Teens of Style

Car Seat Headrest - Teens of Style
Critic Score
Based on 15 reviews
2015 Ratings: #272 / 977
User Score
Based on 486 ratings
2015 Ratings: #157
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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.
morningsbell
80
uwu where the fuck are the vinyls
Plats
90
Our favorite furry and his friends finally got signed into a record label! That means we get remakes of early Car Seat Headrest songs! The compositions are a lot tighter and the sound is much better than their original versions while still keeping with their lo-fi roots. Otherwise, they’re still the same songs and Will Toledo remains one of the greatest, most emotionally potent songwriters in the modern indie scene!

Fav Tracks: Something Soon, Times to Die, Maud Gone, Oh! Starving, ... read more
upmysleeves
80
This album is so comforting/comfortable. It still has Will's amazing songwriting, and it's literally re-recorded versions of old Car Seat Headrest tracks, but it works so well. Teens of Style isn't a Twin Fantasy or a How to Leave Town or even a Teens of Denial. But it's still very good and I love it. :)
EmiMoment
60
it's just worse versions of pre-existing Car Seat Headrest songs, im kinda surprised at how hard Will blew this tbh. Only songs that are full genuine improvements from the original ones are The Drum and Los Barrachos. This 2015 album is the first album released under their label, Matador records, so as Will finally has access to studio recording equipment, he decides to make an album remastering his older tracks. While some of these songs are good and keep the fun energy the originals had, a ... read more
rvurm
80
its not technically an album its more of a compilation but if they call it an album imma do that too
this the 9th Car Seat Headrest album, Teens of Style, and it is kinda good
FAV: Los Barrachos
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Added on: September 2, 2015