Painkillers

Brian Fallon - Painkillers
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2016 Ratings: #254 / 762
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Based on 23 ratings
March 11, 2016 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

83
A.V. Club

The secret to Painkillers is that Fallon doesn’t overcomplicate things or second-guess himself, which must be liberating considering the daunting amount of pressure he’s under with Gaslight.

83
Entertainment Weekly

Fallon proves he’s a first-rate songwriter with a dozen tunes that wax philosophical about love and the human condition.

82
Sputnikmusic
Throughout this record, you get a sense that Fallon feels deeply connected to - and comfortable with - these set of songs. The album's congruence in theme, tempo, and tone is both consistent and coherent.
80
Exclaim!

Painkillers does many things well and few things poorly. It's not a Gaslight record, but it's one that fans will find familiar.

80
American Songwriter

Painkillers quickly veers off from that attention-grabber, dials down the intensity of the music, and lets Fallon tread through settings more reflective and restrained.

80
AllMusic

Fallon has found a way to distill his band's fiery nostalgia into something a little more refined, but no less affecting.

80
NME
On the strength of ‘Painkillers’, Fallon’s transition to a solo career seems risk free.
70
Rolling Stone

Painkillers isn't quite a rebirth, but with his band struggling to stay vibrant in recent years, it feels a little like a new morning.

50
Consequence of Sound

Painkillers doesn’t have to be the grand statement that will make Brian Fallon a household name. Like its namesake, this album feels more like a temporary solution than a permanent way forward.

Fallendomino
60
Channeling his inner Bruce, Fallon tries his best to master the complex balance of maintaining a melody amongst meaningful lyrics. However, very much like his recently struggling Gaslight Anthem, Fallon can't seem to marry the two; songs lacking substance contain modest choruses and vice versa. It's a shame, because Fallon is a good lyricist and can deliver a moving melody, yet, neither are front-and-center on this solo album.

Notable Songs: "A Wonderful Life"; "Nobody ... read more
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#29/American Songwriter

Track List

  1. A Wonderful Life
  2. Painkillers
  3. Among Other Foolish Things
  4. Smoke
  5. Steve McQueen
  6. Nobody Wins
  7. Rosemary
  8. Red Lights
  9. Long Drives
  10. Honey Magnolia
  11. Mojo Hand
  12. Open All Night
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