SPRINTS - Letter To Self
Critic Score
Based on 19 reviews
2024 Ratings: #12 / 105
User Score
Based on 886 ratings
2024 Rank: #112
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Dork
It’s a record to which many listeners will be able to relate their own experiences to and find community in the catharsis it creates, as well as having a hell of a good time jumping to it in a mosh pit. A truly remarkable debut.
100
NME
This memorable and arrestingly bleak debut LP feels like a loud announcement of a striking new band.
90
PopMatters
Sprints’ lyrics are sharp and direct and their musicianship provides tension and release across all 11 songs, which have a hooky rawness that is addictive.
90
God Is in the TV
Have we had the best album of 2024 within five days of its beginning? Quite possibly. Note to self: go and see Sprints as soon as possible.
90
Clash
With ‘Letter To Self’ Sprints have produced an album brutally honest and personal. They have not been afraid to express the feeling of being an outsider, of looking for validation, of attempting to overcome self-doubt.
87
Northern Transmissions
Their debut album may spend much of its runtime navigating darkness, but its relatable lyricism, towering hooks and unshakeable sense of perseverance help to light the way. Good for up and comers? Good full stop—great, even. SPRINTS have arrived and woe betide anyone who stands in their way.
80
The Line of Best Fit

With the EPs and singles they’ve released to date, Sprints have already amassed an impressive live following, and Letter To Self feels like the kind of showpiece debut release that could put them over the edge. It’s a thumping statement that can challenge and charm in equal measure.

80
Loud and Quiet
Tracks like ‘Shaking their Hands’, the already-released ‘Adore, Adore, Adore’ and ‘Can’t Get Enough Of It’ flaunt a slick culmination of skilled musicianship that leaves us with an unaffected and exhilarating debut album.
80
Under the Radar
These guys have toured their asses off since forming in 2019 with songs that are completely relatable to what many of the younger generation have experienced on a mental level in these tumultuous times. It is a blisteringly fierce debut.
80
Uncut

Sprints' debut delivers on thrilling live shows, with singer, guitarist and songwriter Karla Chubb providing a visceral fury, not least on the furious "Adore Adore Adore", unheard since their label released Hole's Pretty On The Inside.

80
Mojo
From Ireland's proliferating alt-guitar pack, these intense runners could go the distance.
80
Classic Rock
With a blazing post-punk assault intensified by edgy dynamism, tangible anxiety and raw emotion, Dublin’s Sprints (specifically exquisitely anguished charisma-bomb front-emoter Karla Chubb) are so engaging, you might even forget your phone for 40 minutes.
80
The Irish Times
Five days into 2024 and already the cobwebs have been blown away.
78
Spectrum Culture
With such a strong point of view, the debut album by Sprints is bound to get the respect of any naysayer who would initially dismiss them as just another post-punk band.
76
Sputnikmusic

If new music is enough to contribute to that little catharsis, then Letter to Self is undoubtedly a pretty good option to start off this new chapter, and for Sprints it may be even the beginning of something truly special.

74
Beats Per Minute
Sprints join their cohorts in a perilous yet fertile exploration of existential dissonance, striving for and often achieving an urgency and vision strikingly their own.
71
Pitchfork
On its debut album, the Dublin-based post-punk band channels rage into communal uplift.
60
Record Collector
At their best when the music fires along to match Chubb’s lyrical catharsis, Sprints occasionally falter when the pace drops: even Chubb sounds anonymous among Literary Mind’s more considered atmospherics, while Shadow Of A Doubt promises to build to a crescendo that never quite arrives.
Chode
60

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surlace
40

i think it would be an impressive feat if someone were to put out a post-punk record in 2024 that's more insufferably boring than this one.

AllChup
100

The Dublin-based band opens the doors to the lair of sophisticated Irish post-punk, joining the venerable - The Murder Capital, Just Mustard, Fontaines D.C.
© 2024

abesster
80

Sprints' debut album "Letter to Self" is a whirlwind of raw energy and unflinching honesty. Karla Chubb's fierce vocals cut through the band's blistering post-punk instrumentation, tackling themes of self-doubt, societal pressures, and finding your own voice amidst the chaos. "Letter to Self" is a thrilling, no-holds-barred introduction to one of the UK's most exciting new bands.

N_C_R
74

A pretty good debut lp that although it has a few weak spots, when it kicks ass, it kicks ASS!!!!

Queen_Ale
82

This was a pretty decent listen, I liked the constant use of anaphora in the writing, it has some pretty depressing and chaotic lyrics that are emphasized through it, and further amplified by Karla's dynamic or often manic vocals. The production and instrumentation are all pretty good throughout, though there weren't many tracks that stuck with me too much, the ones that did had the most memorable hooks, due to their melodies and repetition most often, particularly Heavy, Cathedral, Literary ... read more

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Track List

1Ticking
3:06
69
2Heavy
3:27
71
3Cathedral
2:59
72
4Shaking Their Hands
3:42
74
5Adore Adore Adore
2:37
68
6Shadow of a Doubt
4:10
74
7Can't Get Enough of It
4:19
64
8Literary Mind
4:32
71
9A Wreck (A Mess)
3:36
68
10Up and Comer
3:46
68
11Letter to Self
3:20
69
Total Length: 39 minutes
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Added on: September 5, 2023