Pageant

PWR BTTM - Pageant
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
2017 Ratings: #73 / 766
User Score
Based on 66 ratings
2017 Ratings: #762
May 12, 2017 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

91
A.V. Club

On its sophomore album, PWR BTTM further expands its sound, incorporating horns, strings, acoustic guitars, and additional vocals for a record that recalls some of the best indie rock of the past 15 years.

86
Paste

What the world needs now, more than ever, is an album as valiant and compassionate, satirical and sensitive as Pageant.

83
Consequence of Sound

From beginning to end, Pageant is full of pure pop-punk that balances sharp and political observations about our binary, patriarchal culture with open, honest personal memoir, utilizing the tools and voice of a genre that has always stood for alienated, outspoken outsiders to create an album that is beautifully specific to the queer experience.

80
The Skinny

If Ugly Cherries was PWR BTTM’s fun-loving, footloose and fancy-free effort then Pageant is their moment to be recognised as serious musicians, who have much more to talk about than just wanting a boy to keep the bed warm during numerous different situations. That’s all part of their charm, of course, but second albums are about progression and on Pageant, progress they certainly have.

80
NME
The duo use fun to become fearless, combating fear with every ounce of inner strength they can find. ‘Pageant’ is the sound of a band truly hitting their stride.
80
PopMatters

The songs on Pageant are immediately catchy on first listen, but they have a melodic, lyrical, and instrumental power that will make them evergreen for years to come.

80
Rolling Stone

A glammy punk duo from upstate New York, Pwr Bttm mix Bowie-esque gender/genre subversion with wild-hearted vulnerability.

80
The Guardian

The New York duo deviate from the glam template in tone – instead of arch, attention-grabbing camp, their flamboyance is simply a symptom of their earnest self-expression.

70
AllMusic

The last thing PWR BTTM are ready to do is mope; instead they've chosen to create a record that feels defiantly optimistic and celebratory.

Aoaystheory
NR
There has been some pretty serious allegations directed at PWR BTTM, in light of that, I"m removing my score until things get sorted out. But it doesn't look great.
Bjartolini
NR
WE WERE ROOTING FOR YOU WE WERE ALL ROOTING FOR YOU!!!!
exception
76
EDIT: I hate to say this, but i think this is gonna be the last we'll hear from PWR BTTM. These sexual assault events aren't looking so pretty, and shit is really starting to go down. It's a shame, because this is a legitimately great album, and I refuse to retract that statement. But the band turned out to be a couple of douches that ended up being total hypocrites.

PWR BTTM's Ugly Cherries, from 2015, was a breath of fresh air. The band gave a change of pace with brash and unorthodox ... read more
MySoftBulletin
NR
do i...do i listen..?
MarkCooper
33
Not taking anything into account but the music.

This is not good.
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Track List

  1. Silly
  2. Answer My Text
  3. Lol
  4. Won't
  5. Now Now
  6. Sissy
  7. Pageant
  8. Oh, Boy
  9. New Trick
  10. Wash
  11. Kids' Table
  12. Big Beautiful Day
  13. Styrofoam
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Added on: February 14, 2017