Up to Anything

The Goon Sax - Up to Anything
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2016 Ratings: #49 / 770
User Score
Based on 50 ratings
2016 Ratings: #247
March 11, 2016 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
The Guardian
It is a deceptively difficult trick, to capture the humanity and irregularities of music in a way that does not feel cloying, but over 12 tracks on their debut album Brisbane’s the Goon Sax manage it again, and again, and again. This is some kind of wonderful.
90
The Line of Best Fit
This is pop music as it should be: simple, unvarnished, young but world-weary, and ultimately timeless.
90
Spin

Sweetly alienated knockouts like “Ice Cream (On My Own)” and “Sometimes Accidentally” lend a gravitas to twee as shruggily out of place in 2016 as Tallulah was in 1987 — and every bit as necessary.

80
Loud and Quiet
‘Up To Anything’ is some of the most brilliantly, brutally adolescent pop music to emerge in a very long time. I hope they never grow up.
80
NME

The Brisbane teenagers’ debut album ‘Up To Anything’ – an endearingly simple and quietly profound telling of a suburban adolescence – is near-flawless guitar pop.

70
AllMusic
It's an impressive debut, one that should easily win over fans of simple and true indie pop, and also one that promises great things in the future.
70
Pitchfork

Each song is well-structured and wise beyond its years while the messages are confused, delicate and very, very teenage. This is the sound of growing up smart.

70
FasterLouder

The trio of Brisbane teenagers all share songwriting duties on their debut album, Up to Anything, and a millennial apathy prevails as the jangle pop three-piece churn out their terse hook-laden compositions.

NervousYoungMan
84
Up to anything is simply pop perfection. Weird, quirky and annoyingly catchy. The same formula seems to be repeated throughout the album but never fails to make you groove.
Felindie
70
Fav Tracks: Anyone Else, Making The Worst, Sometimes Accidentally
exception
71
The youthful nature of this album is what I love and hate about it. On one hand, the dull and adolescent lyrics make this album something like an immature Belle & Sebastian, and on the other, the very colorful instrumentation keeps me listening throughout. Overall a solid project, but until the songwriting is improved, it's nothing to go crazy about.
100
Never loved every single song on an album before so yup this is a darn 100!
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Year End Lists

#49/Billboard
#78/Piccadilly Records
#81/Rough Trade

Track List

  1. Up to Anything
  2. Sometimes Accidentally
  3. Target
  4. Telephone
  5. Home Haircuts
  6. Boyfriend
  7. Sweaty Hands
  8. Susan
  9. Making the Worst
  10. Anyone Else
  11. Maggie
  12. Icecream (On My Own)
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