I Used to Spend So Much Time Alone

Chastity Belt - I Used to Spend So Much Time Alone
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
2017 Ratings: #348 / 725
User Score
Based on 78 ratings
2017 Ratings: #269
June 2, 2017 / Release Date
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Drowned in Sound

I Used to Spend So Much Time Alone is pretty in its sonic gloominess and witty in the way that it wears its anxieties on its sleeve, but what makes it special is the way that all of that is grounded by the sturdiest of anchors - the quiet optimism that friendship inspires.

Loud and Quiet
Here, Chastity Belt prove that pop music can have substance.
The 405
Though it can eventually make for numerous and intricate readings both technically and conceptually, it's the album's undeniable quality that emerges as solid and everlasting, embodying a timelessness very rarely found.
Northern Transmissions
Hitting their third album Chastity Belt is truly making something that doesn’t only sound consistent, but sounds ambitious. Their voice truly comes through making their sombre and more energetic moments equally authentic and their ability to push themselves without losing themselves makes this a record that will turn heads.
‘I Used To Spend So Much Time Alone’ isn’t as callow as previous Chastity Belt records, and intentionally so, fully digging up the sadness that always lay ever-dormant beneath their tinny-swigging chaos, and leaving behind biting mockery for something that feels vaguer, and also more universal
A continuation of Chastity Belt’s previous explorations of young womanhood, their latest effort provides a seething, uncensored view of an existential, quarter-life crisis.

The playful sexual politics and tongue-in-cheek jangle-pop that marked Seattle’s Chastity Belt had has been rendered effectively mute on the band’s third album, I Used to Spend So Much Time Alone.

Under The Radar
Shapiro's wry humor and deadpan delivery carry the introspective lyrics without undercutting them, but LP3 for the Seattle band does take a darker tone than the previous two.
A.V. Club

I Used To Spend So Much Time Alone is largely devoid of lighthearted asides, instead dwelling on indecision, self-doubt, and figuring out what you really want out of life and relationships. It’s a markedly more serious record, though still a relatable one.

The album sheds Chastity Belt’s former tongue-in-cheek bubbliness for the kind of world-weariness that only sets in with time and only time can ease.

I Used to Spend So Much Time Alone is an accurate depiction of the lull and forced introspection that follows the second adolescence that is early adult independence; new desires emerge, and on this record, it seems that Chastity Belt wish to be taken more seriously — both by themselves and others.

Crack Magazine
It’s by far their most serious album to date.
If Chastity Belt are a different band on their third album, they're still strong, passionate, and compelling, and this music engages the listener with its intelligence, honesty, and lean but muscular sound.
The Skinny
This release marks a new sense of sincerity and authenticity for the band and the thematic issues which the lyrics raise are vocalised in a wonderfully relatable manner, free of any flounce or artifice. However, without humour the album feels a bit flat and even overly morose.
Having delivered two accomplished efforts in a row before this, Chastity Belt looked likely to push on to fresher, more innovative pastures. Instead, ‘I Used To Spend So Much Time Alone’ sees the Seattle group recede deeper into their comfort zone with a batch of tracks that are lukewarm at best.
No Ripcord

On I Used To…, Chastity Belt lose some of their past work’s more tunefully intricate contours in favor of a more streamlined approach that weakens their innate potency.

Exceptionally cathartic, Chastity Belt's third album is easily their best. The girls find the perfect rock sensibility and the music is emotionally resonant. While the lyrics are quite heavy, the vocals have enough energy to keep the album from feeling too dour and heavy. While indie-rock is one of the most saturated genres at the moment, Chastity Belt's simplistic writing style and personal lyrics feel special to me. I like the way they rock, the guitars on this album are particularly dreamy. ... read more
Chastity Belt’s most serious album eschews songs with titles like “Cool Slut,” and instead opens with a suggestion to “figure out your life”; given the subsequent soul-searching and quarter life crises detailed on “I Used to …” it seems possible that frontwoman Julia Shapiro is singing as much to herself as she is to us. But just because this is Chastity Belt’s grown-up album doesn’t make it any less fun. The band excels in writing ... read more
Otro disco que pasa por mis tímpanos y que no me produce demasiada sorpresa. (Y eso que escuché este disco una buena cantidad de veces) Pero bueno, en gustos no hay nada escrito, y en mi opinión, simplemente diré que este disco pasa casi desapercibido, sin pena ni gloria. ¿Lograrán las Chastity Belt cambiar mi percepción en un par de años? Ya lo veremos.

Canciones Favoritas: Different Now, It's Obvious, What the Hell.
O que brilha realmente neste segundo álbum são as camadas de sentimentalismo, nostalgia e autenticidade que apresenta. A única grande falha é mesmo o empenho que banda não coloca à sonoridade e aos ritmos - o que acaba por se tornar, por vezes, em algo repetitivo e maçador.

Melhores músicas: Different Now, Complain, What The Hell
Youthful angst and quarter-life anxiety highlight Seattle-based indie-rock band Chastity Belt's third full-lenght LP, I Used to Spend So Much Time Alone, a beautiful, memorable effort that extends the band's winning streak even farther, while offering this really charming dream/jangly-pop influenced sound. While Chastity Belt got well-known for their sexually-poignant antics on previous releases, this album finds them looking for a much gloomier, melancholic direction, with guitarist/vocalist ... read more
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Track List

  1. Different Now
  2. Caught in a Lie
  3. This Time of Night
  4. Stuck
  5. Complain
  6. It's Obvious
  7. What the Hell
  8. Something Else
  9. Used to Spend
  10. 5am
  11. Don't Worry
  12. Bender
  13. I'm Fine
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