Hobo Rocket

User Score
9.0

Universal acclaim- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 0 out of 12
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  1. Aug 27, 2013
    8
    Don't listen to the critics. Personally, I found it to be better, as a whole, than Grizzly Bear's 'Shields' or the much lauded 'Lonerism' by Tame Impala. It has an equal measure of subtlety and huge in-your-face moments, sometimes even occurring at the same time. If you like psychedelic music (like the Flaming Lips, for example) then check this out.
  2. Sep 14, 2013
    8
    Yes 7 tracks is probably not enough to be considered a full album selling at full album prices rather than as an EP, but it clocks in at 35-minutes making it longer than many albums with 11 or more tracks. The fact is that all the tracks bar the final one are strong, fun, catchy and thrilling psych-rock. You can tell Pond do not take themselves too seriously and it comes across in theirYes 7 tracks is probably not enough to be considered a full album selling at full album prices rather than as an EP, but it clocks in at 35-minutes making it longer than many albums with 11 or more tracks. The fact is that all the tracks bar the final one are strong, fun, catchy and thrilling psych-rock. You can tell Pond do not take themselves too seriously and it comes across in their music, and never more so than here. If you were feeling melancholic before sticking this album on you will feel much better by the end. Expand
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71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Q Magazine
    Feb 4, 2014
    60
    It's a winningly demented mix of ADHD garage rock, wonky psychedelia and massive, foot-on-monitor guitar riffs. [Oct 2013, p.109]
  2. Sep 11, 2013
    70
    This more lithe and economical album in many ways proves that Pond have taken a further step towards genuine maturity, but it does still seem rather thrown together and the result of a scattergun approach to both composition and arrangements.
  3. Aug 26, 2013
    50
    The execution may be on point, but the personality is absent, the ideas are fewer, and the experience is all-up flat, no matter how raw and flashy the playing.