FIDLAR - Too
Critic Score
Based on 24 reviews
2015 Ratings: #404 / 914
User Score
Based on 95 ratings
2015 Ratings: #281
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September 4, 2015 / Release Date
LP / Format
Wichita, Mom + Pop / Label
fidlarla.com / Website
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
DIY

Yes, they’ve recorded in a proper studio this time – they’re happy to show it – just don’t think they’ve changed THAT much. So ‘Too’ is a big, dumb-smart, happy-sad, universally-specific beast of a record, then.

90
Loud and Quiet

While the album’s overarching sentiment is one of itchy panic, inspired by the darker days of singer Zac Carper, the band’s typical humour stops things getting too bleak.

83
Consequence of Sound

Despite a penchant for excess, FIDLAR never fully commits to one extreme, and the most interesting parts of Too come when the band struggles to contextualize the royal mess that is their lives.

80
Exclaim!

While they can no longer lay claim to being garage-punk's booziest bros, Too digs deep lyrically and sonically.

80
NME

This follow-up ... suggests that nothing much has changed in Fidlar-land. They’re still getting fucked up, freaked out and refusing to grow up.

80
Time Out London

It’s eclectic, ferocious, brash and sly, full of studio tricks and yell-along refrains. Dudes are smarter than your average three-chord wonders. 

75
A.V. Club

By depicting the struggle that comes with reconciling real life with raucousness, Fidlar has managed to create an honest and occasionally brutal ode to transition. 

70
FasterLouder

On Too, FIDLAR still let the good times roll – just not let themselves get run over by them.

70
Spin

This new batch thrashes with abandon and displays a remarkable leap in instrumental maturity with its airtight chord progressions and unhinged shrieks.

70
Clash

Catchy riffs and partying aside, this new FIDLAR record actually gets pretty deep.

65
Paste

When the real consequences and real questions come into focus, Too brings a thought-provoking honesty that propels the music. When singer/guitarist Zac Carper dodges his own subject matter, the songs shrink like forgettable, pissed-away nights.

65
The Line of Best Fit

The combination of Too’s natural inclination for rambunctiousness and its often tragic subject matter make, at times, for a jarring listen.

60
Drowned in Sound

Although arguably not as consistent as their debut, Too sees an excellent band back doing as they do best: going fucking mental.

60
AllMusic

Chalk it up to growing pains and the hand dealt by living hard, but Too is definitely a mixed bag.

58
Pitchfork

While Too is at times brave, that doesn't necessarily make it compelling.

50
The 405

Hackneyed songwriting, a litany of uninventive instrumentals and misguided foray into excessive studio manipulation will leave many listeners with an exceptionally sour taste in their mouth.

WittyMiki
88
Immature as fuck but I fucking love this
j_cale23_
NR
I recently started listening to FIDLAR and I think their music is pretty good. Really reminds me of the punk groups of the ‘70’s and 80’s. They are slightly inconsistent though, like what is Sober? Who thought it was a good idea?
Best: Punks, 40oz On Repeat, Drone, West Coast, Bad Medicine
Worst: Leave Me Alone, Sober
liammenzies
77
Los Angeles band FIDLAR love drugs (despite just getting out of rehab), drinking and self loathing. They lay all their cards out on the table so that they and the listeners can get down to business and have a good time. Wouldn’t you know it, they do exactly that. Heavily inspired by the 90’s teen angst bands like blink-182, Too is a 42 minute record that is all about having fun and provides just that. Simple yet amazing.
th_initiator
90
▲ = 40 oz On Repeat, Punks, West Coast, Why Generation, Leave Me Alone, Drone, Overdose, Stupid Decision,Bad Habits
▬ = Sober, Hey Johnny, Bad Medicine
▼ = N/A
JayCrackers
77
Fidlar's Second Album does everything which the first album does but improves upon them. With more variety and memorable tracks and more tightened LP. However, this is ultimately no growth from the band from their debut which leaves me disappointed. However, with the same energy carried forward it is fair to say this is a very good album for the band. A Strong 7
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Track List

  1. 40oz On Repeat
  2. Punks
  3. West Coast
  4. Why Generation
  5. Sober
  6. Leave Me Alone
  7. Drone
  8. Overdose
  9. Hey Johnny
  10. Stupid Decisions
  11. Bad Medicine
  12. Bad Habits
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Added on: June 2, 2015