Heads Up

Warpaint - Heads Up
Critic Score
Based on 28 reviews
2016 Ratings: #324 / 775
User Score
Based on 149 ratings
2016 Ratings: #430
September 23, 2016 / Release Date
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With Heads Up, Warpaint may have crafted their best album yet, one that adroitly harnesses and alchemizes genres, moods, and sounds to suit their many purposes.


The band sound rejuvenated on Heads Up, solidifying their place as one of the most cohesive and adventurous bands out there.

The Guardian

Many shades of grey and fragments of sound have gone into Heads Up, which is much greater than the sum of its parts.

The Line of Best Fit

The absolute pleasure of listening to the voices possessed within this band remains as staggering as ever. But it’s the canvas over which they are being pulled which has a new texture.

It’s symptomatic of the album as a whole – more adventurous and free-spirited than the ‘Warpaint’ of before, but retaining the laid-back DNA at their core. For once, Warpaint sound like they’re having fun – and it suits them.
This time, the fiery furnace powering their new record comes from slashing open every membrane; letting ideas wildly collide like supercharged, excitable atoms.

Though the fever-dream beauty of their previous album is missed sometimes, Warpaint sound so excited to be making music on Heads Up that the feeling can't help but be contagious.


The understated widescreen desolation of their eponymous second album marked a breakthrough for Warpaint, their artfully washed-out funk-punk making more sense than ever. The follow-up, Heads Up, balances that downbeat vibe with more upbeat, poppy elements, creating a tension that’s electric.

No Ripcord

Warpaint are at the very top of their game, showcasing a full understanding of their sound and the tools needed to get the best out of it.

Consequence of Sound

Heads Up is the sound of a fully confident and mature band that has no qualms challenging themselves.

Pretty Much Amazing

Heads Up is a strong, evocative record that solidifies Warpaint as one of the genre’s most creative and entertaining. Whatever that genre is, however, is still up for debate. With a delectable mix of R&B, hip-hop, rock, and pop, Warpaint remain satisfyingly undefinable.


‘Heads Up’ represents the next measured step in the band’s plans for eventual chart domination. It’s the kind of record that’ll make you reach for the hairbrush microphone and throw some seriously diva-like shapes at the bathroom mirror.

Loud and Quiet

Never before has the group’s vocal interplay sounded so lush, so implausibly otherworldly, while Stella Mozgawa’s beats have grown into combustible walls of polyrhythms, meaning that this is the Warpaint’s most danceable, most tactile record to date.

Drowned in Sound

Warpaint are nothing if not ambitious, which is doubly proved on Heads Up. Sometimes this makes for delicious moments ... But other times the band is operating in too many directions at once.

Rolling Stone

Their third full length brings out the inchoate danceability in their sound more than ever, steeped in the band's recent R&B and hip-hop listening.


Heads Up leans more heavily in a pop direction, veering ever closer to the tuneful but overly polite hum of acts like Coldplay.

The Skinny

The band deserves credit for expanding their sonic palette through synths, electronic drums and other production booth chicanery, and for exploring what they call a more “mature” Warpaint sound. Unfortunately, though, all this comes at the cost of believability, immediacy, and emotional depth.

Under The Radar

The things the band does right on this album make it worth checking out, but hopefully next time around Warpaint will be able to keep the songwriting as consistently great throughout as the beginning and ending songs.

The 405

Heads Up feels like an album bound to be forgotten.

Seriously having fun with this one, hook after hook
Favourite songs:
1. Above Control
2. White Out
3. New Song
4. By Your Side
5. Heads Up
I've always liked when along the discography of a band we can appreciate the evolution of the musicians. In Heads Up we find tremendously elaborated drums, bass lines that hold harmonically all the songs and that add to a lot of groove, guitars with dreamy sounds and perfectly harmonized voices in tunes with very interesting song structures.
The band moves away from the softness of their latest album and projects more energy than on any other previous release. In Heads Up Warpaint delivered a ... read more
1. Whiteout 0.70
2. By Your Side 0.50
3. New Song 0.80
4. The Stall 0.80
5. So Good 0.80
6. Don't Wanna 0.55
7. Don't Let Go 0.40
8. Dre 0.40
9. Heads Up 0.65
10. Above Control 0.55
11. Today Dear 0.55

Favorite songs: Whiteout • New Song • So Good • Heads Up
☆☆ ~ Regular album with an uninteresting, weak composition. I wasn't feel fully connected listening to it.
My review for everything those girls release should be: I wanna marry them all. Not only one, but all of them.

This follow up to their 2014's brilliant eponymous album had me worried when they release 'New Song'. I mean, who the fuck likes this song? But I was ultimately relieved when I got to listen to the rest of the album. Once again, these four genies will be in my Top 10 albums of the year and it's all thanks to the dark/dancy/sexy mood they create with keyboards, guitars, moans, screams, ... read more
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Added on: August 1, 2016