Mar 26, 2020
92
Got my record early, and I’m glad I did. Born Ruffians have never been this good.

JUICE (2020) takes the raw energy of their debut RED, YELLOW, & BLUE (2008) and combines it with the catchy pop rock of RUFF (2015) and the thematic cohesiveness of UNCLE, DUKE, & THE CHIEF (2018). If all that sounds eye-rollingly pretentious, just know that Born Ruffians have never sounded more confident or sure-footed.

The album is a svelte 30-ish minutes, and better for it; there’s no ... read more
Mar 17, 2020
90
I hate that I'm just learning about Perfume Genius now.
Mar 17, 2020
62
I dunno. I really love the opener, "Deleter." But the rest isn't clicking for me.
Mar 14, 2020
90
Born Ruffians have been on fire lately.
Mar 14, 2020
65
Feels like Sam's Town. Not bad, but not exactly renewing my faith in the band.
Mar 13, 2020
81
Spirited, live-wire rock. Energetic from start to finish and never drops its forward momentum. I'm a sucker for shouty, repetitive lyrics.
Mar 11, 2020
70
Disquet Courts? :P Excellent debut. Disq is going places!
Mar 5, 2020
100
It's probably because of where I am in life that I love this song so much.
Mar 1, 2020
77
i'M GOING SHOPPING
Mar 1, 2020
50
In my opinion, this is way too safe a song for someone of Lady Gaga's caliber, at this stage in her career.
Feb 21, 2020
62
This is a bloated version of one of my favorite pop releases of last year (MAP OF THE SOUL: PERSONA). Has some good new tunes, but just doesn't work as a cohesive album to me.
Feb 20, 2020
86
Very New Order-esque. Great tune.
Feb 17, 2020
79
Excellent pop album with an effortless 80s aesthetic, and some great guitar-driven tracks. Thematically, it's a lot like Lorde's MELODRAMA. It's definitely worth 44 minutes of your time--especially if your sitting fetal position in dark corner of your room this Valentine's Day.
Feb 16, 2020
49
I wanted to like this, but something didn’t click for me. There’s something lacking I can’t quite put my finger on. I’ll probably revisit it someday.
Feb 14, 2020
88
The best they’ve ever been.
Feb 13, 2020
50
It's fine? I don't really understand Billie Eilish, though, and this didn't help.
Feb 12, 2020*
90
Beautiful, fully-realized sounds that many bands never find, much less in a debut. A fucking stellar record.
Feb 12, 2020*
75
Having never heard anything by Shopping before, I had no expectations going into this album. It's a brisk, 30-minute jaunt through feelings of insecurity, longing, and losing, but all presented in appropriate, upbeat, post-punk fashion. Pretty great from beginning to end.
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