Alex G - Rocket
Critic Score
Based on 25 reviews
2017 Ratings: #287 / 883
Year End Rank: #50
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Based on 373 ratings
2017 Ratings: #128
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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.

In 2015, Alex G created the buzz with his album "Beach Music". The young musician from Philadelphia who was raised on Pavement, Elliott Smith and Dinosaur Jr.'s records, see his reputation exceeded Bandcamp's limits, and, in 2016, Frank Ocean asked him to play guitar on his albums "Endless" and "Blond(e)". Now, the young man we name (Sandy) Alex G has gone from unknown songwriter of the Internet to the new savior of American indie rock (sorry Will Toledo ...) and ... read more
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A while ago, I sojourned far enough from the city where I could see it from miles away as if they were part of the horizon. I thought that feelings could change when I left home, but everything was at a standstill. The location didn't matter because I would carry these feelings wherever I went but at least I could have a distraction from the oppressive walls that I have built around my head. I had a thought that maybe a slight change in my life could fix my ... read more
there is something about this album, I'm not sure just what it is, that I am infatuated with.
rocket was a wild ride to listen to, especially since it takes so many different forms that it's hard to tell what's truly rocket and what's an imposter of its sound. regardless, i really enjoyed everything it had to offer, especially since the other genres explored still had alex g's indie folk base, keeping the album together in places where maybe it would have been iffy. "proud," "witch," "brick," and "guilty" are the highlights, and they fittingly ... read more
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Added on: March 2, 2017