Twin Fantasy (Face to Face)

Car Seat Headrest - Twin Fantasy (Face to Face)
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Based on 28 reviews
2018 Ratings: #66 / 890
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2018 Rank: #1All Time: #102
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Record Collector
This is no stop-gap, contract filler of a record but rather a perfectionist giving a great album the full workout it deserved.
A.V. Club

With the new Twin Fantasy, Toledo has done the unimaginable: created a reboot that matches its original in tone, passion, and excitement.

Northern Transmissions

It’s an album of dizzying highs and crushing lows, full of triumphant moments that seem built for a grand, Phil Spector wall of sound that Toledo previously had no access to.

Consequence of Sound

Rock music has a bad habit of looking backwards, and the same can be said of Car Seat Headrest’s Twin Fantasy. But this album flips that rearview gaze on its head, suggesting that the past may well contain new and exciting paths forward. It’s a neat inversion that yields some of the most thrillingly ambitious indie rock compositions of this decade, though one that occasionally exhausts the listener into submission.

Pretty Much Amazing
Companion piece or full-on replacement, it matters not. Do yourself a favor and listen to the album you should have listened to seven years ago.
The 405

The new release of Twin Fantasy never panders to the original. Nor does it feel like Toledo is forced to adhere to the limitations of his previous work. It’s a development, not a remake; the full realisation of what was always supposed to be - and it sounds all the more incredible for it.

The Line of Best Fit

Thanks to the fact that Car Seat Headrest is now a band rather than a solo recording project, there’s more spit and polish to the songs, a level of gloss that Twin Fantasy really benefits from.


The age-old saying goes if something isn't broken, don't fix it, but the re-release of Twin Fantasy shows that, seven years later, Car Seat Headrest are capable of re-contextualizing their work in ways that cement the faith that we have in them as revolutionary musicians.

Will Toledo’s re-recorded version of an album originally released in 2011 speaks to his greatest gifts as a songwriter: wit, cynicism, and an eye for detail that captures teenaged desire and heartache.

Like the original, Twin Fantasy 2017 transports us to a unique and fully formed world, where this time the physical geography is still more affecting.

Loud and Quiet
The conventional wisdom would be that a comparatively hi-fi re-run of ‘Twin Fantasy’ would rob it of much of its charm, but this redux is hardly an exercise in polish; Toledo’s vocals remain unvarnished, and the instrumentation remains cluttered and imperfect to the point of feeling chaotic. The result, really, is somewhere close to how a ‘Twin Fantasy’ live album might have turned out sounding.
God Is in the TV
Now that Toledo has given it the sound that he always wanted, he has created an album that will deserve even more exposure than it is currently getting.
Car Seat Headrest’s newest release, ‘Twin Fantasy’ exudes angst, melancholy and carefully twists the mundane into thoughtfully beautiful lyrics. This visionary collection is a true labour of love by the American band, after being re-recorded and re-imagined.
The Needle Drop

Car Seat Headrest's remake of its Bandcamp classic Twin Fantasy is an improvement on all fronts.

FLOOD Magazine

In theory, a Twin Fantasy redo seemed unnecessary and pompous, a misguided detour in service of soothing an artist’s ego over past shortcomings. In execution, it’s as vital as anything released yet this year.

Spill Magazine

Car Seat Headrest is without a doubt a fantastically talented and emotive band that revolves around the no-shits-given honesty of Will Toledo’s lyrics and his ability to craft songs that explore the full range of human emotion and musical possibility.

Q Magazine
Hardcore aficionados might doggedly stick to the original but for new fans, it's a treat.

Twin Fantasy marks another leap in ambition.

The Guardian
There are times when the less charitable might be inclined to shout at Toledo to pull himself together, but Car Seat Headrest increasingly feel like a significant band, and Toledo like an unusual and compelling voice.
Slant Magazine

As well-realized as the original Twin Fantasy was, and as much as it's defined by a specific period in its creator's life, it's obvious that Toledo sees the project as a fluid work.

The Skinny
Indulgent? Possibly, but it works, because this record – even the longest tracks – is punchy, witty and razor sharp.

The arrangements are tighter and better executed, the audio is strong enough to suit the music and its dynamics, and Toledo's performances are more measured but also more nuanced, as if he has a better understanding of this story from a distance of a few yeqars. Either way, Twin Fantasy leaves no doubt that Toledo is a strikingly gifted and thoughtful songwriter who also has a firm grasp of how to make his material work in the studio, and isn't afraid to think on a grand scale.

Tiny Mix Tapes

But to new(er) fans, Face to Face will satisfy the itch engendered by the gestation period between those two records and remind that Denial wasn’t Car Seat Headrest’s first sprawling opus.

The results of Toledo’s re-imagination add up to enough to make this feel like more than just a perfectionist’s pursuit.

Though it often overstays its welcome, with a handful of tracks pushing beyond the 15-minute mark, ‘Twin Fantasy’ is an ideal starting point for any latent Will Toledo fan.

American Songwriter

Though some longtime fans may feel as though some of the imperfections that adorned Toledo’s original DIY bedroom release are lost in translation in this gorgeously polished release, in its new iteration Twin Fantasy is a deeply moving statement from one of indie rock’s freshest young voices.

The Young Folks

Twin Fantasy is a bloated and often unsatisfactory listen that pales in comparison to Teens of Denial, and meanders too often away from the moving romanticism at its core.

Under the Radar

Instead of building off the buzz and promise of Teens of Style and Teens of Denial, that show a marked development in songwriting, Car Seat Headrest decided to release a bit of revisionist history showing off the band's potential but also its shortcomings.


Edit: I thought I was bisexual, but now it turns out I’m just gay.

Stop scrolling and read this.

At the time of writing this months go, I was struggling not to cry, and I was stuck in a whirlwind of thoughts that drove me crazy. At the time of writing this months ago, I was bisexual. I’d known that I was bisexual for a while, but never had the courage to tell people about it, especially not in real life. Like I’ve said in my In Rainbows review, I’ve always felt like ... read more


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I didn’t know this had a previous version. Without seeing the other version though, I find this one to be remarkably well recorded and ambitious to the core. Lyrically it is ambiguous and reflective.

I loved it, great record. I only have given it a few listens so I may need more. Definitely front runner for AOTY

(Edit) original score is 87, then 91. This album keeps growing. I have heard the original and I think it is also ... read more


EDIT: I have a theory about those who love music to the degree most of us on this site do. This applies to all mediums of art, but for the sake of clarity, I’ll be using music terms. Anyways, I believe that a person will find maybe three to five albums in their lifetime that can truly be considered, for lack of a better word, life-changing. This kind of record isn’t just something you listen to and enjoy to death track for track, isn’t just a masterpiece, isn’t just a ... read more


Twin Fantasy (Face to Face) - Álbum de Car Seat Headrest (review y análisis/interpretación personal)

La forma de este álbum de capturar la frustración y la experiencia de ser un adolescente homosexual y estar enamorado es perfecta, irrepetible. La letra de las canciones acompañada de instrumentales ruidosas está repleta de significado y cuentan una historia que hacen disfrutables canciones de duran más de 13 minutos. Realmente ... read more



This was my first Car Seat Headrest record that I had ever listened to, back in 2019, and without it I wouldn't have flourished into having the music taste that I do now. I would've been stagnant, listening to the same garbage I had been engaging with for the longest time. It's been roughly 5 years since then, half a damn decade, and my opinions on this record have changed a lot, good and bad. I didn't like this album a lot at first, but through many MANY relistens, I feel like I ... read more


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Added on: January 9, 2018