WAITRESS, I SAW MY TWIN, SISTER CITIES
86
Not sure how I hadn't heard of this record until now, but I'm glad I found it. This sounds like a Saddle Creek record in the best way possible, instrumentally evoking Bright Eyes and Rilo Kiley at their best, but holy hell is Frances Quinlan an impressive vocalist. I can see she's been heavily praised, but those vocal performances are something else and make the album an absolute treat to listen to. Already a strong 8, and I can see myself rating it even higher retrospectively.
70
Small but powerful.
89
Frances Quinlan proves that great rock & roll goes well with great story telling.
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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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