In a Poem Unlimited

U.S. Girls - In a Poem Unlimited
Critic Score
Based on 23 reviews
2018 Ratings: #24 / 546
User Score
Based on 577 ratings
2018 Ratings: #17
February 16, 2018 / Release Date
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4AD / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
The Skinny

In a Poem Unlimited lives up to its aim and its name. It’s a reflection of abuse that feels all-encompassing, and of this era. It’s a timeless gem of an album that is about as powerful as pop music can be.

100
NOW Magazine

Remy is at her most confident as a writer and singer on Poem, and, by working with others, she’s created the fullest realization of U.S. Girls yet.

95
Northern Transmissions
While Remy brought stirring art-rock on her last album with touches of a deeper sound, she transcends from weird indie rock to a commanding presence amidst a wicked swirl of dance and dark synths. Forget the sophomore slump, U.S. Girls has achieved their best album to date and calls from a host of influences that will leave you breathless.
90
Exclaim!

Groovy and scintillating, but with depth and meaning to spare, In a Poem Unlimited is U.S. Girls — and pop music — at its very best.

90
The Line of Best Fit
The album is undoubtedly going to end up on many writers’ end-of-year lists, and it’s only February. Remy and her co-conspirators have truly set the bar for great records in 2018, by drawing from the best elements of nocturnal power from bygone eras. It’s all here – just wait and see.
90
Tiny Mix Tapes

On the nose with invisible fingers, In a Poem Unlimited is as lush, disgusted, and dour as the previous album, but with less obscuring vaporous swirl. The tone is more one of defiant, soaring majesty and poison-laced confection, underscored with lyrics of damnation and earnest imparting.

90
No Ripcord

For In A Poem Unlimited, the Canadian-based multi-genre ensemble The Cosmic Range - of which Turnbull is also a member - were added to the roster, structuring disco loops and funk around Remy’s narratives, which our political climate seems to have finally caught up to.

90
Clash

‘In A Poem Unlimited’ is not only the Illinois-born artist’s most accessible material to date, it’s also her greatest collection of songs by some margin and the best you’re likely to hear in 2018.

86
Pitchfork
It is the rare political pop record that looks toward the future and offers us something new.
80
God Is in the TV

The exceptionally well-written and frankly funkalicious sixth album In A Poem Unlimited, sees Meghan Remy a.k.a U.S Girls tackle controversial subjects with intellectual wit, sprinkles of audacious sarcasm and imaginative songwriting.

80
NME
Powerful, potent and bloody good for dancing to, ‘In A Poem Unlimited’ might just be the soundtrack to the revolution.
80
AllMusic

Sprawling and complex as In a Poem Unlimited's structures and styles are, it's U.S. Girls' most immediate collection to date, in terms of both sound and message.

80
The Guardian
It’s protest music, in the guise of joyous, life-affirming pop.
80
The 405
This is the most rewarding album from the project yet, as it only seems to unfold further and further as you delve deeper and keep replaying.
80
Under The Radar

Overall, In a Poem Unlimited continues Remy's upward trajectory on the way to becoming one of the defining figures in alternative pop music and unleashes some new talents that feel fresh and showcase an artist at the top of her game.

80
PopMatters

Her latest release, In a Poem Unlimited, reveals a dark sense of humor about living in the modern world.

80
The Needle Drop

With In a Poem Unlimited, U.S. Girls delivers what is sure to be one of the year's most versatile and lyrically intriguing pop albums.

80
Dork

On ‘In A Poem Unlimited’ ... lavish, luscious textures are weaved together to make for a record that is groovy and gorgeous in equal measures.

78
Paste
Rem is as mercurial as ever, shapeshifting her voice and the music surrounding it as easily as she switches characters.
70
Loud and Quiet
This is deep pop — sincere yet witty, offering reflections on violence and power set to a dizzying-mash up of vintage-inspired grooves.
70
Drowned in Sound

She has been building towards In A Poem Unlimited, and she has arrived here at exactly the right time.

70
Spectrum Culture

The execution is stellar, but the “crowded” feel of some of the songs can work to the detriment of Remy’s most extraordinary quality—her writing.

60
DIY
This is a political collection more easily listenable than ANOHNI, and more danceable than Björk. But the message of US Girls hides under an instrumental output which is far more intriguing than its lyrics – the music is a bit too good for its political musings to be wholeheartedly focused on.
Feb 18, 2018
BradTasteMusic
81
This was a good week. We god Car Seat Headrest, and this album which completely took me by surprise. Super well mixed and ambitious pop. It sounds sweet and delightful. Super solid front to back
Feb 11, 2018
lemuriams
88
FIRST MASTERPIECE OF 2018.
Feb 16, 2018
zeyadreda
83
2018 finally expressing it's peaks and revealing it's amazing music. U.S. Girls embracing us with a new wave of sounds that make a diverse of the psychedelic and indie, of the emotions and the grooves, of pop and jazz, of the sounds of the past and the future. They were very felicitous in using the right instruments in the right time, managing to give us the best arranged record in 2018 till now. Between the sounds of the Sax and the bass there were a stories of harmony and convenient path, ... read more
Feb 4, 2018*
itsyahboinoah
87
There is a lot of things going on here, with the inspirations from 80s disco scene all the way to 60s girl bands with also the 70s glam-rock influence. I'm surprised how cohesive this record was, despite being all over the places at times. Meghan remy moniker of U.S girls reminds me so much of Kylie minogue or Madonna but was more focused and dynamic. Her vocal deliver and charisma feels more invigorated with tracks like M.A.H or Pearly gates. When it comes to political lyrics it can really be ... read more
Jan 31, 2018
sourcherry24
90
Solid record from start to finish.
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