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100
Dork
An album that takes all those months of pent up tension and shakes them out like nobody’s watching, the only exception ‘Surrender’ is willing to make is to its own instinctive urges. Feeding both the head and the heart, Maggie Rogers has gone feral. Let the joy spring forth.
90
musicOMH
Embracing emotion wholeheartedly, her second record pulls you in even on first listen, and grabs you by the scruff of the neck.
90
AllMusic

Surrender is the sound of Rogers coming into her complete self as an artist and choosing to be the positive force for good that she wants to see in both the pop and real worlds.

85
Under The Radar

A higher bar has been set by Surrender, and one suspects that the effort will beget a slew of recordings inspired by its richly idiosyncratic sound—an invigorating and necessary innovation in marvelous alt pop.

84
Northern Transmissions

Even if some melodies are misplaced, some lyrics a bit corny, Surrender is packed with the confidence and love that peeked out from Heard It In A Past Life in small doses.

80
RIOT

In Surrender, Maggie Rogers covers all bases. From nostalgic synth to bold electric guitar, big drum beats to tinkly piano, the album carries the listener through the eras, the highs and lows, and out the other side.

80
The Young Folks
In twelve enchanting indie-pop tracks, she explores intense feelings, perpetual yearning, and navigates love through the confines of time.
80
PopMatters

Maggie Rogers’ sophomore LP Surrender heads in an alt-pop/rock direction and tackles ambition in all its glorious ability to make or break ourselves.

80
The Observer
Urgent, forthright and rocking out, the American’s second studio album is a compelling change of direction.
80
NME
On her second album, the singer-songwriter ratchets things up several notches to find her most powerful form yet.
80
Evening Standard
Rogers followed up a Grammy win by enrolling in university, but this album should mean she doesn’t have to apply for any grad jobs.
80
Albumism

It’s safe to say that on Surrender, Rogers has gotten closer to the divine.

80
The Forty-Five
Faced with the numbness and antipathy of modern life, Maggie Rogers fights back with feeling.
80
Clash
From the lyrical outpouring of questions and realisations, to the emotions encapsulated by these instrumental vignettes and thoughtful production, you get the sense that Maggie is at home here in this state of experimentation and consideration.
80
Gigwise

Maggie Rogers sound unrestrained, wild and free.

80
DIY
Somehow both modern and instilled in the past.
78
Paste

The singer radiates indie-pop cool while embracing uncertainty, serendipity and everything in between on sophomore LP.

73
Pitchfork
The “Alaska” star’s second album, which shares its title with her Harvard Divinity School thesis, asks big questions about life through confident pop anthems.
70
Rolling Stone

Surrender feels less hungry to impress. It seems to reflect what the 28-year-old singer-songwriter is most interested in at this very moment, which appears to be a blend of Nineties alt-rock and turn-of-the-century shopping-mall pop.

70
The Line of Best Fit
While further proving that Rogers has yet to find a wholly satisfying balance between understated folk and maximalist electropop, it also shows her to be a multifaceted performer with a dynamism lacking amongst many of her peers
60
The Irish Times
A confident second offering, but Rogers’ radio-friendly songs lack emotional heft.
60
The Telegraph

Surrender leans so hungrily into its sonic vision of maximal catharsis that the album soon embodies its title – and propels you into doing the same.

50
Loud and Quiet

Surrender feels a bit too much like a pastiche of a good pop album, rather than a record that can be counted as one in its own right

40
The Skinny
Even with songs that are brash, chunky and loud, Maggie Rogers gives over to pared back singer-songwriter fare that reigns it all in.
marvelgaryen
88

You know what Maggie Rogers does better than anybody else? ACTUAL indie pop. 'Surrender' is a sustainable body of work, not only it's an extremely well produced record but it's also well written and well performed. I feel like this time around the tracks are much more organized, like there's bangers but there's also some songs to just breathe as you listen to the full work. Maggie sounds much more comfortable this time around, her lyrics are also much more sincere, there's a fine line in ... read more

VideoBoy
70

Ma'am why are you screaming at me like that 😭

TheCarioca
75

Overdrive - 4/5
That's Where I Am - 4/5
Want Want - 3/5
Anywhere With You - 4/5
Horses - 4/5
Be Cool - 4/5
Shatter - 4/5
Begging For Rain - 3/5
I've Got A Friend - 3/5
Honey - 4/5
Symphony - 4/5
Different Kind Of World - 4/5

jdbolter
65

Solid album, middle is the highlight and brings it all together

JonJ0n
60

This is a beautifully produced album but unfortunately outside a couple highlights I couldn’t help but be bored by it

beatrizwho
95

Simplesmente um dos meus álbuns favoritos do ano. Obrigada Maggie por ser a mulher que você é, por esse álbum e espero muito ouvi-la ao vivo algum dia.
#1 Want Want
#2 Anywhere With You
#3 That’s Where I Am
#4 Shatter
#5 Horses
#6 Begging for Rain
#7 Honey

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Track List

1Overdrive
3:14
76
2That's Where I Am
4:12
82
3Want Want
3:08
79
4Anywhere With You
4:57
74
5Horses
5:05
75
6Be Cool
2:57
68
7Shatter
3:40
79
8Begging For Rain
4:13
72
9I've Got A Friend
3:12
61
10Honey
3:42
71
11Symphony
5:11
72
12Different Kind Of World
2:45
72
Total Length: 46 minutes
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Added on: March 30, 2022