Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
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  1. Frankie Rose and the Outs have made a record that put her old band the Vivian Girls to shame, and instead of proving to be bandwagon jumpers, they instead made a record other girl pop bands can emulate and someday hope to equal.
  2. Frankie Rose and the Outs grants her the right to carry on doing as she pleases. As Lady Gaga comes across as a glorious car crash with her incessant costume change homages, Frankie similarly deserves the right to chop and change between band and styles. For as she chews music up and spits it out, she makes a beautiful mess.
  3. Entirely derivative but somehow not obvious, the record is surprisingly--and pleasantly--strange.
  4. For a record just 30 minutes long it feels impossibly epic and for all its scuzzy, lo-fi production, it still sounds fully realised. Not to mention fully brilliant.
  5. With Frankie Rose and The Outs, her first self-accredited rock music excursion, Rose predictably weaves femininity and cherubic harmonics with garage rock, resulting in a pretty, albeit somewhat tired, retreading of familiar waters.
  6. For a record this simple and, even at its punchiest, seductively serene, it might seem far-fetched to compliment it for being daring. But considering its own orbit--and her eschewing lo-fi recording techniques--Rose cuts right to the chase, making lean, elegant music that practically glows in the face of exceptional fuss.
  7. In the end, maybe it's actually "Save Me" that best represents a debut effort full of fits and starts, emblematic of a band that hits its stride right before it's too late. It's just that you wished the group could have gotten to that point a little sooner and more often.
  8. On this album she proves herself as something more (way more, in fact) than an eternal scenester and competent drummer.
  9. Q Magazine
    She excels when she stacks up layers of her ghostly choirgirl voice within a more lush framework. [Nov 2010, p.114]
  10. It's hard to deny the simple, joyful throb of this half-hour treat, and Rose has an unusual weapon she's willing to use early and often – harmonies of massed voices, whose affectless trilling lends the buzzing and twanging guitars an oddly liturgical taste.
  11. Uncut
    Dec 20, 2010
    Even if Rose is short on killer tunes or delivery, her oversupply of nostalgia charm is ultimately no bad thing. [Dec 2010, p.105]
  12. Under The Radar
    Oct 26, 2010
    Throw in a gorgeous Arthur Russell cover and you have a competent throwback release rooted in contemporary memes. [Fall 2010, p.67]

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