Abysmal Thoughts

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  • Summary: The fourth full-length release for the Brooklyn indie pop band-turned-solo-project by Jonny Pierce who wrote and produced the album.
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  1. Jun 16, 2017
    91
    The new sounds heighten the bittersweet flavor, as Pierce opens up about feeling lonely, stupid, betrayed, empty, and at times, hopeful. If his life hasn’t exactly gotten easier, his music has never been better.
  2. Jun 16, 2017
    81
    Abysmal Thoughts is a fun, lovely record, radiating sunshine in every melody and shadows in the lyrics. It’s whole and complex and captivating, a treasure chest of an album in which you’ll find something different and unique hiding within each listen.
  3. Jun 23, 2017
    80
    The result is emotionally powerful, disarming in its honesty, and unexpectedly fun. Abysmal Thoughts is a successful step into new territory for the Drums.
  4. Jun 16, 2017
    70
    Pierce and company might never release anything as tight and high caliber as their debut album, but they are heading in a new direction while still remaining staunch pioneers of the heavy synths and reverb style that warranted them attention in the first place.
  5. 70
    Going it alone might not have been the most obvious next step for Pierce, however he has managed to maintain a catchy and consistent sound that justifies that decision.
  6. Jun 16, 2017
    60
    The overall charm is undeniable, even if it does feel very familiar.
  7. Jun 16, 2017
    50
    "I'll Fight for Your Life" makes up for its unremarkable melodies with a percussive synth pulse, while the charming "Head of the Horse" is a curveball ballad from a project that has always been better known for upbeat pop tunes. Beyond that, however, this album is a 50-minute slog.

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