THE UNRAVELING OF PUPTHEBAND

PUP - THE UNRAVELING OF PUPTHEBAND
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2022 Ratings: #164 / 330
User Score
Based on 452 ratings
2022 Ratings: #184
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Clash

This feels like everything that punk should be in 2022. It’s honest, dark, funny, tragic, moving and incredibly catchy.

80
Northern Transmissions

Coming apart at the seams never sounded so good.

80
Sputnikmusic
The resultant journey is a jittery, joyous, glorious, gleaming mess: substantially less coherent than their previous outings, but no less endearing.
80
Kerrang!

Canadian punks PUP take issue with themselves on fourth record The Unraveling Of PUPTHEBAND – and win!

80
AllMusic

Unraveling offers a dramatic expansion of Pup's sonic palette, stuffing horns, synths, piano, and other new-to-them adornments atop their already jittery guitar rock platform like a demented wedding cake.

80
New Noise
It’s angry, edgy, chaotic, and at times, calming in a strange way.
80
NME

This self-reflexive fourth album finds the quartet grappling with fame, fortune and their own inclinations to fuck it all up. File under: loveably dysfunctional.

80
DIY
It might still play to their self-deprecating strengths, but it also proves that they’re secretly ambitious too.
78
Pitchfork
The Toronto band returns with a supremely hooky, slightly more polished album about harnessing dread to make music to harness dread to.
70
Exclaim!

If there's anything to be said about THE UNRAVELING, it's that PUP have remained true to themselves.

70
Paste

Even if you’re not sold on the poor production choices or some of Babcock’s lesser lyrics on THE UNRAVELING OF PUPTHEBAND, all of that gets melted away as soon as those enormous choruses and bended guitars chime back in.

60
Spectrum Culture

It’s clear that the band is experimenting this time around, even attempting to construct a quasi-narrative framing PUP as a product to be sold, but the best of The Unraveling is reflected in their tried-and-true formula.

60
The Needle Drop

PUP might be a bit too in its head on The Unraveling.

CLJesse
70

I still enjoyed this album, but goddamn am I disappointed. The core songs themselves are still fun, Pup tracks with their delightful energy. However, the overly reverb-heavy mixing hinders a lot of the impactfulness. On top of that, aside from a couple great tracks ("Waiting" in particular) this record doesn't add much to their sound. That being said, the worst Pup project is still pretty fun, and a lot better than their peers in modern pop punk.

FAVORITES: Waiting | Habits | Grim ... read more

BaddieBaphomet
70

NO NUANCE REVIEW

Yeah, it’s catchy, it’s fun, it’s high energy, the riffs and grooves slam, and it makes interesting creative decisions that make it stand out from other albums in an often very repetitive genre - but if they’re not screaming about alt girls and crying about nobody respecting them, is it even pop-punk?

Yes. Absolutely. Preferable, actually.

MickyT
70

While some of the production choices and ideas on 'THE UNRAVELING OF PUPTHEBAND' don't really work in the bands favour, there's enough fantastic tracks on here to keep me invested. This was one of my most anticipated albums of the year since I loved the singles so much but I can't really say I'm that disappointed since there's still some quality stuff on here, they're still dishing out some infectious, catchy and well-written Pop Punk and Indie Rock that goes off instrumentally and vocally, and ... read more

ToThePoint
77

A good album.

foux
78

That cover is insane. That being said, the album itself isn't bad at all. Might be a bit messy from time to time, but definitely worth a listen.

LilbigMedium14
65

It’s entertaining while it’s on, but it really doesn’t leave that much of a lasting impact. Some of the playing and writing is really good and funny, however I feel the band could have done more with the whole seffreferncial theme. This record definitely lives in the shadow of 2019s Morbid Stuff.

Fav tracks: Robot Writes A Love Song, Waiting, Cutting Off Corners

Least fav: The Four Chords interludes

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Added on: January 13, 2022