Swear I'm Good At This

Diet Cig - Swear I'm Good At This
Critic Score
Based on 17 reviews
2017 Ratings: #113 / 725
User Score
Based on 77 ratings
2017 Ratings: #528
April 7, 2017 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

85
The Line of Best Fit

They’re the kind of band that use their platform to speak out and to give voices to the voiceless. They’re the kind of band that are a riot both on and off stage. They’re the kind of band we need right now and Swear I’m Good At This is their rallying cry.

85
The 405

Swear I’m Good At This evinces they’ve got riffs and choruses for days.

85
Northern Transmissions

Fusing pop into their rock, to make songs that are way more intricate, layered and thought out than they first appear, it’s a record that will beg for repeat listens.

84
Paste

Swear I’m Good At This is the now-21-year-old’s coming-of-age story, and it’s an engaging one, full of awkward moments, breaking hearts, insecurity and a discovery of power.

83
A.V. Club

Diet Cig’s musical pleasures look backward to a previous century, but the power of these pop tunes is timeless.

80
The Skinny

The record successfully transfers all the eagerness of their energetic live shows to portray punk with unusual tenderness.

80
Exclaim!

Swear I'm Good at This is an assured debut with a unique voice, one that finds humour in catharsis and catharsis in humour.

80
AllMusic

The snappy running time of Swear I'm Good at This means all 12 tracks breeze past in an instant, as if you're sprinting straight through the emotional core of vocalist Alex Luciano, grinning maniacally as you run.

80
Drowned in Sound

This brilliant debut sees Diet Cig establishing a complex, nuanced voice with a subtle uniqueness, a fierce emotionality and a great sense of fun.

80
Rolling Stone

The New York boy/girl duo specialize in lovesick fuzz-pop on their fantastic debut album Swear I'm Good At This.

80
DIY

Packed with wit, super-sharp song-writing, and charged with Diet Cig’s now-distinctive personality, ‘Swear I’m Good At This’ should probably be called ‘Swear I’m Fucking Ace At This’ instead for higher accuracy levels.

80
God Is in the TV

Swear I’m Good At This is brash, it’s occasionally corny but at its core the album represents all the pent-up emotions we’ve all felt at some point in our lives.

70
Loud and Quiet

Largely, ‘I Swear I’m Good At This’ is a bold debut that triumphs in its brave and confrontational lyricism.

70
Under The Radar

Diet Cig's album is more like a collection of the hastily written notes littered around your room. The papers are crumpled, one is an old receipt, and some have old food stuck to them but every word that has been written down is straight from Luciano's messy but assured heart.

51
Pitchfork

On their debut LP, the eager duo fumbles that which makes indie pop so meaningful. It becomes a lively collection of empty gestures.

VinylHound83
83
Sixteen - 10/10
Bite Back - 7/10
Link in Bio - 8/10
Maid of the Mist - 9/10
Leo - 8/10
Apricots - 8/10
Barf Day - 10/10
Bath Bomb - 7/10
Blob Zombie - 8/10
Road Trip - 7/10
I Don't Know Her - 10/10
Tummy Ache - 7/10

OVerall Rating: 99 out of 120 = 83%
PipePanic
60
Eh, it's fine. Sweet, energetic, snarky and full of charm, this album is a short but sweet distorted punch of diabetes with a almost Bjork-sounding vocalist (while not as develped or as heavenly). With a splash of synth, the music is pop punk candy, giant distorted guitars and tight drumming, with interesting and powerful lyrical content. But, it's not the most memorable thing in the world. There are some tracks that feel like they were half baked or not finished. I've heard several bands who ... read more
marcopive
45
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69
Diet Cig have found a compelling sound that's distinctive in pairing the powerful but nuanced voice of Alex Luciano with noisy, punky indie pop arrangements. And for an album of such straightforward-sounding music, there's a nice grab bag of lyrical quotes -- the intro monologue of "Sixteen" is hilarious, for instance. The songs sound awfully similar to one another, and the album as a whole is a bit one-note -- even though they're short, 12 songs in a row causes the shtick to wear a ... read more
85
Fun, emotionally available pop-punk in an easy-to-digest package, which gets more and more rewarding with each additional listen.
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Track List

  1. Sixteen
  2. Bite Back
  3. Link in Bio
  4. Maid of the Mist
  5. Leo
  6. Apricots
  7. Barf Day
  8. Bath Bomb
  9. Blob Zombie
  10. Road Trip
  11. I Don't Know Her
  12. Tummy Ache
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