Half Free

U.S. Girls - Half Free
Critic Score
Based on 15 reviews
2015 Ratings: #176 / 771
User Score
Based on 139 ratings
2015 Ratings: #121
September 25, 2015 / Release Date
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4AD / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Tiny Mix Tapes

Half Free is a dudless, succinct record with nonetheless staggering scope.

80
Pitchfork

Even as its backdrop mutates from deep-house throbs to psych-rock guitar solos, Half Free always focuses your attention to where it should be: on Remy's radiant voice and vivid storytelling.

80
Exclaim!

After years of flirting with the fringes, Half Free hits the art-pop bullseye.

80
NME

This is the unmistakeable sound of a star being born: this is an album with something to say, in a voice all of its own.

80
PopMatters

Chirping Half Free‘s most compelling of its many indelible hooks, she tries to convince whoever listens “You all have nothing here / You have so much to fear”.

80
No Ripcord

Half Free is both a revelation and a breakthrough, one that finds Remy elevating her songwriting panache while carrying a certain mysticism that seems grounded in both plausibility and commonality.

80
The Line of Best Fit

With her newest effort, she takes the sonic pillars of electronic music—big hooks, beats, synths—and warps them to create a disquieting brand of avant-pop, a surreal landscape populated by the tragic everywoman.

80
NOW Magazine

Occasionally Half Free can sound dense to the point of being vexing, but its vivid imagery and striking melodies keep Remy’s more self-indulgent tendencies grounded in a classic pop sensibility.

70
Loud and Quiet

It’s indicative of how diverse and accomplished the album is that the four best tracks are of completely different genres and seem anything but forced.

70
AllMusic

Half Free straddles a neat balance between bittersweet pop hooks and murky, adventurous production.

60
The Guardian

There are high points – the twisted 80s pop of Navy & Cream, the spooked electronica of New Age Thriller – but you’re left wishing for something as startling as the opener. Recommended, but with caveats.

40
The Skinny

Half Free offers a bleak exploration of important matter, frustratingly executed.

EMR
71
Another pretty interesting and promising bedroom project (despite already having quite a few releases under her name on bandcamp), Meghan Raye (a.k.a. U.S. Girls) may be finally reaching the breakthrough point in her career. Half Free stands as a powerful and delightfully obtuse collection of self-produced psychedelic pop tunes that bring out only the best in the singer/songwriter's polygonal aesthetics, often surprising the listener with its twists and turns, and opressing the weak minded with ... read more
sourcherry24
93
A groovy album. Love it.
rosevean
77
#2 Damn That Valley
#5 New Age Thriller
#7 Red Comes In Many Shades
#9 Woman's Work
ryanreviews
90
Love the hell outta this album, showed flashes of what Meg and Co. would go on to do on In A Poem Unlimited. It’s still it’s own album and standing alone was always great. The attitude and vibe of this record is contagious
musicmagpie55
79
Meg writes such good, layered music
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MISC LISTS

#17/Exclaim (Pop & Rock)

Track List

  1. Sororal Feelings
  2. Damn That Valley
  3. Telephone Play No. 1
  4. Window Shades
  5. New Age Thriller
  6. Sed Knife
  7. Red Comes In Many Shades
  8. Navy & Cream
  9. Woman's Work
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