Frankie Cosmos - Vessel
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
2018 Ratings: #343 / 735
User Score
Based on 190 ratings
2018 Ratings: #642
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.
nemgax
79
I pet my dogs for half an hour listening to this, it was the most wholesome experience of my life
WildChameleon
63
Another not so bad "short tracks - long album". It's cool, but it needs so much more.
Aoaystheory
82
It's pretty un-hip to not like this. Just sayin
70
yep.
Space Vacation
69
When you release an album that's about as long as an episode of Everybody Loves Raymond but there's a dozen and a half songs on it.

I've listened to Apathy a lot, I think it's one of my favourite songs of this entire year so far.
Optimistically but unfairly I was going in hoping for the entire experience to have the same effect on me.
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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
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