Before The World Was Big

Girlpool - Before The World Was Big
Critic Score
Based on 21 reviews
2015 Ratings: #188 / 771
User Score
Based on 89 ratings
2015 Ratings: #195
June 2, 2015 / Release Date
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Wichita / Label
Indie Pop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
The Line of Best Fit
This album prompts you to lay it all out so you can see it – and I like that.
80
NME
This brilliant half-hour of punky Americana is a chance to read the journals of the coolest kids in town.
80
The Skinny

There’s absolutely nothing wasted on Before the World Was Big; Girlpool are testament to the fact that you can be precise and heartfelt at the same time.

80
Drowned in Sound

Before the World Was Big is a record that will help you appreciate the 'good old days' whilst you're still in them; it's a record that will make you feel okay about the unsettling aspects of the future and it's a record that will make you wanna hug your pals and never let them go.

80
DIY
By giving their emotions absolutely nowhere to hide, they’ve set off in the bravest direction of all.
80
Exclaim!

Before the World Was Big hears Girlpool unapologetically channelling some big feelings in a way that sounds brash without being bratty, and emotional but not without an empowering message.

80
AllMusic
Even more than on their first release, Girlpool feel like a unit, totally locked into each other musically and emotionally, and their stark presentation remains a boon to their risky and appealingly human songs.
78
Paste

Their debut full-length, Before the World Was Big, is noticeably softer and clearer; it makes us all lean in a little closer so as not to miss anything.

78
Pitchfork
It is a quiet album of uncommon intensity.
75
The 405

There's a sadness to Before The World Was Big that's hard to put your finger on but the fact that Girlpool wear their hearts on their sleeves is something which brings genuine warmth.

75
Consequence of Sound
Their songs run thick with the anxiety of uprooting, but they’re also rich with characters, some of whom are referred to affectionately by name.
70
Clash
As evidenced here, there is more than enough emotional sensitivity available between the duo without resorting to being just like everyone else, and for that reason (amongst many others) this fragile, coming-of-age album should be celebrated.
70
musicOMH
Girlpool’s debut may not be without fault, but that is ultimately what makes it such a charming little record.
70
PopMatters
It’s always from the heart, straight and uncut, even if sometimes not much appears to be actually happening.
70
Rolling Stone
Though Girlpool keep the volume low, their lonely comes through loud and clear.
70
Spin
Tucker and Tividad have discovered their indie-pop Neverland, and a fanciful, free-flowing sound to suit it.
70
Under The Radar

Girlpool's existential two-chord nursery rhymes make even the sparsest Breeders record look like Pink Floyd.

93
Ideal World—10
Dear Nora—9
Before The World Was Big—10
Chinatown—10
Cherry Picking—10
Magnifying Glass—0
Crowded Stranger—10
Pretty—7
Emily—10
I Like That You Can See It—8

84/9=9.33 __ 93
distraughtonaut
73
Fun and sweet record that may be a tad too minimalistic for its own good. Obviously that fits into the theme a bit, and makes it seem a little more wholesome though.
podrecortez
89
I didn't know Girlpool when I stumbled on this cover art and decided to give it a listen. An album that still is too relatable and easily one of my favourites of the decade.
77
Girlpool sounds like a band straight out of the garage, but with straightforward lyrics and surprisingly catchy songwriting, it's an album hard to despise.
SeenYourVideo
88
Soft to big vocals; provocative in the way it blends with the limited instruments. Fantastic Girlpool here.
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Track List

  1. Ideal World
  2. Dear Nora
  3. Before The World Was Big
  4. Chinatown
  5. Cherry Picking
  6. Magnifying Glass
  7. Crowded Stranger
  8. Pretty
  9. Emily
  10. I Like That You Can See It
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