Car Seat Headrest - Teens of Denial
Teens of Denial
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Jun 14, 2016*
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
May 21, 2016
Pure indie rock gold--24 karats and all. "Teens of Style" was good, but "Teens of Denial" is great.

Notable Songs: The entire album
May 20, 2016
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
Dec 4, 2016
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
Feb 24, 2018
Top Favorite: Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales
Other Favorites: Vincent, The Ballad Of The Costa Concordia, Fill In The Blank
Least Favorite: 1937 State Park
Jun 21, 2016
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.
May 26, 2016
If Interpol was cool again, they might make an album like this
May 25, 2016*
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
May 22, 2016*
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
Apr 2, 2018
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
Feb 28, 2018*
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
Feb 21, 2018
Nice indie rock album
Feb 16, 2018
Top 3:
Drunk Drivers / Killer Whales
1937 State Park
Unforgiving Girl (She's Not An)
Jan 13, 2018
If I had to take away one thing from Teens of Denial, it’s this: Will Toledo is a brilliant songwriter. His ability to be so raw and honest in his lyrics is refreshing and admirable. Musically, this is a fun modern rock record. Not much more can be said than that. As amazing as Will’s lyrics are, his instrumentals leave something to be desired. They’re fun as hell, but they don’t venture out of the box too often, and that’s something I value a ton in music. ... read more
Jan 5, 2018
Dec 31, 2017
A very angsty album with great song after great song. It is very well written.
Dec 18, 2017
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.
Aug 26, 2017
Jun 30, 2017
No song I dislike, it's great
Feb 19, 2017
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.
Feb 15, 2017
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...
Jan 28, 2017
One of my favorite albums of all time.
Jan 17, 2017
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.
Jan 17, 2017
The best lyrics....I love it. I love the length of the songs.
Jan 16, 2017
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
Jan 7, 2017
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.
Jan 2, 2017
Too long for me. Not a bad listen.
Jan 1, 2017
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.
Dec 27, 2016*
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
Dec 27, 2016*
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
Dec 15, 2016*
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.
Dec 5, 2016
Fav Tracks: Drunk Drivers / Killer Whales, Connect the Dots, Unforgiving Girl (She's Not An)
Nov 28, 2016
Excellent songwriting from Toledo. One of the best records of the year.
Nov 24, 2016
Yes. I like the song writing, the musicianship and the quirky context of it all, but... It's just too damn long!
Nov 23, 2016
"I felt like a walking piece of shit in a stupid looking jacket"

So miserable
Nov 18, 2016
Car Seat Headrest is the kind of band that you only get to like 3 or 4 songs. I thought thinks would change with this album. I read the reviwes and I thought "well, this one'll probably be on my list!"
Wrong again...
Oct 14, 2016
Julian Casablanca's younger brother
Sep 16, 2016
• Fill in the Blank
• Destroyed by Hippie Powers
• Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales
• Unforgiving Girl (She's Not An)
• (Joe Gets Kicked out of School for Using) Drugs with Friends [But Says This Isn't a Problem]
Aug 24, 2016
So far, favorite album of 2016. A double-album, every one of the 12 tracks is a keeper, which makes it a throw-back to an era when albums (not just songs) mattered, and so did the words.

Considering the over-riding theme — a young man’s struggle with depression, paranoia, anger, lonesomeness, and a world filled with ennui — I guess you could call it a concept album. Car Seat Headrest (one of the worst band names anyone could dream up) is mostly singer/songwriter Will Toledo, ... read more
Aug 15, 2016
This album perfectly covers the feelings of pride and self-hatred that depression brings. "Fill in the Blank", "Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales", and "Cosmic Hero" are great songs that all drive home that feeling of suffocation and yearning you feel with depression.

I never really cared much for Car Seat Headrest before I listened to this album. I listened to a few songs on their Twin Fantasy album but that was about it. However, after reading The Atlantic's review ... read more
Aug 7, 2016
A personal account of young adulthood at its most spastic (and sometimes darkest) told through a lengthy record that truly rocks.
Jul 15, 2016
Good people give good advice, get a job, eat an apple it will work itself out.
Jun 30, 2016
Buen album para un nerd sobrevalorado como will toledo.
Jun 24, 2016
By terms of lyrics this is definitely the best album of 2016, there’s no way you can say Will Toledo has not talent at writing. He accomplishes angst, honesty, relatability, hilarity and swearing in every track, it’s a record that almost feels like an open book. The production is mostly surprising, the riffs are so catchy, the structures are innovative and the vocals are on point. I’m tremendously glad that I gave this a try, I wasn’t sure what to expect and at first I ... read more
Jun 20, 2016
Been coming back to this album a little more lately. The first half is incredible, full of catchy hooks and creative riffs. Then about halfway it just dies down a bit
Jun 2, 2016
Tiene lo necesario para ser un hit, pero le falta esa sencillez, inmediatez y naturalidad del mejor rock.
May 27, 2016
Though this album easily could have ended at the tenth track, every song is great. Nice to see something this strong from Will after releasing SO MANY albums.
May 21, 2016*
Car Seat Headrest hitting the mainstream is the best thing to happen to twenty-something year-olds since “The Front Bottoms” got signed.

If you’re a moody, constantly depressed, and highly cynical twenty-something year old who often gets frustrated with the cold world around you, Car Seat Headrest is the music for you. Appealing to the same demographic as acts such as The Front Bottoms, Car Seat are the newest group to capture the emotionally off-balance minds of your ... read more
May 19, 2016
Essa banda tem muita individualidade, carisma e bom humor, o que logo me chamou a atenção de forma positiva. Essas canções são absolutamente sinceras, honestas, verdadeiras. Tem muito senso de humor, reflexão, jogo de palavras...é um som inocente e divertido, como uma banda jovem de rock tem que ser. Entretanto, algumas canções são demasiadamente longas e pouco inspiradas, o que torna a experiência de ouvinte um pouco ... read more
May 13, 2016
This band keeps getting better and better in each release. Too bad they need to scrape track # 5 due to non approval from use of The Cars sample.
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