New Misery

Cullen Omori - New Misery
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2016 Ratings: #434 / 758
User Score
Based on 25 ratings
2016 Ratings: #459
March 18, 2016 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Loud and Quiet

An orchestra of influences bubble, perceptibly, into a delicious mash-up that, like any great cocktail, is stronger than the sum of its parts. Exciting and original. And proof that not quite knowing who you are is just fine.

80
The Guardian

Another skinny indie kid singing about love and the human condition might not sound essential, but Omori has decided to take the high road and craft something special.

80
Drowned in Sound

Omori has documented the recent past into a musical diary of sorts that rivals the likes of Kurt Vile or Christopher Owens in its no holds barred honesty.

80
NME

Denser than any of their three albums, ‘New Misery’ blends catchy solos, beefy drums and thick synth parts indebted to Spiritualized and OMD with Cullen’s voice – which remains evocative of some dreamy American high school utopia.

70
AllMusic

New Misery may be uneven, but it confirms Cullen Omori has a musical future one might not have expected based on the Smith Westerns.

70
The 405

New Misery is a woozy blend of upbeat pop sensibilities lined with distant vocals and edged with electronic frills.

65
Under The Radar

A solo debut that functions as a bit of a reinvention, for better or worse.

62
Pitchfork

New Misery’s filler doesn’t lie in the songs themselves, but rather within them, the predictable indulgences of both solo albums and transitions from guitar to synthesizers. 

43
Consequence of Sound

Without any momentum for the listener to latch onto, the songs become formless, their traditional structures never brought to life by any kind of tangible hook.

Sinestroll
90
★★★★★: No Big Deal • Two Kinds • Hey Girl • Sour Silk
JulianGomez974
60
An extremely bland and repetitive record with few interesting ideas here and there. Cullen Omori (ex-Smith Westerns) finds a particular theme and he stays with it, except for the lead single ("Cinnamon"), which is the reason why this got my attention, however, the vocals are exhaustive and overshadow the cool instrumentals. I don't know, I had so much hope for this album and it disappointed me big.

Fav tracks: No Big Deal, Cinnamon.
Least fav track: New Misery.
KevinPasos
76
Essential Tracks - N/A
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#22/Loud and Quiet
#32/Les Inrocks

Track List

  1. No Big Deal
  2. Two Kinds
  3. Hey Girl
  4. And Yet the World Still Turns
  5. Cinnamon
  6. Poison Dart
  7. Sour Silk
  8. Synthetic Romance
  9. Be a Man
  10. LOM
  11. New Misery
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