Anna Meredith - Varmints
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
2016 Ratings: #54 / 869
Year End Rank: #48
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Based on 216 ratings
2016 Ratings: #135
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March 4, 2016 / Release Date
LP / Format
Moshi Moshi / Label
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Anna Meredith’s self-described ‘collection of musical pests’ should welcomely plague many a listener for a long time to come. It’s a marvellously un-sobering boisterous beast of a record, and a sparkling début.


She wears her obvious theoretical grounding lightly and never lets it obstruct her ecstatic quest for new ideas and deranged stimuli. And Varmints is a knockout, the kind that makes you see cartoon stars.

Pretty Much Amazing

Varmints displays both extremely well crafted instrumentation, and an overwhelming creative freedom.

The Line of Best Fit

Meredith consistently does a phenomenal job of blending her concert hall ambition with a more mainstream musical sensibility.

Loud and Quiet

Half of ‘Varmints’ eschews vocals but with odd exception Meredith manages to cloak high-minded experimentalism in playful pop sensibility.

No Ripcord

Varmints is a playfully delirious listen that constantly rewards with new ideas at every corner, one that sketches an idealized pop landscape without recognizing that it actually touches all of its requisite pleasure points.

Thematically tight while sonically adventurous, Anna Meredith creates one of the most exceptional pop albums of the decade. The way she thinks about music is incredible; these songs do sound like little pests running around in your mind. The songs range from pure pop songs like 'Something Great' to unbelievably complex 'The Vapours.' There is a self-destructive quality to the music where it sounds as if the album could rip apart at the seams. It is one of the most fun albums I have ever heard; ... read more
The vocals are bland and uninteresting on essentially every track that they're featured. The textures, drum patterns and bass lines are well put together from a compositional standpoint for the most part, but there are equally as many tracks that are fucking all over the place musically, not crazy about this record, it's decent, just too inconsistent.

P.S. That's not the fucking cover, someone get on that
Quizá la palabra mágica es debut. El uso de contrapuntos y de los instrumentos, los cambios, las sensaciones, el abanico parece casi infinito. Un experimento perfecto. Quizá baje de calificación en un futuro pero es difícil, no sentirse enfrente del sonido que proyecta este álbum, un desfase. Una maravilla
Uno de los discos más vanguardistas del año.
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Track List

  1. Nautilus
  2. Taken
  3. Scrimshaw
  4. Something Helpful
  5. R-Type
  6. Dowager
  7. The Vapours
  8. Honeyed Words
  9. Last Rose
  10. Shill
  11. Blackfriars
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Added on: January 17, 2016