Absolute Loser

Fruit Bats - Absolute Loser
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
2016 Ratings: #292 / 762
User Score
Based on 31 ratings
2016 Ratings: #323
May 13, 2016 / Release Date
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Easy Sound / Label
Indie Folk / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

85
Paste

Absolute Loser restores the Fruit Bats name, and thankfully this new start doesn’t come with attempts to concoct new tricks, but instead unfolds as a rock-solid example of what Johnson has done best for more than 15 years.

80
American Songwriter

Despite the downbeat album title, Johnson has crafted winning, uplifting music that’s inspirational, even rousing, under any name.

80
AllMusic

On the whole, Absolute Loser is dominated by an energetic wistfulness and sweet melodicism that characterize most of Johnson's work, whatever his instrument palette.

67
Consequence of Sound

Absolute Loser isn’t an experimental, mind-blowing fusion of genres. It doesn’t veer away from Fruit Bats signature sound. Instead, it serves to remind us that Fruit Bats have grown their sound, cultivated it, broken it, and rebuilt it, yet the core remains the same.

60
PopMatters

The best stuff on Absolute Loser provides a welcome return of an underrated American band. If the songs aren’t great at every turn here, they’re still very good, making this a solid record for long-time fans happy to see the band back, and a good set for drawing in new fans.

75
Now into the second decade of their career, Fruit Bats are still in strong form. This album, which lies somewhere between Americana and indie folk, associates more strongly with a rural, Midwestern identity than their previous works, and it's interesting to hear an album with a number of songs focused on these themes of belonging and alienation. Sonically and melodically it's nothing new, but it's a very solid addition to their discography.
tha138
64
For their sixth album, they still cross the secure folkways of their sweet Midwest, hailing Americana and feeling very happy to act this way.
Greatr
75
While this album doesn't necessarily bring much new to the table for the indie-folk genre, and with vocals to the likeness of Mark Foster, if you're a fan of the genre, you will be pleasantly surprised, as I was.

Favorite tracks: From a Soon-to-Be Ghost Town, Baby Bluebird
Least favorite track: Birthday Drunk
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#49/Paste

MISC LISTS

#25/Paste (First Half)

Track List

  1. From a Soon-to-Be Ghost Town
  2. Humbug Mountain Song
  3. None of Us
  4. Absolute Loser
  5. Baby Bluebird
  6. My Sweet Midwest
  7. Birthday Drunk
  8. Good Will Come to You
  9. It Must Be Easy
  10. Don't You Know That
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Added on: March 8, 2016