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Car Seat Headrest - Teens of Denial
Teens of Denial
83
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somans
91
Let's be candid: Teens of Denial is an important record. Now, I don't mean it's important in the same way that Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly is politically important. No, Teens of Denial is important because it has made this reviewer potently aware of how badly rock music needs Will Toledo. For those of you who are still unfamiliar with Car Seat Headrest, understand that Teens of Denial is a particularly unusual "debut" album given that it is both the Seattle-based band's ... read more
Strangelightsyd
97
Yeah ToD and TF are equal for me.
I'm never choosing one over the other.
Because neither is better than the other.
...
Twin Fantasy.
Shut up.
Fallendomino
88
Pure indie rock gold--24 karats and all. "Teens of Style" was good, but "Teens of Denial" is great.

Notable Songs: The entire album
noonoo97
69
Some good moments in this album and nice lyrics but overall its filled with some cheap indie gimmicks and to be honest im getting tired of the millions of the same indie albums coming out again and again. THEY ALL SOUND SIMILAR FOR FUCK SAKE
PipePanic
92
Both a gigantic sprawling epic to battle the likes of The Wall or The Black Parade, and a straight high school punk record, in a combination that creates one of the most infectious listens I've heard in a while. The musical equivalent to the film Submarine, its a extremely fun, emotional and all around entertaining rock album.

Favorite Jams: The Ballad of the Costa Concordia, Vincent, Just What I Needed / Not Just What I Needed

Lest Favorite: Joe Goes to School
chairycherry
NR
A great way to end my binge listening of Car Seat Headrest's discography. They have shown so much improvement from when they started to the modern day. This project right here is one of my favorites from them. The instrumentation is as far away from their typical lo-fi sound yet, with some appearances from horns and organs to give it a unique and diverse sound throughout. This albums vocal melodies and vocal inflections are ripe with emotion at times, and they delivery excellent hooks as well, ... read more
NervousYoungMan
86
TELL MY MOTHERRR THAT I'M COMING HOME CAUSE I'VE BEEN DESTROYED BY HIPPIIIIEEE POWERS
thethirdverse
30
don't let its seemingly "conscious" demeanor fool you: this is, for the most part, a shallow and boring attempt to create worthwhile songs.
best: vincent, drunk drivers/killer whales, joe goes to school
90
If Interpol was cool again, they might make an album like this
exception
89
EDIT: I'm keeping the score the same, but I legitimately think that Destroyed by Hippie Powers is one of the best rock songs of this decade so far, and my favorite of this year.

so after revisiting this project a few times after my initial listen... i really love it. will toledo's lyrics are very direct and from the heart, which is the standout factor that is present on this album. will describes problems with depression and relationships, along with social and internal dilemmas. his voice ... read more
85
Will Toledo has a terrific knack for emotive songwriting and song structures. In addition to capturing the angst of being teenager, Car Seat Headrest displays their musical talent as well through some fantastic riffing and tasteful instrumentation. Teens In Denial is a shining example of a rock album that both appeals to young people whilst not insulting their tastes and their intelligence.

Lyrics & Themes: 9/10
Performance: 8/10
Arrangement: 9/10
Sonic Palette: 8/10
madeeineem
95
If my future children ever ask me what it felt like to be a twenty-something in 2016, I will tell them to listen to this.
Sappy
90
Top Favorite: Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales
Other Favorites: Vincent, The Ballad Of The Costa Concordia, Fill In The Blank
Least Favorite: 1937 State Park
raymon
87
Teens of Denial sounds like an album made by a veteran band, who has proven what it takes to make a great album. This is a great indie rock record that is needed in a year devoid with great indie rock projects. It is full of slow-rock anthems, memorable lines, and powerful tunes. It is lengthy but it does not bore you. That is the ultimate sign, that this band has the potential to do more great things in the future.
bitterblossom12
100
I think Will Toldeo has passed Ezra Koenig as the best songwriter working. No one else is making music that rocks this much, that has this much going on structurally and texturally with guitars, and is so emotional yet so on point and humorous at the same time. This is the new high water mark for rock music, and I predict this to be the best rock album of the decade, and possibly the best album of the decade, although it could very likely be usurbed by Toledo's next effort. Drugs With Friends, ... read more
Gloden
90
This album is very fun to jam out to. These songs are really catchy and the guitar on here is super good. I really like the lyrics on this album, because they have that witty Will Toledo charm. This is probably the best album to listen to first if you're getting into Car Seat Headrest. It's really easy to get into.
100
It just begs to be listened for days on end. Comical at times, emotional at other times. Instrumentation is fantastic.
85
In my mind, this is one of the last CSHR albums that I think of. Mostly because all of the songs share such a similar great quality. Around the middle of the album, it gets a little boring, and the relatability is way more blatant. But most of the songs are great standalone tracks.
78
A big departure for CSH from their usual lo-fi sound, Teens of Denial makes me appreciate them even more, and shows how long Will Toledo has come since the first CSH release in 2010. Would recommend.

