Hobo Rocket

Pond - Hobo Rocket
Critic Score
Based on 22 reviews
2013 Ratings: #507 / 955
User Score
Based on 49 ratings
2013 Ratings: #263
August 5, 2013 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
DIY

Allbrook, Watson, Avery, Ryan, and Terry clearly grow newly infatuated with music every time they play a note – ‘Hobo Rocket’ is a genuinely believable, and extremely successful celebration.

80
NME

Pond’s fifth album, ‘Hobo Rocket’, bristles with unrestrained creativity and sonic exploration, while verging away from pastoral prog towards a harder garage blues slant.

70
Consequence of Sound

Despite the explosive ambition, Hobo Rocket is hastily structured; it’s a departure from the remarkable concision that characterized Beard, Wives Denim.

70
musicOMH

With the tendency to occasionally experiment and deviate, consistency is not forthcoming; that said, when Pond hit the right notes they soar

70
The Line of Best Fit

It demonstrates that rather than being just a side-project to a more commercially and critically successful cousin, Pond are an entirely different beast in their own right – and no less a force to be reckoned with.

70
AllMusic

Wide-eyed wonder still intact, there's a lot of depth to explore in the 30 minutes of Hobo Rocket, from bombastic glam, to chugging stoner rock, to colorful psychedelia -- all of it odd as usual.

65
The 405

Much of it is like an unfinished dot-to-dot puzzle. It's sporadic in its charm and cluttered with noise and experimental portions of drug-imbued nostalgic rock. 

60
PopMatters

Pond manages like TSOOL to freshen trippy classic rock tropes with a calm command of the genre, not for 20-minute drum solos or stadium-ready riffs, but with a sense of the unexpected.

59
Pitchfork

Hobo Rocket quickly becomes a collation of the kind of wigged-out studio tricks that Lonerism was notable for avoiding or at least minimizing, an idea of what Tame Impala would be without Kevin Parker’s consummate songwriting and meticulous editing.

50
Tiny Mix Tapes

The execution may be on point, but the personality is absent, the ideas are fewer, and the experience is all-up flat, no matter how raw and flashy the playing.

40
No Ripcord

It’s in their trying to toughen up their candy-colored psychedelia that Pond loses their field of vision, embodying a parodial manifestation of machismo that comes off sounding confused and empty of content. 

CheapandLethal
65
Better stuff out there
tha138
57
A heavy perplexity dominates the sonic core of the album and prevents any access to the exit.
Bare it in mind in case you enter.
100
Trippy awesomeness.
97
Absolutely oozing with intense psychedelia, Sabbath like riffs dragged through wormholes.
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#77/Rough Trade

Track List

  1. Whatever Happened To The Million Head Collide
  2. Xan Man
  3. Odarma
  4. Alone A Flame A Flower
  5. Giant Tortoise
  6. Hobo Rocket
  7. Midnight Mass
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Added on: July 28, 2013