Ratboys - GN
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
2017 Ratings: #490 / 876
User Score
Based on 24 ratings
June 30, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
Topshelf / Label
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A.V. Club

With this new record, Steiner and her bandmates have grown into a more confident beast, one that seeks and achieves if not greatness, then something awfully close.


Inventive, rough-edged, and darkly witty at times, their second record is thoughtful, tender, and incisive at every turn.

The group builds upon their 2015 debut (‘AOID’) with superior lyricism and additional musical textures while presenting a delectable “more-country-than-country” sound.
Northern Transmissions

Ratboys may have created an album that’s a true depiction of life; it’s slightly bruised and vulnerable but open to love and compassion.


The Chicago-based group's sophomore album is an exercise in intimate storytelling, dabbling in both whimsical and sombre themes.

Under The Radar

An angsty slice of indie-rock that nods knowingly to the levity of misadventure.


Short for "good night," GN is hardly bedside reading material, full of tales of life trials, some personal, some harrowing, some both. Its musical warmth and unassuming tone, though, may be just the thing for those seeking a melodious, soft-focus diversion.

A deceptively original album that rarely rises far above a whisper but hits hard nonetheless, Ratboys’ “GN” is one of the better sleeper albums of 2017, not flashy in any way but always rewarding when I visit it. Ratboys’ baseline is a jangly bedroom indie pop style, but they stand out by demonstrating that they need not stick to this well-trodden palette to maintain intimacy. The arrangements incorporate a country-esque steel guitar and some chamber pop-inflected horns, ... read more
Molly - 10/10
Elvis Is in the Freezer - 9/10
Westside - 8/10
Control - 10/10
Crying About the Planets - 8/10
Dangerous Visions - 7/10
Wandered - 8/10
GM - 8/10
The Record - 8/10
Peter the Wild Boy - 9/10

Overall Score: 85 out of 100 = 85%

Overall Opinion: So I rated this a 74 after my first listen. I did my due diligence and returned to the album 3-5 more times and I take back MOST of what I said about it. I stated that the B side was completely forgettable. While that isn't a longshot ... read more
É bom, mas nada me chamou muito atenção. Gosto do trabalho das guitarras, compõem boas harmonias e interagem bem, e a produção faz um bom trabalho em balancear com a leveza dos vocais. Tbm é legal a atmosfera leve que este disco tem, as letras bem despretenciosas, com tiradas bem cotidianas e com bom humor também. E dá pra ver que a banda está crescendo, se sente mais confiante e mais madura, pela própria ... read more
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Track List

  1. Molly
  2. Elvis Is in the Freezer
  3. Westside
  4. Control
  5. Crying About the Planets
  6. Dangerous Visions
  7. Wandered
  8. GM
  9. The Record
  10. Peter the Wild Boy
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Added on: April 13, 2017