Stranger in the Alps

Phoebe Bridgers - Stranger in the Alps
Critic Score
Based on 19 reviews
2017 Ratings: #149 / 923
Year End Rank: #38
User Score
2017 Ratings: #37
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
A.V. Club

Like the best sad-bastard music, Stranger In The Alps alchemizes sorrow into redemptive beauty. It’s never about wallowing, but about slowly moving through it. That difference, played out over some incredible, wise-beyond-her-years songwriting, makes it one of the best albums of the year.

91
Consequence of Sound
It’s a gentle, wistful, even mournful record that makes for an outstanding coming-out party for Bridgers and a haunting experience for the listener, with melodies and sentiments that linger, softly and poignantly, long after the music ends.
90
Exclaim!

The gripping tension between vulnerability and courage on Los Angeles musician Phoebe Bridgers' debut album, Stranger in the Alps, is something that usually takes singer-songwriters numerous attempts to achieve — if ever.

90
musicOMH

Phoebe Bridgers is a 23 year old LA-based songwriter who early collaborator Ryan Adams has already compared to Bob Dylan and while that’s undoubtedly hyperbole at the moment, Stranger In The Alps is certainly one of those records that seem destined to herald a long-lasting career.

85
Under The Radar
The delicate ferocity of her voice and kick of lyrical angst rightfully place Bridgers in the same realm as revered artists Julia Jacklin and Angel Olsen.
80
The Line of Best Fit
An effortless, emotive landscape throughout, Bridgers manages to tug at your heartstrings while giving you the ability to accept your fate.
80
Mojo
Barbed but beautiful.
80
Q Magazine
Across these songs, Bridgers manages an unusual marriage of delicacy and lo-fi wit, and it's a union that has led her to quietly make one of the albums of the year.
80
Drowned in Sound
The record is a stunning achievement, and one that heralds the arrival of a major talent, undoubtedly in it for the long haul. Even more importantly, it feels special in an intangible way that I’m at something of a loss to explain.
80
NME
‘Strangers In The Alps’ is definitely album for the sad times. Get ready to embrace the tears.
80
DIY
‘Stranger in the Alps’ is as accomplished a solo debut as you’ll hear all year - a quietly devastating listen worthy of Phoebe Bridgers’ obvious influences.
80
The Irish Times
Her voice, rich in vulnerability and attitude, commands this edgy, deeply personal landscape.
78
Sputnikmusic

Whether she’s touching on the impact of losing a legend like Bowie or battling her own demons, Strangers in the Alps is a vibrant and rare debut that’s not afraid to tell it how it is.

75
Spectrum Culture

She has proven that her sweet and somber storytelling can stand its own ground.

70
Pitchfork

The span of time these songs cover can make Stranger in the Alps feel overwhelming and occasionally incohesive. Playing it from front to back comes with the intensity of scrolling all the way through someone’s Facebook photos.

70
AllMusic

The debut long-player from the Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter, Stranger in the Alps is a candid, wry, death-obsessed, and altogether transfixing collection of ruminative indie-folk confections that invoke names like Elliott Smith, Jenny Lewis, Laura Marling, Julien Baker, and Lisa Germano.

70
Northern Transmissions

Stranger in the Alps contains enough glimmers of talent that it’s easy to believe once she’s seen a bit more of the world and done a bit more as an artist, she will return with a stronger second effort.

60
The Skinny
Equal parts Mary Lou Lord and Margo Timmins, Bridgers is someone finding her way, trying things out, rarely settling for easy when something more is called for.
60
Uncut
Throughout, her lyrics betray a convincing world-weariness.
BradTasteMusic
73

Stranger in the Alps is a really dark, yet sweet folk debut from Phoebe Bridgers. This is my first album from her, and I am quite happy with it. The production and mixing is stunning, and she puts a ton of care into making sure these songs sound heavenly. The songs are all very sonically consistent, and engaging for the most part.

This album does suffer from a couple of things. It is frontloaded. The best songs are at the start, and it slowly starts to sound like an amateurish folk album by ... read more

halbery
89

wowowoowoooooo spooky ghost :0

Supertartory
94

Love is long and love is important, love is kind and love is powerful but most importantly... love can end, and most importantly to you, you need to know when it does. Phoebe Bridges' debut album is a powerful, slow fire that slowly sets your heart aflame, that fire never really burning out... because it was always there. While musically this album isn't an impressive feat, nor is it really anything new, what makes this album resonate with you the most are the lyrics and the vocals. The ... read more

psychxticak3
92

Phoebe Bridgers is so cool guys I’m so different! No, for real though, Stranger in the Alps is mesmerizing. Phoebe’s vocals are so sweet and heartbreaking and her lyrics range from devastating to emotionally lost. It’s such a beautiful listen. I like the way she writes even if I can’t understand some of the deeper stuff on a casual listen. Motion Sickness makes me feel sick because of how much I can relate. The entirety of Scott Street is tear inducing and the ending is ... read more

eascaiden
70

now dont get me wrong i liked this... im just not sure if i see in phoebe bridgers what everyone else does

MattCumiskey
78

really enjoyed this, but it fell of towards the end

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Track List

1Smoke Signals
5:24
92
2Motion Sickness
3:49
94
3Funeral
3:52
92
4Demi Moore
3:18
85
5Scott Street
5:05
93
6Killer
3:09
85
7Georgia
4:07
88
8Chelsea
4:42
78
9Would You Rather
3:19
82
10You Missed My Heart
6:57
84
11Smoke Signals (Reprise)
0:33
77
Total Length: 44 minutes
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Added on: September 16, 2017