TORRES - Thirstier
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Based on 18 reviews
2021 Ratings: #134 / 527
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Based on 202 ratings
2021 Ratings: #215
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Spectrum Culture

Thirstier finds joy and love in the micro and macro, the mundane and the profound, a sensation Torres captures so wonderfully throughout this record.

Northern Transmissions
Drink it in, ‘Thirstier’ is a bottomless glass of water that keeps beckoning you back for one more gulp, over and over again.
Under The Radar
Following her label woes, rocky relationship patches, and a year of a devastating worldwide pandemic, Scott has found herself finally in a place of hard-won contentment and the record is both a document and celebration of that peace, delivered with palpable delight.

Scott's ability to weave between monster guitar eruptions, refined pop and stripped-back moments that allow her voice to soar is a constant.


More electric guitar-leaning than last year’s Silver Tongue, album five continues to shape-shift while cranking up the bombast and ambition.

Slant Magazine

Torres’s fifth album, Thirstier, straddles the line between art pop and art rock.

Torres’ new groove is one to get behind.
It’s admittedly not the most cohesive album, infatuated with various experimental threads, but it’s also hard to fault this restlessness album, which is punchy and gutsy enough to hold up Torres’ constantly intriguing ideas.
Eleven years on from her debut, TORRES’ songwriting remains as infatuating as ever.
With 'Thirstier', Torres has delivered her most varied set of songs yet; trying on so many different costumes suits her.

She's grown more comfortable within herself on each album, and Thirstier's confidence and optimism arrived when listeners in the early 2020s were hungry for both. If making her music as big and loud as it is here is what it takes to get people to realize what they've been missing with her music, then Thirstier is a wild success.


Mackenzie Scott seems to have reached that stage of her career where she’s just happy to please herself, and it’s resulted in her best album to date.


Thirstier is the sound of rediscovering a lust for life, even after carrying anxiety and grief and feeling trapped. And now that she has resumed chasing life’s greatest joys, Scott is insatiable.

Mackenzie Scott’s latest is anthemic and euphoric, loaded with hooks and joyous reflections on love and self-discovery.
Beats Per Minute

It might not be her sharpest or most elaborately written record ... but it is perhaps her most approachable and her most celebratory, and a solid reminder of why she garnered our attention in the first place.

Rolling Stone
Mackenzie Scott turns her amps up on this delightfully glitzed-out collection of arena space rock, full of hand claps, headbanging grunge, and strapping country choruses.
Loud and Quiet
It’s hard not to be moved by the record’s spirit, and you’re unlikely to hear a hookier record this year. A megastar move.
The Line of Best Fit
Where her indie rock tracks shine in their composition, a step needed to be taken back as she ventured into the sonically unknown.
A mature voice guiding your ears to a truly rock bliss is what you can expect from this Torres album. 'Thirstier' is actually so wet, hot and sometimes cold. Diving along indie rock nuances, experimental beats, guitar riffs and melodical lyricism, somehow she managed to create an album that is self suficient (kudos to the perfect track amount). In regards to the production there's only some tracks I wish it was a little more polished but overall everything is great, definitely not a single skip.
pretty good, this mix of some pop with indie rock and even folk that Torres do here it works almost all time.

the hooks are catchy and the lyrics are good but been honest i enjoyed more the moments when she goes most rock instead of electro but there's also exceptions like Hug From A Dinosaur were this works excellent.
Really liking the aesthetic she's going with on these songs - the bright backing harmonies, big epic synthesizers and, most importantly, a bigger emphasis on melody. I'll admit I initially wrote off Silver Tongue, which despite a slight downturn in production was a better-executed version of the brooding atmosphere from 2017's Three Futures. This however is a total departure, with some of her most straightforward writing, well, ever. Her self-titled debut had some great hooks (something she ... read more
I’ve remained a fan of Mackenzie Scott and her TORRES music project since her 2013 self-titled release and although her sound tends to shift between art pop and guitar driven indie rock, she has always kept the good quality going. Her newest album Thirstier might open and close with two bizarre tracks in “Are You Sleepwalking?” and “Keep the Devil Out”, which are both connected by sections that just sound odd against each other, the other songs found here comprise ... read more
how is it possible that this is her fifth album already? my previous scores in order of release: 91, 91, 84, 90. she is always changing and growing but has that Mitski-like consistency of effort all the way through. as she heads into her thirties it will be fascinating to see where she goes next. her lyrical perspectives are always intriguing and surprising to me. she is different, in the best possible way.
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Added on: May 12, 2021