The Julie Ruin - Hit Reset
Critic Score
Based on 20 reviews
2016 Ratings: #185 / 877
User Score
Based on 45 ratings
2016 Ratings: #515
July 8, 2016 / Release Date
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Drowned in Sound

Practically every moment of Hit Reset feels as important as it is brilliant.

The 405

Hit Reset is so contemporary, so sharply observational, that the immediacy of it actually pained me the first time I tried to listen to it.


The Julie Ruin’s second album, Hit Reset, is bandleader and punk icon Kathleen Hanna's most commanding release since her manifesto-writing days.

The Skinny

While "Mr So and So" shows the gig perv no mercy, elsewhere Hanna’s bonehead-nailing, predudice-lancing manifesto reverberates, as ever, with humanity and truth.


If Hit Reset is the most open Hanna’s ever been about herself, it’s not because she let the rest of the world off the hook.


A record that’s as fun as it is furious, and as confrontational as it is cool. Musically it comes over like a lo-fi take on the 1960s girl group sound, as trashy as a John Waters movie, like The Cramps smothered in candyfloss. But the real meat is in Hanna’s lyrics, which are more personal than ever before.


The Julie Ruin have hit their mark squarely with this oddly hooky, and totally unique, release.

A racing sense fun propels much of The Julie Ruin’s latest, and it’s a more refined step forward from the debut.
The Line of Best Fit

The biggest talking point on Hit Reset ... is that it finds Hanna on the lyrical form of her life - and that’s saying something.


Opting for lively melodies and animated guitar riffs, many of the songs on Hit Reset are characterized by a sense of childlike enthusiasm.

Consequence of Sound
There are some aspects of Kathleen Hanna that will never disappear from her music, like the sharp wit and the force of her vocals. While the music of The Julie Ruin may not have as much of the anger and purpose that colored her earlier work, it feels like some of her most personal music yet, a reclamation of herself as a musician.
A.V. Club

Hit Reset is commendable not because Hanna is a pioneer in the punk world, but because, after all she’s been through, she still has the vigor and passion to be a worthwhile participant.

Rolling Stone

It's often hard for living legends to make new material that's more than an echo of their most groundbreaking work, but those who hear Hit Reset without knowing Hanna's catalog should find it as charming as any super fan would.

The Guardian
Its songs are like hand grenades dusted with icing sugar, disguising their subject matter with hand-claps, kazoo-like synths and the playful delivery of jump-rope taunts – often a bit too sweet, in fact.
NOW Magazine
This album tones down the punk and ups the danceability, as most of Hanna’s music has done since BK’s demise.
Under The Radar

This is good. And some of it is very good. The trouble being that, production-wise, these songs want more power than they're given.

I've struggled to write this review because I feel that my listening experience with this type of music is deeply insufficient, and, thusly, I feel incompetent to write about it.

I've not spent much type listening to Bikini Kill or Brat Mobile. I haven't listened to basically anything by their predecessors such as The Slits, The Raincoats, or Kleenex. I am a huge, huge fan of Sleater-Kinney, but that is about where my knowledge of "riot grrrl" music and female punk bands ends.

So ... read more
Um disco que num geral consegue entregar o que promete: canções bem construídas de Rock Alternativo. Tendo em seu núcleo nomes consagrados do Rock Independente noventista como Kathleen Hana, o que eu gostei nesta banda é a forma como elas conseguem manter atual e vivo seu som jovem e descontraído, com bastante atitude e uma abordagem mais contemporânea a uma sonoridade já consagrada. Há alguns toques de teclados e microfonia por toda ... read more
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Track List

  1. Hit Reset
  2. I Decide
  3. Be Nice
  4. Rather Not
  5. Planet You
  6. Let Me Go
  7. Mr. So and So
  8. Record Breaker
  9. Hello Trust No One
  10. I'm Done
  11. Roses More than Water
  12. Time Is Up
  13. Calverton
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Added on: April 12, 2016