The Fool

Ryn Weaver - The Fool
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2015 Ratings: #685 / 771
User Score
Based on 43 ratings
2015 Ratings: #318
June 16, 2015 / Release Date
LP / Format
Mad Love / Interscope / Label
Electropop, Pop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

79
Paste

The Fool is an album that’s filled with unforgettable hooks and earworm songs.

70
AllMusic
Weaver and crew focus on the grand gestures, escalating the emotions and tension, spending as much time on the surge as the hook, and even if this tactic means the slower songs on the back half of the record drift, it also means that when the music is meant to be sweeping it often is.
70
Spin

Her confidently unsteady voice has a refreshing energy, serving as a cohesive, quivering throughline for her intentionally nomadic debut, The Fool.

50
Consequence of Sound

The Fool spins on like a series of diary entries with no end in sight, quite possibly because Weaver has yet to decide how this story ends.

50
Under The Radar

The Fool contains many songs in line behind that first single; put any one of them on at random and you'll think it's a pretty great pop song. Play them in order though, for 40 minutes, and the experience becomes repetitive and empty.

49
Pitchfork

Weaver’s benefitted greatly from the rising tide of artists who are challenging pop’s sonic and structural rules, but on The Fool she sounds like she’s lost at sea.

33
Pretty Much Amazing

The Fool comes out feeling like nobody in particular and everyone at once.

Tedjsc
74
Ryn Weaver's "The Fool" is likely the most underrated pop record of 2015. Her eccentric blend of folk, indie and pop had a powerful grit that set her apart from her contemporaries. Weaver has a knack for climaxes as heard on tracks like "OctaHate", which is led by a marimba loop that builds into a euphoric, EDM-metal chorus, and the title track, which explodes from a distorted vocal sample into violent breakdown. The record also has its vulnerable moments: "Traveling ... read more
98
cannot WAIT for her sophomore album!
95
One of my favorite albums from 2015

Promises is my favorite not only from The Fool, but from Ryn Weaver
Axlex9
83
Best Songs: The Fool, Promises, OctaHate, Stay Low, New Constellations

Worst Songs: Traveling Song
jrodrigues
95
her vocals are amazing and the songs are nostalgic. shout out to traveling song, you made me cry.
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#13/Idolator
#43/Variance

Track List

  1. Runaway
  2. Octahate
  3. Pierre
  4. Stay Low
  5. Sail On
  6. The Fool
  7. Promises
  8. Free
  9. Traveling Song
  10. Here Is Home
  11. New Constellations
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Added on: March 17, 2015