Teens of Style

Car Seat Headrest - Teens of Style
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2015 Ratings: #213 / 770
User Score
Based on 169 ratings
2015 Ratings: #91
October 30, 2015 / Release Date
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Indie Rock, Lo-Fi / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
musicOMH
Anyone new to Car Seat Headrest is, quite frankly, in for a jaw-dropping discovery. The quality of Toledo’s songs is gobsmacking; the lyrics are enthralling, the melodies are to die for, the musicianship is raw yet brilliant.
91
A.V. Club
Those familiar with Toledo’s back catalog will marvel at the reworking of their favorite tracks, while the uninitiated will likely discover a bright young talent and wonder how the hell they’ve been missing out.
81
Pitchfork
The effect is an album that's bookish, but not sedentary. He sells abstruse metaphors and lyrical concepts with every ounce of himself, like failing to do so would mean the end of the world.
80
AllMusic
The passion Toledo injects into the lyrics and vocals isn't likely to fade, his melodic skills are so strong it's hard to imagine that he'll ever run out of steam, and even if his future records don't have the gritty, cheap-as-dirt feel that this record does, it's difficult to see Toledo ever making records that are spotless and lifeless.
80
Rolling Stone
It's the best classic-rock record anyone under 50 is likely to make this year.
80
Clash

It's one young man's proper opening salvo cast as an entire genre's dying breaths. But for a last gasp, it sure sounds vital.

70
PopMatters

Teens of Style has a ramshackle ‘60s-inflected basement vibe, as if Guided By Voices spent their jam sessions vaping legal weed instead of pounding racks of macro brews. It’s an outpouring of introversion. Songs occasionally wander, but they always have something to say.

67
Consequence of Sound
Teens of Style can also be a bit of a mess. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, and it surely jives with the band’s aesthetic, but a bit more editing might have made the album’s highs feel higher.
65
The Line of Best Fit
While retaining links with Toledo's DIY past, much of the tracks bleed in to one another, making stand-out moments such as "The Drum" and "Times To Die" fall flatter than they deserve.
55
Under The Radar
Put simply, these are effective and fun indie rock tunes that are almost ruined by overbearing "lo-fi" production.
chairycherry
NR
Finally, the band get signed to a record label! First thing I noticed looking at the track-list is that the majority of the songs are re-recorded versions of older Car Seat Headrest songs. These tracks were treated very well, with a better, fuller sound, definitely the best versions of all the songs. The songs as well are a lot catchier, and are delivered with more passion and emotion I feel. The lyrics are emotional, as they usually are; but the song-writing is not as good as it could be ... read more
morningsbell
80
uwu where the fuck are the vinyls
ElectricMess
87
*sniff* Maud Gone gets me everytime...
Fallendomino
81
The lo-fi dial is turned to 11 on this album by Car Seat Headrest; while this deluge of fuzziness may be off-putting to some initially, patience on the part of those unfamiliar with lo-fi is rewarded with a deep, yet catchy, LP. The lo-fi indie rock scene never truly died--and hopefully never will.

Notable Songs: "The Drum"; "Something Soon"; "No Passion"; "Times to Die"; "Strangers"; "Maud Gone"; "Bad Role Models, Old Idols ... read more
Tacorillaz
84
Ahh such a great album!

I love all of these renditions of Toledo's older songs, every track is really solid and incredibly infectious. The lo-fi sound never really gets annoying, except maybe for the fact that it's hard to understand what Will is saying most of the time.

But his lyrics are amazing as always, they're both hilarious and soul-crushing at the same time. What also surprised me is that it has some really good basslines, like the one on Times To Die. Anyways, every song showcases ... read more
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#4/Newsweek
#14/Paste
#30/Rolling Stone
#35/Under the Radar
#36/Diffuser
#36/musicOMH
#39/Stereogum
#42/Noisey

Track List

  1. Sunburned Shirts
  2. The Drum
  3. Something Soon
  4. No Passion
  5. Times to Die
  6. Psst, Teenagers, Take Off Your Clo
  7. Strangers
  8. Maud Gone
  9. Los Barrachos (I Don't Have Any Hope Left, But the Weather Is Nice)
  10. Bad Role Models, Old Idols Exhumed (Psst, Teenagers, Put Your Clothes Back On)
  11. Oh! Starving
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Added on: September 2, 2015