Anxiety - Ladyhawke
Metascore
64

Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. 40
    The majority of the tracks on her second full-length, Anxiety, teem with chilled vocals, crunchy guitar, and keyboard blurps that move hips to sway before showing their hollowness as soon as one steps off the dance floor.
  2. Jun 5, 2012
    80
    [Anxiety] retains all the best things about her debut while expanding on both her sound and style.
  3. May 30, 2012
    60
    In its more luminous moments, it also contains enough to suggest that there is still a great album lurking somewhere underneath the Ladyhawke moniker.
  4. There's nothing on Anxiety so arrestingly new or comfortably familiar.
  5. Jun 6, 2012
    70
    The result is a buzzsaw-sharp pop-rock album, full of hard-charging hooks, with one foot toe-tapping in 1978 and the other planted firmly in 2012.
  6. Jun 1, 2012
    40
    If this is Ladyhawke trying to find herself, she's tragically lost sight of what made her amazing in the first place.
  7. May 31, 2012
    40
    The songs aren't strong enough to make it feel vibrant. Only the chugging Cellophane captures the giddy, filmic qualities of Ladyhawke's early songs.
  8. May 31, 2012
    80
    If anything they're more powerful this time.
  9. May 30, 2012
    70
    With this second solid Ladyhawke winner, she proves you can make them sing.
  10. May 29, 2012
    80
    It's a great pop record with plenty of guts and a sense of reality that is so often missing from records that sound this fun.
  11. May 29, 2012
    80
    Anxiety is as tight and catchy as a baseball mitt.
  12. May 29, 2012
    70
    While it fails to better its predecessor, Anxiety is a mature, personal and vulnerable release that is both a brave and natural evolution for an undoubtedly talented artist.
  13. May 29, 2012
    50
    On the whole, Anxiety lacks the addictive quality of its predecessor, and it's certainly less musically interesting.
  14. May 22, 2012
    59
    While Anxiety is not a trainwreck, it's a missed opportunity given the strength of her foundation.
  15. Apr 10, 2012
    70
    Pip retains the sizzling electronics and soaring melodies of her first offering, but delivers them like a sultry wrong'un wracked with self doubt, battering drums and attacking every guitar she can lay her hands on.
  16. Apr 10, 2012
    40
    Sadly most of these forgettable songs tend to evaporate on impact. [Apr 2012, p.101]
  17. Apr 10, 2012
    80
    These are not tunes created with an eye on the top of the charts, but it only takes about four bars to realize that they should be up there. [No.86, p.56]
  18. Apr 10, 2012
    80
    Anxiety's songwriting is top-notch--substantial and precise, without sacrificing accessibility or originality. [Apr 2012, p.96]
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Nov 18, 2013
    10
    This album sounds fresh. It's definitely a stand out in these times of almost no guitars in pop music. I think the contrast between loud instrumentals and calm vocals is a lovely thing to hear. Full Review »
  2. Jun 14, 2012
    7
    4 years on and I
  3. Jun 13, 2012
    9
    The album, while nowhere near the commercial sound of her first album is still fantastic. To be fully honest, it is a bit of a let down considering this is what was produced after a 4 year wait. Some parts of the album kind of run together and sound the same but other than those two flaws, the album is fantastic. The way she crafts her music makes you want to get up and dance, even on the ballad, and the best track on the album, "Cellophane". I think that people who fell in love with her first album will need some convincing to love this one but it isn't a far reach. Ladyhawke is still in there, it's just a more mature and less commercial sound. Full Review »