Fav track: 1937 State Park

Least fav track: Joe Goes to School
Henny
70
A less intresting version of Twin Fantasy, Will seems less experienced and emotional compared to his latest work, "Drugs are better" was a great song, with a catchy hook that keept me intrested throughout the entrie song, while tracks like "Cosmic Hero" where more boring to my ears
88
Will Toledo takes his career to new heights on this record. For the first time, he drops an album brimming with ambition (even if it pretends not to be). This song is equal parts hilarious and heartbreaking and Toledo has a knack for challenging his listeners to laugh when they should cry. Car Seat Headrest have a hell of a career in front of them and one day we'll all look back on this album as the moment it all started.
91
Exceptional, sweeping indie music that never manages to bore.
VividAids
100
check back in a year to see if this hits 100
amw100
89
I didn't know what to expect going into this one after listening to Twin Fantasy but what i got is a way more satisfying and complex version of it.
Siuda51
100
10/10
I thinks it's perfect, the lyrics are so great, i'm in love with this
Fav tracks: All

Fav lyrics:

Destroyed by Hippie Powers:
What happened to that chubby little kid who smiled so much and loved the Beach Boys?
What happened is I killed that fucker and I took his name and I got new glasses
Tell my mother I'm going home, I have been destroyed by hippie powers

Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales:
Here's that voice in your head
Giving you shit again
But you know he loves you
And he doesn't mean ... read more
ElectricMess
99
I love this album more and more with each listen. The lyrics are both depressingly hilarious and relatable, Will's knack for creating ingeniously structured indie rock is as strong as ever, and he actually has a band and a budget to back him up. Honestly, Unforgiving Girl (She's Not An) is the only thing holding it back from being a 10
Rob_StA
91
Top 3:
Drunk Drivers / Killer Whales
1937 State Park
Unforgiving Girl (She's Not An)
100
A very angsty album with great song after great song. It is very well written.
itsyahboinoah
85
Car seat headrest latest record gave us a whole new perspective of what great indie lo-fi rock can truly be. With Will toredo's sarcastic and honest lyrics towards the diverse and enthralling sonic platter results in a great body of work from the band. I honestly cherish and appreciate this record even though you can see much influences such as Weezer and The strokes coming through.
94
This album top to bottom is a powerful and unrelenting album that speaks about deep and personal matters, but never bores the listener. I listen I truly enjoyed.
RabbitBoy
90
Growers and showers... This one's both. As far as charged indie rock goes, this record is peak. Speaking from not really having followed Car Seat Headrest chronologically... I think this is their best album...
NR
One of my favorite albums of all time.
SeaBass
89
One of the most fun/anxious albums of the year is this indie rock piece with a fantastic song in Drunk Drivers/Killer Whale. Playful and full of angst and anthems, the lyrics are really special making you want to sing along to the whole thing. Each with different flavors, Will Toledo, Jeff Rosenstock and Ty Segall, are keeping rock alive, breathing and catchy, while sophisticated.
NR
The best lyrics....I love it. I love the length of the songs.
Errandboy
89
I bought myself a vinyl copy of this record after only mildly enjoying it and it's really grown on me, because the personality Will Toledo brings on every track is too great to deny. I still think the instrumentals sort of sound like your middle of the road indie rock affair, but my god can this guy every write some great fucking lyrics.

Original Score: 73/100
85
An excellent straight-up-the-middle indie rock album in a year without very many of those. It's possible that the single most exciting moment in rock music of the year was the build into and after the final chorus of "Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales" (such a good track). Despite its seventy minute runtime and its unchanging DIY nature, the music and songwriting here are so strong that it never loses interest, or at least not until after the eleven minute magnum opus of a tenth track.
60
Too long for me. Not a bad listen.
76
Mature and honest record with witty lyrics. The icing on the cake is that at times the album really rocks. Some excellent tracks are buried in here. It just didn't maintain top end momentum for the entire ride, but overall they hype is real.
chessmess
85
With 3 days left of 2016, I can say with 100% uncertainty that this is my aoty. Will Toledo is a genius. Everything from his song-writing and instrumentation to his rough vocals are so refreshing.

Listening to Teens of Denial the first time I could not help but think that this was just an "angsty and edgy teen"- The thing is, that is exactly what Will Toledo is. But he excels at being edgy and rebellious. Every track is a whole new story, a whole new side to this multi-faceted ... read more
ryansliao
90
This record continues to amaze me throughout. Will Toledo's nuanced songwriting combined with the band's great guitar melodies make this my favorite rock album of 2016. Even considering it's length, this record says something with every single track and doesn't bore you for the entire 70 minute runtime.

Best Tracks: Fill in the Blank, Destroyed By Hippie Powers, Drugs With Friends, Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales, Cosmic Hero, The Ballad of the Costa Concordia
Worst Tracks: Joe Goes to School
JFulfy
99
For some reason, this album, Whitney, and JMSN are a few of my most returned albums this year, this being the most enjoyable through the incredible balance between lyrical genius, and hard freakin rock that is so consistently spectacular. Rightfully deserves a GOAT in my books. One of my personal favourite rock albums.

Update - I cannot put into words how genius this album is.
Felindie
80
Fav Tracks: Drunk Drivers / Killer Whales, Connect the Dots, Unforgiving Girl (She's Not An)
mxruss
90
Excellent songwriting from Toledo. One of the best records of the year.
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