CHOPPER

Kiwi Jr. - CHOPPER
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
2022 Ratings: #392 / 619
User Score
Based on 51 ratings
2022 Ratings: #478
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
Northern Transmissions
If Kiwi Jr. continue to challenge themselves and improve with each release, they’re sure to reach plenty more peaks just beyond the horizon.
80
DIY
They’re not re-writing the rule book, but on ‘Chopper’ Kiwi Jr lift off towards becoming cult favourites.
80
AllMusic

As it stands, Chopper's ear-candy synths and vivid production simply add new layers of intrigue to Kiwi Jr.'s unshakable foundation of consistently strong (and pervasively catchy) indie rock songwriting.

80
Louder Than War
Kiwi Jr. return with album number three and take a turn away from their jangle-indie to embrace more synth-pop while retaining their slacker charm.
80
Classic Rock
The odd latter-half song gets lost in the sonics, but mostly Kiwi's stew hasn't lost its taste.
80
PopMatters

Kiwi Jr. brighten their C-86-inspired sound with synthesizers, adding a new-wave tint that makes its cheeriness on Chopper shine.

77
Paste
Their new Dan Boeckner-produced album dials up the synths, evoking the plastic pop of The Cars.
76
Pitchfork
Produced by Wolf Parade’s Dan Boeckner, the latest from the Toronto band accompanies manic, referential lyrics with neon-tinted, futurist power-pop.
70
Uncut

Whenever he [frontman Jeremy Gaudet] does lose his footing, the band’s imaginative take on mid-2000s indie rock – all churning guitars and zigzagging synths – steadies this Chopper.

70
Loud and Quiet

With Chopper, Kiwi Jr. have managed to extend their shelf life indefinitely, showing the world that they’re much more than mere slacker rock pretenders.

70
God Is in the TV

If Cooler Returns was the sunny daytime in Toronto, summer weddings by lakes in Nashville, baseball in LA and plain clothed cops in Omaha, then Chopper is the night, a metaphorical night or just the darkness that descended on 2020/21.

70
The Line of Best Fit

Chopper doesn’t reinvent the wheel, nor does it steer into anything surprising or off kilter, but it definitely shows how nicely the wheel continues to spin.

60
Mojo

Fluorescent keyboards crowd Kiwi Jr.'s once-open spaces on Chopper, making the surface of their first "produced" LP feel more like an oil slick than the band's past terrain of jagged delights.

60
The Irish Times
Dig deep and you’ll find melodic and lyrical gems in the pleasantly scrappy plod.
andyintoronto
79

Being a Torontonian, the references land which is nice (RCMP, Joe Shuster Way etc.). Kiwi Jr. really impressed me with their Pavement carbon copy debut. Their second album wasn't as strong and felt like the style was wearing thin. A welcome tweak on this record with the addition of bubbly and bouncing synths. Best tracks" Night vision. the Extra Sees the Film.

steadyrhythms
72

With this being produced by Wolf Parade's Dan Boeckner and drawing comparisons to Pavement, this was an album and band I just had to check out. It was worth it, as there's quite a lot of great riffs, melodies, and wit on this thing. I however wouldn't say this sounds like a Pavement record, but more so a Stephen Malkmus record. With Pavement, there's a lot of dynamic contrast, and you can feel the personality of every instrument, not just Malkmus' vocals. In their songs, you can tell which ... read more

OneSpaltReview
64

Their two previous albums made it to my end-of-year list, but this one probably won't. They used to have a playful, crisp sound but now they just sound like everybody else. Murkier.

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Added on: May 18, 2022