Frankie Cosmos - Vessel
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
2018 Ratings: #275 / 598
User Score
Based on 160 ratings
2018 Ratings: #325
March 30, 2018 / Release Date
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Sub Pop / Label
Indie Pop, Twee Pop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Northern Transmissions

The touching personality makes each track feel unique and Kline’s unique writing voice cuts through each song to give them a continuous roll of unique moments. Needless to say, 18 tracks will feel short by the end of this album.

85
Paste

Her vision isn’t always sunny, but it is intense and deeply felt. It brightens the dullest and darkest moments, without taking the sting out of the painful, confusing parts. That’s the payoff for listening close: You might end up seeing through brighter eyes.

80
Exclaim!

Marking another chapter of triumphs, trials and tribulations in Kline's life, Vessel's sound is amplified and cohesive. It's a record to remind us that "being alive / matters quite a bit / even when you feel like shit."

80
The Independent

Vessel is a return to form for Kline: bringing the sincerity that was threaded throughout her Bandcamp releases to the forefront once again.

80
Crack Magazine

Kline’s short songs, often seizing on one concept for under two minutes before moving on, have the effect of a meandering night in, drinking wine and batting back-and-forth ideas, circling around to the same topics but loving the detours.

80
AllMusic

While the band's involvement, particularly more active drums, help the sound lean forward, Frankie Cosmos' essential musical qualities remain: hooky melodies, a disarming lyrical style, and impressive efficiency.

80
FLOOD Magazine

The eighteen tracks of Vessel are warm and endearing—a hodgepodge of contemplations on love at its best and worst.

78
Pitchfork

If there was a reportorial flair to Frankie Cosmos songs before—a bus that splashes her with rain, a perfect day lingering on the books outside The Strand—then on Vessel, her discoveries are more insular.

77
GIGsoup

‘Vessel’ makes for a mature album without any pretense or fussiness, just unadulterated feeling.

75
Under The Radar

Vessel reveals progress and maturity for Kline and her pals but still houses tiny parcels of vulnerable inner thoughts, the types of things you would be nervous to confess, found in love letters slipped into a desk.

75
A.V. Club
Frankie Cosmos (née Greta Kline) makes her Sub Pop debut with her third album, her sweet, ethereal voice delivering a new batch of alterna-pop love songs.
70
Loud and Quiet

Yet for all of this intentional amateurism, the unexpected tempo changes and melodic hooks have an undeniable craft that could easily be polished for more commercial success if that’s what she wanted. It’s nonetheless part of her appeal that she’s shunned this is favour of spontaneity and the aural imperfections of reel-to-reel tape.

70
God Is in the TV

If you’ve emoted through 2018 releases by Lucy Dacus or Soccer Mommy, or winced empathically through 2017 confessionals from Diet Cig, Waxahatchee or Fazerdaze, the lyrical honesty of Vessel ought to radiate strongly from within that already bright constellation. There has to be space for artists and albums like this.

60
NOW Magazine

While some songs are short ... the album as a whole drags a little. But the softness of Kline’s vocals and the instrumentation anchoring her lyrics and stories make up for it.

60
Spectrum Culture

Vessel, Frankie Cosmos’ third studio album, makes the sonic leap of truly sounding like a full band rather than a bedroom outfit, but at 18 tracks, it threatens to all run together even while it perfectly mimics the sensation of scrolling through an extensive Bandcamp back catalog.

50
The Line of Best Fit
While for some this will be charming and intimate, for others it may start to grate. Aside from a couple of off-kilter tempo changes, the songs do also tend to blend into one. It results in a pleasant, but mostly quite forgettable listen.
Mar 28, 2018
nemgax
79
I pet my dogs for half an hour listening to this, it was the most wholesome experience of my life
Mar 29, 2018
Aoaystheory
82
It's pretty un-hip to not like this. Just sayin
Oct 8, 2018
70
yep.
Apr 2, 2018
WildChameleon
72
Another not so bad "short tracks - long album". It's cool, but it needs so much more.
Mar 30, 2018
jordymusic
31
Original Rating: 46/100

This Vessel is carrying a weaker version of just about everything you've ever heard before in this genre of music. The instrumental work is uninspired, skeletal and ineffectual and while her vocals are good they are too feeble and insignificant to make any impact beyond those simplistic instrumental pieces. Lyrics are fine. No real points of interest or important sentiments to this, don't know why it's rated so highly. It's amiable stuff.
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Track List

  1. Caramelize
  2. Apathy
  3. As Often as I Can
  4. This Stuff
  5. Jesse
  6. Duet
  7. Accommodate
  8. I'm Fried
  9. Hereby
  10. Ballad of R & J
  11. Ur Up
  12. Being Alive
  13. Bus Bus Train Train
  14. My Phone
  15. Cafeteria
  16. The End
  17. Same Thing
  18. Vessel


Added on: January 10, 2018