As You Please

Citizen - As You Please
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
2017 Ratings: #613 / 876
User Score
Based on 53 ratings
2017 Ratings: #376
Liked by 4 people
October 6, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
Run for Cover / Label
Post-Hardcore, Emo / Genres
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Citizen haven’t mellowed per se, the emotion on ‘As You Please’ is as grand and raw as ever, but they have refined their delivery, and their latest album manages not to shortchange that underlying sentiment while expanding their sonic palette.
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As You Please is patient, breathy, sweeping and slower-moving than usual, chock full of unexpected tics—tonal effects, falsetto vocal flourishes, piano, acoustic intercuts, keyboards, electronic glitches—while remaining firmly in the alt-rock lane.

The Line of Best Fit

AYP is the moodiest and most melodic of the band’s (short) career, meaning it’s an album that will surely earn the band the reductive and often cringeworthy ‘emo’ tag - that is, if Everybody didn’t already. It’s also the band’s strongest set of songs to date.


As You Please can sometimes come across as overly dour, but Citizen are masters of uneasiness and wield that power like a sword.


With 12 songs of nearly equal tone, volume, and length, the nearly hour-long As You Please becomes its own endurance test. When As You Please is taken in smaller chunks, the minor variations between the songs where Citizen churn and the ones where they steamroll ever forward become more discernible.


Citizen are a band that thrive on the sensitive and emotive, yet much of As You Please insists upon thundering brutishness.

Citizen put out their best album yet in the form of As You Please; a release that managed to satisfy fans of previous releases and introduced new listeners to the world of Citizen.

Jet is a warm, welcome track to old fans of Citizen. It isn't until the second track, In The Middle Of It All, are we introduced to a different sound outside of their comfort zone. From the voice sampling at the beginning to the phasing in and out instrumentals at the end. Many songs continue to push those ... read more

1. medicine
2. ugly luck
3. control
Favorite tracks: Jet, World, Control, I Forgive No One, Flowerchild
En conclusión, Citizen aún sigue luchando por su disco consagratorio. En 'As You Please' no hay canciones suficientes u oficio a la altura para que el quinteto logre pasar a una liga superior en términos de calidad musical y reconocimiento. Pero, ¿qué será lo que le falta a Citizen para lograr aquello? No lo sé, y probablemente ellos tampoco lo saben. Aún.

Canciones Favoritas: Jet, In The Middle of it All, World, Flowerchild.
Jet // 83
In The Middle Of It All // 97
As You Please // 95
Medicine // 84
Ugly Luck // 77
World // 80
Fever Days // 79
Control // 92
Discrete Routine // 89
I Forgive No One // 82
You Are A Star // 86
Flowerchild // 85

Best yet from the band. Ranging from the post-hardcore song from days of old to soft and surging melodies, Citizen are a band who have really found their own as "best in the emo class" with As You Please.
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Track List

  1. Jet
  2. In the Middle of It All
  3. As You Please
  4. Medicine
  5. Ugly Luck
  6. World
  7. Fever Days
  8. Control
  9. Discrete Routine
  10. I Forgive No One
  11. You Are a Star
  12. Flowerchild
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Added on: September 1, 2017