Household Name

Momma - Household Name
Critic Score
Based on 15 reviews
2022 Ratings: #239 / 498
User Score
Based on 67 ratings
2022 Ratings: #312
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Distorted Sound
This album is fun, dreamy, harsh, and so outside the box.
God Is in the TV
This entire piece of songwriting is both eloquent and touching, as it pulls from the songwriter’s own personal experience, creating a truly awesome 12 songs. As the listener, it left me with no alternative but to reach for the repeat.
The Line of Best Fit

Household Name re-establishes the pair’s vitality to this extent, avoiding a potential sophomore slump in extending the countercultural charge that cemented the appeal of their first LP.


Household Name is a refreshingly personal effort from West Coast musicians Etta Friedman and Allegra Weingarten, whose evocative grunge outings as Momma are sounding increasingly impressive.

The band’s third album, and first for Lucky Number, is a whirlwind of huge riffs and slick ‘90s revivalism.
While musically speaking, they hold the stylistics of '90s rock close to their chests, they know better than to merely imitate their idols, lending their own voices to an existing template to create something more distinctive.
Pleasingly self-referential, ‘Household Name’ is a joyous selection, a record that melds together its alt-rock influences to locate a distinctive voice, pitting intricate instrumentation against some killer pop hooks. Looks like we may just have found our summer soundtrack.
The perfect listen for when you’re either deep in the throes of love or still nursing heartbreak.
Under The Radar

Household Name manages to be both bold and wary—capturing the kinetic anxiety that arises when a protracted daydream seeps into your everyday.

Northern Transmissions
Regardless of your approach to Momma’s latest release, giving it a listen will probably make you a fan. This will especially be the case if you like the loud-quiet-loud dynamic and profound vocals.

The Brooklyn duo’s cheeky spin on Gen-X slacker rock asks: What does it take to become a 1990s alt-rock star right this minute?

Loud and Quiet
They’ve retained a lyrical approach to their reality which they showed previously through their fiction, and it makes the record sit nicely amongst their discography.

Household Name is their Cannonball moment, supercharged pop that also acknowledges Smashing Pumpkins and Veruca Salt. Momma wear it well; celebrating, not denying, their inspiration.


Whether it's highly relatable or a bit paint-by-numbers is up to the listener, although the blueprint here is an auspiciously well-tested one.

Classic Rock
Sweet-voiced grrrl-angst vocals meet grunge dynamics; non-committal Veruca Salt do post-Nirvana loud bit/miserable bit. I Mean, it's fine, but... meh.

Rip Off (80)
Speeding 72 (84)
Medicine (87)
Rockstar (81)
Motorbike (62)
Tall Home (45)
Lucky (83)
Brave (77)
Callin Me (63)
Spider (55)
No Stage (61)
No Bite (64)

Chill and Rock never mixed together, maybe on the past but here is simply amazing that you can hear their softs vocals, and combined with the guitars become I'm not gonna saying is original but definitely has some shining in their work, that make me like this band a little bit.


I quite enjoyed this album! I gravitate a lot towards the indie rock genre, a lot thanks to Spotify's many playlists. Even if it is an overdone, saturated mix of a lot of bands like this out there, I just enjoy the sonics and vocals of this a lot. The guitar solos are impressive, the choruses are catchy, and the length is good! Some of the guitar reminds me a lot of Deftones' or Smashing Pumpkins' grunginess. It does get monotonous after a bit though, admittedly.

FAVES: Rip Off, Speeding 72, ... read more


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Added on: April 19, 2022