Today We’re the Greatest

Middle Kids - Today We’re the Greatest
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
2021 Ratings: #491 / 583
User Score
Based on 86 ratings
2021 Ratings: #486
Liked by 4 people
March 19, 2021 / Release Date
LP / Format
Domino / Label
Indie Rock / Genres
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Middle Kids fully embrace their destiny as anthem-rock prodigies, powered by lead singer/songwriter Hannah Joy’s most personal set of lyrics and the benefits of working in a real studio for the first time.

The Line of Best Fit

Today We’re The Greatest delivers nostalgia and self-reflection, bundled with a sense of optimism that is realistic rather than sugar-coated.


This is a considered and accomplished album that sees Middle Kids truly step into their light, boasting a multitude of inspirations that unites in their best work yet.


Always a band that have been able to find the beauty in life, both bad and good, it’s this that Middle Kids have succeeded in distilling the essence of, bottling it across 12 tracks of sun kissed vulnerability and coming to the conclusion that life could be much, much worse.


Today We’re The Greatest is their most personal and courageous effort to date.

Under The Radar

This is what Middle Kids do best. Big songs about big emotions. While the record may lag somewhat in the middle section, the band is closer than ever to honing their indie rock style to a razor’s edge, improving in most every aspect over their debut.


Today We're the Greatest finds hook-driven indie pop/rock trio Middle Kids in an openhearted and appreciative state of mind -- but not without reservations and deep introspection.

The Sydney Morning Herald

It is an impressive record that wants to wrestle with those doubts: in an era where pop music is readily accusatory, Joy believes in discovery and leans towards affirmation.


Today We're The Greatest boasts a gentler nature than Lost Friends, the spikier 2018 debut that accelerated the Sydney-based trio's rise to indie darling status.


Almost every track musically can be likened to another band or artist: nowhere did I think ‘This is the Middle Kids sound’. This is a shame, because despite the unoriginality of the instrumentals there are some great examples of indie-pop songwriting here.

No Ripcord

Middle Kids haven't quite found a way to articulate their sudsy emotions with deft intention and control. But if you're looking for pristine pop that, admittedly, sounds really, really good, you can't go wrong with this pleasant diversion.

Loud and Quiet

Although it’s a sunshine-soaked affair, dripping in syrupy sentimentality, the way that Middle Kids wrestle between indie rock, all-out pop and an almost overbearing pleasantness amounts to an experience that proves a little cloying.


In conflating deliberation with maturity, ‘Today We’re the Greatest’ ends up feeling a little bit middle-of-the-road.

Middle Kids have been through a lot in the last 3 years since their last album - 2018’s Lost Friends - with lead singer Hannah Joy and guitarist Tim Fitz having married and had their first child in that time. With those experiences, the band found themselves stepping back looking at the state of their changing lives and personal relationships, resulting in the band’s second album Today We’re The Greatest being a more emotionally direct piece. The album is a step up from the ... read more
I love music that builds. Songs that start in one place and end in another. Middle Kids are masters of mood and atmosphere in rock music. Hannah's voice is magic to me. I FEEL her words. Love this album.
Trying to make a gentler and more broadly appealing second album makes sense from a commercial perspective, but artistically this comes off as pretty hackneyed and bland to me. "I Don't Care" is a fun song though.
The Australian rock band releases their second full-length album. With their indie and pop rock-inspired sound, Middle Kids delivered some promising records in the past. Especially, 2019’s “New Songs for Old Problems” displayed the band’s effective and catchy songwriting. An EP filled with accessible and memorable hooks, but with a little punch to it. Unfortunately, on “Today We’re The Greatest”, we don’t get that same consistent quality. This new ... read more
Decent and enjoyable indie rock but that's about it. Nothing really sticks and only good for one or two listens more.
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Track List

  1. Bad Neighbours
  2. Cellophane (Brain)
  3. R U 4 Me?
  4. Questions
  5. Lost in Los Angeles
  6. Golden Star
  7. Summer Hill
  8. Some People Stay in Our Hearts Forever
  9. Run with You
  10. I Don’t Care
  11. Stacking Chairs
  12. Today We’re the Greatest
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Added on: January 13, 2021