Hospitality

  • Record Label: Merge
  • Release Date: Jan 31, 2012
Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
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  1. Feb 2, 2012
    80
    Overall, there is a fine balance of sounds, feelings, and textures on the album, enough to make Hospitality both a vindication of promise already displayed by the band and hope for further greatness.
  2. Feb 1, 2012
    70
    Hospitality's debut is a sugar-rush of an album, albeit one given acerbic snap by Papini's delivery.
  3. Mar 12, 2012
    78
    For all its supposed politeness, this is distinct, sharp music.
  4. 70
    This album makes the case they deserve our attention and our own hospitality.
  5. Apr 4, 2012
    70
    It's as if Hospitality are using these songs to channel gnawing anxieties about their futures on one hand, while using insightful lyricism and breezy pop stylings to romanticise the plight of barely scraping together rent on the other
  6. Feb 29, 2012
    70
    These songs are smart and ingratiating, and slightly squeamish about the world of privileged, post-collegiate ennui they inhabit, and... that's what they are.
  7. Apr 16, 2012
    70
    Fans of airy independent music are sure to welcome this disc with open arms, but a few minor quibbles mean that the rest of us might want to hold back for more until the red carpet is rolled out.
  8. Feb 2, 2012
    70
    Shortcomings are well disguised, and even when they are exposed, the originality of Papini's storytelling is enough to keep the ears alert for several listens.
  9. Jan 30, 2012
    74
    The not-new songs here don't sound reworked so much as run through some kind of cartoony scrubbing contraption, Wonka Wash-style, emerging stunningly clean out the other end, the curvy surfaces all gleaming in the sun.
  10. Feb 3, 2012
    70
    [Hospitality is] accomplished and bright, with more room to grow.
  11. Jan 30, 2012
    65
    In the end Hospitality is a solid pop album through and through.
  12. Jan 31, 2012
    80
    The melodies are stickier than hot tar, but it's those vivid little scenes that lodge in your head the longest.
  13. Jan 31, 2012
    91
    Hospitality is a sharp, well-rehearsed guitar-pop collection.
  14. Jan 30, 2012
    75
    Regardless of their ability to stand out in a crowd, they write tunes sharper than a thumbtack, with words that ramble around in fascinating stream-of-consciousness webs.
  15. Apr 5, 2012
    80
    If this is bedroom pop, it surely stems from the most cluttered yet colourful bedroom imaginable.
  16. Feb 6, 2012
    50
    "Eighth Avenue" starts us off with a case study in mid-aughts indie pop: nylon thrumming, snare-led rhythm, spare buoyant bass.... Feels orchestrated but spontaneous, massive but twee.
  17. Uncut
    Apr 6, 2012
    70
    Amber Papini's beautiful, whimsical vocals are what strike you first when listening to Hospitality's more than decent debut. [May 2012, p.75]
  18. Uncut
    Feb 3, 2012
    60
    Some of the arrangements are busier than they need to be. [Mar 2012, p.89]
  19. Under The Radar
    Jan 30, 2012
    50
    The Brooklyn's quartet vacillates between Camera Obscura's mawkish indie-pop, Regina Spektor's endearing flirtations and The Clientele's autumnal vision. [#39, p.68]
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Aug 18, 2012
    10
    I've been waiting for a great debut all year since most of the recent LPs from my favorite bands (Dirty projectors, twin shadow, the tallestI've been waiting for a great debut all year since most of the recent LPs from my favorite bands (Dirty projectors, twin shadow, the tallest man on earth) have been kind of a let down. But once I saw this band on NPR, I was hooked. "Sleepover" is beautiful and powerful with just raw emotion. All 10 songs are gorgeous, pleasant, fun, and a new sound to lo-fi pop rock. The subtlety and smoothness of this band is really what gets me, and outdoes all of these other bands trying to do something wild with extra synths and instrumentation. This is a must buy!! Full Review »
  2. May 10, 2012
    8
    Twee vocals, chiming guitars, great lyrics, good pervasive melodic sense-no false steps and hard to believe it is a debut album. Harken backTwee vocals, chiming guitars, great lyrics, good pervasive melodic sense-no false steps and hard to believe it is a debut album. Harken back to the tamer, pop-endowed but yet somehow skewed heyday of the mid-eighties independent music but done better and you may have a sense of the band. Buy it. Full Review »