AOTY 2018

I'm Bad Now

Nap Eyes - I'm Bad Now
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2018 Ratings: #340 / 706
User Score
Based on 54 ratings
2018 Ratings: #347
March 9, 2018 / Release Date
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Paradise of Bachelors / Label
Indie Rock / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
The Line of Best Fit

Within I’m Bad Now’s brief running time, Nap Eyes continue to execute and achieve a level of fluidity that most bands struggle to come close to.

82
Paste

I’m Bad Now is another reliable slab from Nap Eyes, with stronger melodies and more consistency across the board.

80
Exclaim!

I'm Bad Now finds Nap Eyes picking up their feet a bit, without sacrificing the subtle psychedelia that makes their songs so enticing.

80
AllMusic
With this excellent third LP, Nap Eyes' identity as guitar-slinging bard-scholars of Eastern Canada is sealed.
77
GIGsoup

The role of the lyrics and Chapman's songwriting are central as always. Word selection and repetition, together with quirky simplicity and touches of erudite style, are remarkable and make this first reach to 'maturity' an interesting deed.

76
Pitchfork
The new album shows Nap Eyes can certainly excel at tight, snappy power-pop ... But there are also all-too-brief flashes of viscerality that you wish the band had explored further
75
Under The Radar

It's still indie rock for hangovers. But the country influences that have lurked around the fringes of Nap Eyes' sound for years are more out in the open, especially in lead guitar work that focuses more on accompanying the vocal melodies rather than providing abstract atmosphere.

70
Loud and Quiet
It’s a step further down the road from Nap Eyes’ last record (‘Thought Rock Fish Scale’), the folk influence has been pared back and the result is a sound fuller round the gills, more meat on the bones, but retaining the lo-fi aesthetic and ear for melody.
70
Drowned in Sound

Following hot on the heels of predecessor Thought Fish Rock Scale, it arguably represents their most accomplished body of work to date and is testament to its four creators continually striving for that perfect mix of fluidity, depth and clarity.

70
FLOOD Magazine

I’m Bad Now presents itself as a self-examination, asking some existential questions and often leaving them unanswered.

60
The Skinny
Nap Eyes are mostly concise in their wanderings, but occasionally meander too far from the path.
60
PopMatters

I'm Bad Now finds Nap Eyes somewhere in between their two former releases.

dijkvanruben
90
What I value about Nap Eyes is how every new record is only ever so slightly different from its predecessor, without their music every getting dull. The changes on I'm Bad Now are, again, subtle, with it primarily being more 'out there' (Every Time The Feeling and Dull Me Line are straight up hits, y'all), while a melancholic side to Chapman's lyrics and tone of voice also surfaces.
78
“I’m Bad Now” is a very enjoyable, straight-up-the-middle indie rock album taking most of its cues from Pavement and the Velvet Underground, with enough charm and songwriting originality to keep things fresh. Nap Eyes’ lackadaisical, mid-tempo comfort zone can make them seem unambitious upon first listen, but as the songs progress, the melodies start to make sense and—despite their references to meaninglessness—the lyrics begin to take on more meaning. The ... read more
Rob_StA
85
Favorite Tracks:
Every Time the Feeling
I'm Bad
White Disciple
Boats Appear
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#3/Drift
#47/musicOMH

MISC LISTS

#16/Paste (First Half)

Track List

  1. Every Time the Feeling
  2. I'm Bad
  3. Judgment
  4. Roses
  5. Follow Me Down
  6. You Like to Joke Around with Me
  7. Dull Me Line
  8. Sage
  9. Hearing the Bass
  10. White Disciple
  11. Boats Appear
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Added on: January 10, 2018