Pom Poko - Cheater
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Based on 10 reviews
2021 Ratings: #275 / 528
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Based on 307 ratings
2021 Ratings: #271
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It's not every day when a band makes a second album that's more thrilling than their debut, but Pom Poko aren't an everyday band. Their tricks are always in service of their songs on Cheater, and their excitement about the possibilities of their music is utterly contagious.


Cheater is a blissfully odd record. Refreshingly different, but holding on the staples of many a genre.


The Norwegian four-piece push their exploratory sound into even weirder places than before. However gnarly things get, though, they always bring the party.


The sophomore release from Norwegian art-punk quartet Pom Poko is full of the same kind of sweet, distorted pleasures that made their first album so much fun.

Beats Per Minute

Cheater finds Pom Poko stretching and redefining their own unique blend of mangled aesthetics and creating a ruptured post-punk-pop world that’ll leave you staggered and anxious for just one more song.

The Irish Times

Pom Poko find a groove that works despite its offbeat constituents, leaving a trail of joyful noise in their wake.


The Norwegian quartet’s second album effortlessly waltzes between technical art-rock, dissonant post-punk, and pop’s irresponsible sugar high. It’s as daring as it is darling.

The Line of Best Fit

If you’re the kind of person who embraces chaos and doesn’t care if the can of fizzy drink has been shaken up before you open it because the resulting sticky mess is just as sweet, then you’ll love this album.


Record is lean as they come, but it dishes out such an unrelenting wavelength of stir-crazy exuberance that its aftertaste is probably best described as fraught.

Spectrum Culture

As the record goes on, the relatively straightforward structures of the songs grow repetitive, and what at first sounded like wildness by the end sounds like a median indie rock record released any time post-Is This It.

Much better then old man raps.

Pom Poko is a rather new band from Oslo, Norway and i'm surprised to see how good and compelling this second album is, even if it's seemingly bot as good as their debut. Either way, bet it's a good enough follow-up for their fans.

In terms of how it sounds, "Cheater" is an album that gives off a heavy, let's say, natural vibe. When i listen to it i feel like im just strolling around a forest filled with calming sounds and filled with light and ... read more
Hell yes. Noisy, energetic, catchy, and Norwegian.
My first exposure to Pom Poko was in early 2019 when my girlfriend told me I should check out this cool new album from a playful and noisy math rock band she found, that album being the bands debut 'Birthday', a project that went on to stand among my favourite releases of that year thanks to its unrivalled energy and colourful attitude. However, despite how much fun I had with that record, it was apparent to me that the band was still in the process of fully establishing themselves and reaching ... read more
Even if Pom Poko manages to display a significant number of ideas to unleash their indie punk/rock statement, full of "never really boring" songs and exciting moments, the album doesn't find its guideline to bring a solid maturity to the record.

Anyway, worth your curiosity.
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Added on: October 29, 2020