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Privilege (Abridged)

Parenthetical Girls - Privilege (Abridged)
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February 14, 2013 / Release Date
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Slender Means Society / Label
Indie Pop / Genres
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Privilege (Abridged) takes on immediately recognizable appearances, but Pennington doesn’t just walk through each number; he partners with them, parading the words and music in and out of dynamic perspective. 

The 405

There's not a bad song on this album, although people will naturally have their own favourites.


This microcosm of recent releases forms a convincing narrative.


While this album could be their best hope of finding a wider audience, for anyone who comes to appreciate the grace and dignity in Pennington’s words it will always sound like a very personal performance.


Privilege is an assured, musically accomplished work, but all the aesthetic homework Pennington’s done to refine his persona is still visible, pointing directly back to the influences and forebears he’s inspired by.

Consequence of Sound

Parenthetical Girls’ knack for taking countless varieties of popular music and refashioning them into imaginative new works of art is refreshing and enviable.


As a collection, it’s hard to take in Privilege (Abridged) as the best of a larger collection; it’s like listening to an off-kilter best-of record with a theme masked and bound to it. 

Drowned in Sound

Your enjoyment of this record will rest on your tolerance for pop music as self-aware art project.

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Track List

  1. Evelyn McHale 
  2. The Common Touch
  3. Careful Who You Dance With 
  4. For All The Final Girls
  5. The Pornographer
  6. Sympathy For Spastics
  7. Weaknesses 
  8. A Note To Self 
  9. Young Throats 
  10. On Death & Endearments 
  11. The Privilege 
  12. Curtains 
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Added on: March 7, 2013