AOTY 2019

Cardinal

Pinegrove - Cardinal
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
2016 Ratings: #82 / 763
Year End Rank: #45
User Score
Based on 280 ratings
2016 Ratings: #143
February 12, 2016 / Release Date
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Indie Rock / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

83
Consequence of Sound

Pinegrove builds and burns a lot on Cardinal, and they’re left with the hard-earned knowledge that everything’s probably going to be alright. It’s not the stuff teenage anthems are made of, maybe, but maturity comes with its own small pleasures.

80
Spin
In another place and time, Pinegrove could have ridden a self-assured record like this to widespread indie acclaim. Instead, it feels like an act of generosity, a record lovingly crafted and intimately written, full of sounds, observations, and emotional realizations that you didn’t know you wanted in 2016, but, in fact, needed desperately.
80
Pitchfork

Cardinal feels like one big determined push outward, an album-length fight against solipsism without losing your sense of self in the process.

80
Exclaim!
The Montclair, New Jersey's band's sound — off-the-cuff, loose heart-on-sleeve indie-rock cut with Americana — is the perfect vessel for that kind of premature twilight, anxiety and loss. Above all else, it feels so goddamned natural.
80
AllMusic
What they lack in showiness or branding, they make up for in honesty and slightly battered spirit.
80
DIY
What’s unique about Pinegrove is how they compress uncertainty, doubt and fear without being overbearing.
75
Pretty Much Amazing

While it never really strives for inventiveness, Cardinal is steeped in honesty so raw and delivered so loosely that it almost feels like a private show that your friends would put on in your basement. There’s no flash here, just a finely crafted batch of searingly personal indie rock songs.

MinatoArisato
70
An entertaining and classic sounding emo record.

Best Track: Old Friends
Worst Track: Visiting
BuffaloStaple
70
Having trouble enjoying the lead singer's voice on a lot of the tracks here, but the production and writing is pretty solid, might grow on me overtime. Not bad.
UnbalancedForce
100
Adjectives: minimalistic, emotionally dense, energetically dynamic, youthfully driven, progressively paced, poetically interpretive, distinguishing, coarse, warm, well-balanced.
Aquarium_Drunk
87
I wish I was earlier to this album than I was but it's still a great display of modern indie rock. Songwriting, melodies, and guitar work are all stellar. "New Friends" will always slap my emotional tits.
rosevean
78
#4 Aphasia
#5 Visiting
#7 Size of the Moon
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Track List

  1. Old Friends
  2. Cadmium
  3. Then Again
  4. Aphasia
  5. Visiting
  6. Waveform
  7. Size of the Moon
  8. New Friends
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Added on: January 6, 2016