Earl Grey

Girl Ray - Earl Grey
Critic Score
Based on 11 reviews
2017 Ratings: #125 / 719
User Score
Based on 41 ratings
2017 Ratings: #345
August 4, 2017 / Release Date
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Moshi Moshi / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
AllMusic
That is a lot of praise to dole out to such a young band, but the trio definitely earn it by releasing the kind of musically rich and emotionally powerful debut that feels timeless and stands far enough apart from the rest of the music scene surrounding it that it feels like a cleansing blast of fresh air.
83
GIGsoup

Tightly written and nuanced, Girl Ray's debut is one crafted with a maturity rarely found on first outings.

80
The Line of Best Fit

Earl Grey’s range is ambitious, and it's executed with a gratifying versatility that lets it hold its head high when nodding to 60s psychedelic pop, 90s Britpop and sweaty pub indie.

80
Loud and Quiet

The way in which the Brighton-based trio have taken their cues from their favourite records feels genuinely fresh. Perhaps even vital.

80
Drowned in Sound

Earl Grey works so well because the three women at its heart have uniqueness as players and chemistry as a band, and it’s rare to get both.

80
The Guardian

Earl Grey may not be enough of a hit parade for this precocious outfit to break through, but Girl Ray are certainly ones to watch.

80
The 405

Earl Grey is a strikingly mature and confident debut album, which acknowledges and consolidates Girl Ray’s influences in a way that doesn’t obscure their own puckish style.

80
The Skinny

Earl Grey delivers eleven thoughtful, quirky tracks which deserve to be listened to again and again.

70
No Ripcord
There are areas of the record where moments become a bit looser and less infectious, but generally this is a strong debut.
65
Under The Radar

In the end it makes for easy, ever so plaintive, and often breezy listening. Girl Ray manage to go in one ear comfortably, and the out the other a little too quickly.

58
boring - should've put trouble on the album - the other tracks just sound like worse versions of it
abdcorner
NR
This is a nice record. Nothing terribly egregious about this record but it does run long and the title track doesn't make sense in terms of placement and its overall importance. Still like the record though.
VinylHound83
70
Just Like That - 8/10
Monday Tuesday - 8/10
Stupid Things - 7/10
Don't Go Back at Ten - 7/10
Cutting Shapes - 7/10
Preacher - 8/10
A Few Months - 6/10
Earl Grey (Stuck in a Groove) - 6/10
Where Am I Now - 7/10
Stupid Things (Reprise) - 6/10
Ghosty - 7/10
Waiting Ages - 7/10

Overall Rating: 84 out of 120 = 70%

Overall Opinion: The album started really strong but got really droning and kind of boring as you can tell my the numbers above. I liked about half of this one and tolerated nicely ... read more
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Track List

  1. Just Like That
  2. Monday Tuesday
  3. Stupid Things
  4. Don't Go Back at Ten
  5. Cutting Shapes
  6. Preacher
  7. A Few Months
  8. Earl Grey (Stuck in a Groove)
  9. Where Am I Now
  10. Stupid Things (Reprise)
  11. Ghosty
  12. Waiting Ages
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Added on: July 27, 2017