Expect the Best

Widowspeak - Expect the Best
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
2017 Ratings: #387 / 722
User Score
Based on 26 ratings
2017 Ratings: #346
August 25, 2017 / Release Date
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Captured Tracks / Label
Dream Pop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
AllMusic

A late-summer bonfire of an album, Expect the Best proves once again that when it comes to hazy introspection and reflection, few bands are better at it than Widowspeak.

80
musicOMH

With Hamilton’s dusky vocals so reminiscent of Hope Sandoval and the like, Expect The Best is the most akin to Mazzy Star so far.

75
A.V. Club

Every Widowspeak record is exceptionally intimate, but emphasizing the four-piece band’s live chemistry for the first time gives Expect The Best an earthier, more lived-in feel than earlier efforts.

70
God Is in the TV

Newly expanded Widowspeak return with an album of emotional truths. Expect The Best is the embodiment of change: line-up of the band, location and approach to songwriting. Darker than previously, Widowspeak still sound as if they are coaxing the stars down out of a Midwest sky.

70
Loud and Quiet

Their fourth release with Captured Tracks, the label responsible for all your dream-pop desires, is their most dynamic yet and a strong signifier of the band’s live shows.

70
Drowned in Sound

After three full length albums of alt-country with all of the seams exposed, Widowspeak are now going the full Mazzy Star, leaning into the dream pop world with Expect the Best. If that sounds like a copout to passé surf rock trends, Expect the Best stands out amongst other reverb-drenched indie rock for being exceptionally well composed.

70
Under The Radar

Widowspeak sticks to its formula on Expect the Best, doubling down on conviction to a fuller effect. The familiar faded tonality now has punchier, richer hues.

70
Tiny Mix Tapes

As ever, the Brooklyn four-piece triumph when they succumb to the dreamier elements of their work, of which Expect the Best carries just enough to sustain the listener across the finish line.

CheapandLethal
90
Superb
abdcorner
73
It's a subdued record, so subdued that you lose yourself in its sounds. I sometimes forgot I was listening, but there's something to that with this record. With its consistent, dream pop sound, it wants you to let go. And, to an extent, it achieves those desires.
VinylHound83
69
The Dream - 7/10
When I Tried - 8/10
Dog - 7/10
Warmer - 6/10
Good Sport - 7/10
Let Me - 7/10
Right On - 7/10
Expect the Best - 7/10
Fly on the Wall - 6/10

Overall Rating: 62 out of 90 = 69%

Overall Opinion: I love dreamy pop. Some of these songs rely too much on repetition so at times became more annoying than dreamy. I still enjoyed this one over coffee for the most part but it's not the best in the genre for 2017 either.
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Track List

  1. The Dream
  2. When I Tried
  3. Dog
  4. Warmer
  5. Good Sport
  6. Let Me
  7. Right On
  8. Expect the Best
  9. Fly on the Wall
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Added on: August 22, 2017