AOTY 2019

Jersey Devil

Ducktails - Jersey Devil
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
2017 Ratings: #350 / 725
User Score
Based on 44 ratings
2017 Ratings: #523
September 15, 2017 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
The Skinny

Jersey Devil feels initially like breezy easy-listening, but it turns out to be a shaded, more nuanced record than the clear-cut college rock of his previous solo record, St. Catherine.

80
The Line of Best Fit

There’s discrete style shifts in this record but there’s nothing overly wayward or drastic. This should come as a testament to Ducktails as he’s bloody good at what he does, and that’s exactly what we’ve come to appreciate him for.

80
DIY
With this project now his primary outlet ... ‘Jersey Devil’ comes with a real sense of sharp focus; cleverly worked melodies and handsomely crafted choruses come to the fore, pushing the woozy soundscapes to the back.
70
GIGsoup

Ducktails’s Jersey Devil stays true to its low-fi, chillwave aesthetic yet manages to feel fresh through its introduction of groovier tones and branching away from melancholic haziness.

70
AllMusic

While not his most consistent crop of songs, light brushes with Steely Dan-like jazz-rock and bolder synths add flavor to a still distinctive sound that's likely to be welcomed by fans.

65
Under The Radar

Mondanile doubles down on his chillwave artistry, rather than seeking inspiration from expanding repertoire.

cookie
80
didn't expect to enjoy this LP that much... catchy hooks and jangly solos. Wearing a Mask is a gem
84
Should i feel guilty for liking this?
itsyahboinoah
55
pretty unforgetable
90
There's something to be said for an album that can be played straight through without becoming strident or grating.
unknownpleasure
NR
It's a shame because I like Ducktails music, but I can't listen to music made by a scumbag.
https://www.spin.com/2017/10/matt-mondanile-aka-ducktails-departed-real-estate-amid-sexual-misconduct-allegations/
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Track List

  1. Map to the Stars
  2. Light a Candle
  3. In the Hallway
  4. Keeper of the Garden
  5. Solitary Star
  6. Lover
  7. Mannequin
  8. Wearing a Mask
  9. Shattered Mirror Travel
  10. The Rising Sun
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Added on: August 2, 2017