AOTY 2019

Somersault

Beach Fossils - Somersault
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
2017 Ratings: #330 / 725
User Score
Based on 189 ratings
2017 Ratings: #228
June 2, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
Bayonet / Label
Indie Pop, Dream Pop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
The Line of Best Fit

Overall, the most amazing aspect about Somersault is that it still has that bedroom-composed feel. While Payseur has matured dramatically over the last decade, he still manages to consistently produce records that reflect his roots.

83
A.V. Club

The results are gorgeous, propelling Beach Fossils into new and ornate sonic territory.

80
The Skinny

Somersault takes a bolder leap forward, taking tropes and palettes from 60s pop, grunge, and even country, and making bold play with strings and horns, piano and harpsichord, surprising effects, freer guitar and more assertive bass.

80
AllMusic
Anyone who thought maybe the band's moment had passed will be pleasantly surprised to hear that Beach Fossils are back and better than ever.
80
Exclaim!

Where Clash the Truth seemed to hint at great potential for the band's growth, Somersault delivers thanks to more confident songwriting and a greater desire to move forward.

80
DIY

‘Somersault’ raises the bar on 2013’s ‘Clash The Truth’.

78
Paste

Thanks to a rich sonic palette and more dynamic songwriting, they’ve turned in their best collection of jangly indie rock songs so far.

75
The 405
This is the most inspired Beach Fossils album yet, in that every song, successful or not, has its own mind and couldn’t be mistaken for another.
73
Pitchfork

Somersault is an acrobatic leap for Beach Fossils.

70
GIGsoup
Even with beefed-up instrumentals, Beach Fossils still has yet to find their own identifiable sound.
70
Crack Magazine
There’s the occasional misstep ... but this is comfortably the best Beach Fossils effort to date, preserving the melodic outlook that they made their name with and embellishing it with a few fresh ideas.
70
Under The Radar
Beach Fossils are best when they stick with what they know, which is why tracks such as "May 1st" and "Be Nothing," with their spangly guitar lines and easygoing lilt, remain high-points on this laid-back summer record.
69
Northern Transmissions

Compared to Clash the Truth, which saw the band at perhaps its most moody and musically inventive, Somersault frequently feels like outtakes from the Beach Fossil’s first album — a regression to simpler songwriting rather than an identifiable step forward.

50
The Needle Drop

I can still commend the band for not shamelessly trend-chasing like many of their dreamy, jangly contemporaries, but unfortunately the pastiche of '60s pop sounds they serve up here isn't enough to distract from some pretty bland songwriting.

willcurtis101
80
very enjoyable. Very. It has this really old time, throw back sound I really love.

Fav Track: Saint Ivy( I love the flute and guitar, it reminds me of a Beatles song)

Least Fav: Closer Everywhere
sanfordfriedman
70
a lot of really catchy, well-written dream pop songs.
fav tracks: this year, tangerine
holsgr
57
( ☆☆½ ) ambivalent, i don't feel fully connected with it
ZoilPlaylist
90
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CheapandLethal
70
Worth a listen
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Track List

  1. This Year
  2. Tangerine
  3. Saint Ivy
  4. May 1st
  5. Rise
  6. Sugar
  7. Closer Everywhere
  8. Social Jetlag
  9. Down the Line
  10. Be Nothing
  11. That’s All for Now
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