Pond - 9
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2021 Ratings: #297 / 608
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Based on 167 ratings
2021 Ratings: #269
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Gigwise

A wondrous listen, Pond are a charming and talented band: both attributes that come in spades on 9.

80
DIY

Among its mix of roistering anthems and melodramatic balladry, ‘9’ exudes a supple confidence throughout, engaging in some of the most enthralling Australian psychedelia to emerge from 2021 (of which there is plenty).

80
The Sydney Morning Herald

If their ninth album is the sound of something “completely f---ed”, then keep it coming.

80
NME

The band that keeps on giving, having pushed their self-proclaimed "polished psych-pop" to its outer reaches, reinvent themselves yet again.

80
God Is in the TV

Pond wanted to create an album that’s less tidy and more all-over-the-place. Compositions born out of improvised jamming sessions, less polished finishes with lots of creatively-used feedback and tape delays, as well as featuring some lyrics cut and paste from various sources.

80
Record Collector

A bracing set of giddy jams and vibrant melodies, 9 equips Pond's spliffed-out mutant-psych formative urges with the controlled urgency of their evolved latter work.

70
Uncut

Following a series of increasingly refined albums, Pond have radically changed things up.

70
The Line of Best Fit

It’s not all perfect - “Czech Locomotive” and “Toast” drag - but this is a refreshing and genuinely engaging album.

50
musicOMH

Too many of the songs fail to deliver the mind blowing moments that the band have been capable of in the past.

marvelgaryen
79
'9' by Pond is a very specific album. To an extent on psychedelic music, these tracks are borderline sounding like electropop/pop rock to me. The artwork is one the best parts of this musical delight of a record, not only the tracklist is filled with a dynamic group of songs but they also work very well by themselves. Perhaps this isn't the best piece of music they ever did as a band but it works very well in the current universe, the production is somehow based in classical rock manuevers but ... read more
heavenlyxbn
84
This is the first album that I hear from "Pond" and I really stay a bit in the air when listening to this album, there were some songs that I really loved and I would have liked the album to have followed that same aesthetic, however there were also songs With which I did not connect as much as I thought, I feel that this album is not terrible, but it does not convince me.

Edit: On my second listen, I can say that this album pleases me more, I connect more with the songs although ... read more
R1v3r__
80
⚑I FEEL ENERGYYYYY⚑😲😲
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prets
80
SONG FOR AGNES IS PERFECT
SonicDiscovery
80
Perth’s psychedelic band Pond have now been on a nice groove of late and come through with a strong showing on their rightfully titled ninth album 9. Nick Allbrook, Jay Watson and the rest of the crew delivery a set of songs that are big on momentum with driving rhythms, infectious synth grooves, animated vocals and great melodies, as they sing about specific moments in other people’s lives, the changes happening within their own world and a desire to get out and mingle with people ... read more
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Added on: May 19, 2021