A Place I'll Always Go

Palehound - A Place I'll Always Go
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
2017 Ratings: #232 / 717
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Based on 23 ratings
June 16, 2017 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

85
The 405

A Place I'll Always Go is a bold milestone in Kempner's career, displaying her consistent growth as a songwriter. She channels her anti-folk temperament with quirky ambience. The constant criss-crossing between unexpected sounds eliminates the chances of Kempner sounding vulnerable - she leaves it all out before her, allowing no hidden weaknesses.

80
AllMusic

A Place I'll Always Go presents a more tonally subdued though no less inspired approach for Kempner's talents as she delivers a poignant set informed by the loss of her grandmother, the sudden death of a close friend, and the thrill of beginning a new relationship.

73
Pitchfork

Kempner’s project has matured in more ways than one as she’s bubbled up through Boston’s DIY scene. Dry Food was lo-fi and grungy, like it had a little dirt under its fingernails (in a great way); A Place I’ll Always Go is cleaner, the guitar crunch glinting and the production having room to twirl.

70
Under The Radar

There's a distinct '90s sound, a channelling of Pavement complete with head-swaying riffs going on here.

Rob_StA
66
Favorite Songs:
Carnations
Feeling Fruit
VinylHound83
78
Hunter's Gun - 7/10
Carnations - 10/10
Room - 9/10
If You Met Her - 8/10
Silver Toaster - 6/10
Turning 21 - 7/10
Flowing Over - 9/10
Backseat - 7/10
Feeling Fruit - 9/10
At Night I'm Alright With You - 6/10

Overall Rating: 78 out of 100 = 78%
69
To me, it's Palehound's guitar playing and riffs that make "A Place I'll Always Go" stand out from the endless procession of lo-fi Bandcamp-ish indie rock; nearly every track has excellent and engaging guitar work. The vocals don't always match this excitement; Ellen Kempner's gravelly, grungey alto is an exercise in restraint, but she sometimes sacrifices melodic hooks to achieve this restraint. The exceptions, such as "Flowing Over," are stellar.
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Track List

  1. Hunter's Gun
  2. Carnations
  3. Room
  4. If You Met Her
  5. Silver Toaster
  6. Turning 21
  7. Flowing Over
  8. Backseat
  9. Feeling Fruit
  10. At Night I'm Alright With You
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