I Play My Bass Loud

Gina Birch - I Play My Bass Loud
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2023 Ratings: #220 / 615
User Score
Based on 39 ratings
Liked by 4 people
February 24, 2023 / Release Date
LP / Format
Third Man / Label
Post-Punk / Genre
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Record Collector

I Play My Bass Loud coheres through the sheer magnetism of Birch's personality and playing, and her unrelenting commitment to examining the forces — systemic, accidental, deliberate and sometimes self-defeating — that have acted upon women since the dawn of time.

There’s something about this mix of scrawling guitars, frank lyricism and brazen dub that is a joyfully empowering inversion of the girl group sound.
It's a loud, celebratory album that perfectly boils down Birch's 40-plus-year journey as a tireless, boundless, and most of all fearless, creator.
On this evidence, enough to suggest that Birch, now into her late sixties, might just be entering her next great creative phase.
The Arts Desk
She’s an art-school adventurer who has painted, filmed and performed by her own rules for over four decades.
Classic Rock

For Raincoats fans this is the most similar to their underrated third album Moving, for its fluent, danceable, off-kilter rhythms. For everyone else it's a marvel waiting to be discovered.

The debut solo album from the Raincoats bassist is adventurous and collaborative and vibrant and furious.
Under The Radar

I Play My Bass Loud is a lot of fun to listen to. It’s heartfelt, naïve, and made with genuine love for the material, and while it may not be earth-shakingly great, you can’t help but get caught up in it.

Loud and Quiet
With weaving basslines, heavily processed vocals and dramatic, flavourful synths, the album takes us through a vivid political journey.

I like angry old people


gina birch is a punk veteran as a member of the raincoats, so it comes as a surprise to learn that this is her debut solo album even over 40 years after the raincoat's debut. now, if youre coming into this album with "lola"in mind, you might be severely disappointed with what you might get--it's immensely stylistically varied in a somewhat grating way, and her vocals are super rough, and how she slathers her voice in autotune every now and then becomes very odd. but there's a specific ... read more


Gina Birch - I Play My Bass Loud

Genre: Post Punk
Country: UK

Final Verdict: 62% (Good Album)
Yearly Ranking: 88th / 185

Highlight: I Will Never Wear Stillettos

Made me think of:
The Slits
Fiona Apple

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Added on: November 8, 2022