The Joy Formidable - Hitch
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Based on 9 reviews
2016 Ratings: #474 / 770
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Based on 21 ratings
March 25, 2016 / Release Date
LP / Format
C'Mon Lets Drift / Label
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If the songwriting on ‘Hitch’ is, to coin an old music hack turn-of-phrase, ‘mature’, it’s also concise - in a good way.
Drowned in Sound

Hitch is a startling achievement of creativity. It doesn’t reinvent The Joy Formidable wheel but it refines everything they’ve done until this point and presents their most complete package yet.

A.V. Club

Working in a variety of moods and styles, The Joy Formidable proves with Hitch that it doesn’t need an overkill of energy to excite.

Under The Radar
While both the maudlin pop diversions and studio experiments are palatable enough, the band remains strongest at its most strident, pounding out massive choruses in an ocean of churning guitars, adorning them with syncopation or weird time interplay, and just going for it. Thankfully, that still represents half the menu.

The Welsh trio's third spin under the stylus, Hitch finds the Joy Formidable turning inward, but keeping the speaker cabinets aimed squarely toward the nosebleed section.

No Ripcord

On Hitch, The Joy Formidable give themselves and the listener far more space to breathe than on past records. Rather than a near-continuous rock fest, this album comes in waves, moving effortlessly between tempos and tones.

Consequence of Sound
It’s not the worst way to spend an hour; you just might want to carve out some time for a nap afterwards.

Hitch isn't just a retread of the band's previous work; it's a summation of all the ways the Alternative Nation has under-delivered since the new millennium.

The Guardian
Their guitar riffs are indeed as formidable as anyone who has heard their previous two albums would expect – but there’s a deficit on the joy side of the equation.
#1 A Second in White, #4 Liana
The Joy Formidable does not go out of their way to try and reinvent Indie Rock, but much like Car Seat Headrest, they are able to make some interesting songs that are held up by solid vocals and fairly traditional indie rock production. The album feels like it is constantly on the train tracks, without any kind of dynamic progression. They include some really slow songs, and some really energetic tracks. It does not play well together, resulting in a fair bit of inconsistency. This is one of ... read more
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Track List

  1. A Second in White
  2. Radio of Lips
  3. The Last Thing on My Mind
  4. Liana
  5. The Brook
  6. It's Started
  7. The Gift
  8. Running Hands with the Night
  9. Fog (Black Windows)
  10. Underneath the Petal
  11. Blowing Fire
  12. Don't Let Me Know
  13. The Last Thing on My Mind
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