AOTY 2018
(Sandy) Alex G - Rocket
Critic Score
Based on 23 reviews
2017 Ratings: #264 / 715
User Score
Based on 250 ratings
2017 Ratings: #100
May 19, 2017 / Release Date
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Domino / Label
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Rocket is a true tour de force that cements (Sandy) Alex G snugly in the company of indie rock's great auteurs.

No Ripcord

It’s beautifully conflicted and human, and does provide a unique and unforgettable experience that will continue to charm with its paradoxical qualities for years to come.

He’s as interested in misshaping a great song as he is perfecting it. Most of the truly great ones have that quality. (Sandy) Alex G seems headed that way.
‘Rocket’ represents quite a significant step forward for Giannascoli as he continues to experiment with new production techniques and instrumentation on his most introspective and thought provoking album yet.

The Philadelphia musician has made a meticulously filtered and distorted document of indie rock. Though it’s his most accessible, his best traits remain his obtuse storytelling and oddly-shaped songs.

Consequence of Sound

As inscrutable as it can be at times, Giannascoli never betrays his purpose, making Rocket his most developed and accomplished album yet.

A.V. Club

Even though Rocket sometimes feels messy, only a songwriter as prolific and uninhibited as Giannascoli can make the chaos this thrilling and affecting.

The Line of Best Fit

At first listen, Rocket maintains Giannascoli’s strong presence that we’ve seen on previous albums, however, the album deserves an astute ear in order to unearth the full complexity of emotions of all the collaborators involved.


It all contributes to a recognizable sound that, despite having more players involved, sounds like (Sandy) Alex G in the way that one of his primary influences, Elliott Smith, always sounded like himself.


Slowing down and refining his output has allowed Alex the time to make ‘Rocket’ a brilliantly considered next step. It’s also his catchiest record yet.

This is perhaps the most diverse album of his career to date, which, considering his previous releases, is saying something.
The Guardian

It is at times unpleasant, but Rocket has no ambitions to score a dinner party. The frantic interchanging of emotions – like the internal monologue of someone with a hellish hangover at ATP in 2009 – is a challenging, ambitious progression.

Under The Radar
It's unpolished and emotionally brave, in touch and free as the wind. It's really something.
It may be tongue-in-cheek, but the self-made Bandcamp veteran has indeed grown to be somewhat of a big fish in the small pond of indie rock, and ‘Rocket’ is beyond doubt the new crown jewel of his already sizable catalogue.
Crack Magazine

If DSU was the bedroom classic, then Rocket is the record for which Alex Giannascoli came outside to enjoy his time under the sun.

The 405
It’s a step that highlights his growth as a producer, his creativity as a songwriter, and his ear as an arranger, even if these elements don’t always come together to produce a cohesive listening experience.

On Rocket, Alex G proves that he is a very talented artist whose strength lies in his understanding of character.

Northern Transmissions

While virtually overloaded with talent and ideas, the major failing of Rocket is its lack of control or focused creativity. For every interesting moment there’s a derivative song structure and quirky progression with bland instrumentation.

Loud and Quiet

(Sandy) Alex G still sounds like he’s refining a sound of his own on ‘Rocket’, but hearing him do it in real-time is still a thrill.

The Needle Drop

With Rocket, Philly singer-songwriter Alex G delivers an album that's a bit more adventurous than his previous effort, but also a lot more inconsistent.

The Observer

Not even the scattershot approach to genre, wherein delicately plucked instrumental Rocket sits alongside the uncompromising hardcore punk stylings of Brick and the pitch-shifted soft-rock of Sportstar, can rescue an album that ultimately sounds curiously disengaged.

Yeaaa I love this, some really likeable and dynamic folk/indie rock music on this album in my opinion. I think instrumentally it's front to back really pleasant and well composed, I like how lyrically personal it occasionally gets on tracks like Powerful Man and Proud. I think it also has a good sense of playfulness and fun too, it isn't afraid to take risks and surprise the listener occasionally as well. It can be a little uneventful at times and his vocals aren't always the most satisfying to ... read more
This is Alex g most diverse and experimental album to date on his discography. I've known this artist for a while now through his output of bandcamp releases and lately being acknowledge for his work of such acts like Frank Ocean. His latest album "Rocket" takes you onto a weird venture of indie folk and rock music. The mid half of the album is where Alex g take a more experimental detour for such tracks as witch, horse and brick. To which, you can see a influence of one of my ... read more
Bedroom lo-fi dream pop artist Alex Giannascoli (a.K.a. Alex G, a.K.a. Sandy) has been boosting his audience for a little while now, especially since his countless independent bandcamp releases propelled his musical career to new heights, not too long ago. His strange, unique drops of indie-folk/indie-rock/dream-pop/garage-rock are surely not to be taken lightly, and, with his latest releases, the young Philadelphia-based singer/songwriter has proved that there is still room for ... read more
there is something about this album, I'm not sure just what it is, that I am infatuated with.
Overrated and not the 2nd coming of folk-Jesus all these reviews claim.
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Track List

  1. Poison Root
  2. Proud
  3. County
  4. Bobby
  5. Witch
  6. Horse
  7. Brick
  8. Sportstar
  9. Judge
  10. Rocket
  11. Powerful Man
  12. Alina
  13. Big Fish
  14. Guilty
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Added on: March 2, 2017