Earrings Off!

Adult Jazz - Earrings Off!
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Based on 8 reviews
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Based on 25 ratings
2016 Ratings: #632
May 20, 2016 / Release Date
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Tri Angle / Label
Art Pop / Genres
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Drowned in Sound

Earrings Off! is undoubtedly a brave, intriguing release, and should cement Adult Jazz as a band you really can’t afford to ignore.


Earrings Off! is an album that demands multiple listens and gets better with each one.


Like their debut, Earrings Off! is made up of uncompromising stuff that may take some adjusting to, but willing ears will find articulate, distinctive musicality that rewards repeat listens. It might even provide an unexpected earworm or two.


I give Adult Jazz a bit of a hard time in this review, but it’s mainly due to the fact that when Earrings Off! is good, it’s very, very good. When it’s not so good, it sounds too much like forced experimentation. This is a band that I am looking forward to hearing a lot more of in the future.

Consequence of Sound

Earrings Off! is too small to be called a sophomore slump, and it introduces new elements to the band’s repertoire that could easily play well with the best aspects of Gist Is. What’s next will hopefully be a bold combination of the two.

The Guardian

Earrings Off! might not be the easiest of listens, but then it’s unlikely anyone looking for an easy listen will be plumping for an artist called Adult Jazz in the first place, let alone one whose music attempts to examine ideas surrounding body image, gender archetypes and liberation from masculinity.


Earrings Off! edges much closer to that drop-off than its predecessor, burdened by often-silly lyrics and a sound that is a bit more derivative than their last record would suggest.

The 405
Whilst it does make some sense for Adult Jazz to embrace more electronic instruments, especially given how much their previous album seemed to be constructed around intricate loops, it often acts more as an awkward adornment, than a compliment.
In awe of the size of this turd festering at the bottom of the moldy toilet bowl. It's been sitting there for 3 years and people haven't noticed it.
Boldly experimental, a huge leap artistically forward for a band with an already incredibly decent debut record. Constantly warping, yet still remains catchy as hell.

BEST TRACKS: Pumped from Above, Eggshell, Earrings Off!
This EP is definitely not for everyone. It is heavily lyrically/philosophically driven. It demands patience of the listener. It seeks the boundaries of what is okay to be called "Music" and then takes a leap far past it but not just for the sake of it. It seeks to express deep suffering that the lyricist is attempting to purge from himself.

Earrings Off explores frustration over sexuality, gender dysphoria, lust, insecurity and other themes through various approaches such as ... read more
They've somehow managed to take the most unbearable bits of their debut (particularly 'Be a Girl'), suck out all of the life out of them, make them even more frustrating to decipher or just straight up enjoy, and comprised them all into one little album. Sorry guys, I've tried, but this is where I'm jumping ship. I just can't take any more of the endless migraines.
☆½ ~ Exiguous and quite unsteady listen. Not my thing.
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Track List

  1. Earrings Off!
  2. (Cry for Time Off)
  3. Eggshell
  4. (Cry for Coherence)
  5. Pumped from Above
  6. Ooh Ah Eh
  7. (Cry for Home)
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