AOTY 2022

Pool Kids

Pool Kids - Pool Kids
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Based on 3 reviews
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Based on 99 ratings
2022 Ratings: #87
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Music_Nerds
95

Bop bop bop! If Avril invented punk-rock then surely Pool Kids invented math-rock. Although more comparable to Paramore in their #2022 emo qualities it’s time this album got a little recognition.
A lesser known band In what is likely this years key shining example of innovation meets pop sensibilities in guitar based music: Pool Kids with their Self-Titled Sophomore album. In 2019 Hayley Williams said: “This is what Paramore wished we sounded like in the early 2000s.” While I ... read more

currentjoyys
72

FAVORITE TRACK: Couch

LEAST FAVORITE TRACK: Pathetic

A very solid, power-emo record. I think the 2nd half of this album is a little stronger with how emotional and personal it gets on Couch, Waking Up and Arm's Length.

SonicDiscovery
84

It doesn’t happen too often, but something a band is able to stumble upon a fantastic balance of emotionally loud outburst and pop appeal and Florida band Pool Kids do just that on their self-titled sophomore effort. For every powerful math rock progression the band flow through, they swing right back with something equally as compelling within its dreaminess. You’ll be able to find this back and forth flow inside some of the albums best moments, like “Further”, ... read more

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Added on: May 24, 2022