Personal Record - Eleanor Friedberger
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  • Summary: The second solo release for the indie pop singer, who is one half of The Fiery Furnaces with her brother Matthew, was co-written with songwriter Wesley Stace (a.k.a. John Wesley Harding) and produced by Eric Broucek.
  • Record Label: Merge
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Alternative Singer/Songwriter
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  1. Positive: 20 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Jun 5, 2013
    With Personal Record, Eleanor commits even more strongly to straightforward, sentimental, and concise songcraft.
  2. Jun 4, 2013
    If Last Summer shut the door on Friedberger’s former knack for erratic musicianship and off-the-cuff arrangements, Personal Record slides the bolt firmly in place.
  3. 80
    It’s Friedberger’s lyrics and delivery that unite these various touchstones, as fresh and distinctive as ever, incredibly poignant and powerfully aware of her self and the signifiers that surround her.
  4. Jul 3, 2013
    An album full of fresh twists and turns, musically and lyrically, and a song cycle full of melody and surprise.
  5. Jun 10, 2013
    The universal themes and her way to create tales that draw you in, make for an album that’s more emotionally resonant than her debut.
  6. Jun 21, 2013
    Personal Record doesn’t always have the focus and sense of place that made Last Summer great, but it’s pop music on a grander scale, both in sound and theme.
  7. Jul 1, 2013
    What we have here is an album’s worth of incredibly passive, indifferent music-making.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Dec 8, 2013
    Eleanor Friedberger gives us a nice breeze of indie-pop perfection. Somehow, without her group The Fiery Furnaces, she rocks with a more easy freedom. It's very pleasant as it doesn't sound forced as even some of The Fiery Furnaces albums did. These are the kinds of songs that I am looking for big stars like Katy Perry to be writing, but instead they are writing as though they are little girls still in high school. And I'm supposed to be excited by a possible romance between Katy and some other superstar singer. I don't want news of romances and blase music. I just want good music written and sung nicely as Eleanor does on this album. Expand
  2. Jun 6, 2013
    Yeah, it's good. Yeah, it's good. Yeah, it's good. Yeah, it's good. Yeah, it's good. Yeah, it's good. Yeah, it's good. Yeah, it's good. Yeah, it's good. Yeah, it's good. Yeah, it's good. Yeah, it's good. Expand