AOTY 2018

After the Party

The Menzingers - After the Party
Critic Score
Based on 15 reviews
2017 Ratings: #151 / 715
User Score
Based on 68 ratings
2017 Ratings: #310
February 3, 2017 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Sputnikmusic

Going from lyrics of “this is how I feel and it sucks,” to “this is how I felt, and I got through it,” coupled with the band’s most bright and catchy music to date, After The Party is not only the band’s strongest album lyrically, but their most upbeat, fun, and catchy record yet.

90
The Line of Best Fit

Embodying the moment after a trip down memory lane, with flashbacks still fresh in the mind and a keenly felt anticipation for the future in the air, After The Party showcases the band at their boldest and brightest yet.

90
Exclaim!
In broad strokes, this is an album about what happens when life becomes less fun and more real. It's about the people and places that make us who we are, the things that make us unique and the things that bring us together. It's about the things that make us happy despite everything else, the things that fade and the things that last forever.
90
Drowned in Sound

Previous records from The Menzingers have been albums to lose yourself in, but this time the stakes are different. After the Party isn’t an album about finding yourself, it’s an album about building yourself piece by piece, stitching up your tattered soul with creativity and love.

84
GIGsoup

Getting older doesn’t need to mean becoming boring and life-less. The Menzingers are certainly helping to breathe life into that notion – ‘After The Party’ strikes a chord or three with the twenty-somethings and thirty-year olds of this world by making you want to grab a beer, gather some old friends and remember the good times whilst knowing the party is not quite over yet.

80
AllMusic

Sure, they're not breaking the mold, but with After the Party, they manage to toe the line between subtlety and vigor, aging into their next phase with another solid release.

80
PopMatters

Despite its rather misleading title After the Party is an upbeat and surefooted album. It is a stark reflection on getting older but maintains a youthful, sometimes mischievous spirit.

80
Clash
Neither an ode to hedonism nor a bitter retrospective, it’s an accurate reflection of where exactly the band, and their audience, are at in their lives.
80
The 405

After The Party is resurgent by rediscovering everything that’s exciting about The Menzingers’ esotericism, and it’s fresh through galvanising this logical step in their thematic journey with a goodie-bag of gratifying surprises.

80
Alternative Press

After The Party stacks up with the Menzingers’ best material.

65
Pitchfork

If there’s any doubt about what After the Party is getting at, the very first chorus rants “Where we gonna go now that our 20s are over?” 

60
No Ripcord

Ultimately, it’s disappointing to see how The Menzingers are continuing an unremarkable plan of action when they should be challenging themselves even further. It sounds like they have a formula they've perfected with foolproof durability.

50
A.V. Club

Part of the problem with After The Party is that, unlike the records preceding it, it comes off as The Menzingers settling comfortably into a sound.

70
▲ = Thick as Thieves, Charlie's Army, Your Wild Years
▬ = Tellin' Lies, Lookers, Boy Blue, Bad Catholics, After The Party
▼ = Midwestern States, House on Fire, Black Mass, The Bars, Livin' Ain't Easy
Music_Observer
65
The only thing that The Menzingers got consistently right on this album were strong melodic lines, and the overall song structures and presentations were too clean and careful for their goals, catering only to refined pop-punk lovers. My Score: 117/180 (Good) = 65/100
Rob_StA
93
Favorite Tracks:
*Black Mass
*Your Wild Years
*After The Party
*Livin' Ain't Easy
89
After the Party is an aptly named title of an existential album of entering a new phase of adulthood: the 30s. It's an awkward phase of feeling a need to settle and losing grasp of your peak. It's a hangover of an album for a hangover in life.

Favorite tracks: Tellin' Lies, Thick as Thieves, Lookers, Midwestern States, Black Mass, Bad Catholics, After the Party, Livin' Aint Easy
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Track List

  1. Tellin' Lies
  2. Thick as Thieves
  3. Lookers
  4. Midwestern States
  5. Charlie's Army
  6. House on Fire
  7. Black Mass
  8. Boy Blue
  9. Bad Catholics
  10. Your Wild Years
  11. The Bars
  12. After the Party
  13. Livin' Ain't Easy
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