Run Fast - The Julie Ruin

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
  3. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Sep 3, 2013
    As inspirational as Bikini Kill's life-affirming blasts of punk could be, they were never as accessible and simply fun as the '80s synth pop modes of Run Fast, which somehow manage to be equal parts poetic, provocative, moving and enjoyable.
  2. Sep 5, 2013
    Overall, Run Fast looks like the opening salvo from a wonderful new band, and the start of a strong new chapter in Hanna’s musical career.
  3. Sep 5, 2013
    This is the sound of musicians confident in their legacy and what they can do with it.
  4. Oct 10, 2013
    The Julie Ruin are best when playing it a little goofy. [Nov 2013, p.74]
  5. Sep 3, 2013
    Hanna sounds like her old fearless self.
  6. 90
    It’s a more honest, human, realistic--and totally wonderful--guide to life.
  7. Sep 3, 2013
    Despite Hanna’s avowed penchant for creative forward momentum, Run Fast’s ruminations on the past are most touching.
  8. Sep 3, 2013
    Run Fast is certainly more benevolent and interesting than the myopic records most people make post-40 about their changing place in the world.
  9. 80
    Now more than ever, Hanna's voice and music resonate and inspire. [Oct 2013, p.88]
  10. 70
    The album’s 13 tracks hit some serious highs and a few middling snags, but that’s to be expected from a band’s debut, even if that band features a modern day hero like Hanna.
  11. Sep 5, 2013
    The album contains some of her best lyrics.
  12. Oct 22, 2013
    Run Fast has many moments of darkness, but ultimately it’s a celebration: of growing up, of surviving, of wading through shit and coming out the other side.
  13. Sep 3, 2013
    Maybe too spirited at times; without the madcap intensity of Hanna’s best work, too much is simply frenzied.
  14. Nov 7, 2013
    Run Fast melanges the hit-and-run brevity of Bikini Kill ("Stop Stop") with synth sparkles lifted from her Le Tigre époque.
  15. Sep 3, 2013
    Even through the heavier topics of illness and recovery, a melodic sense of dance carries the message, but what delivers the punch is Hanna's voice.
  16. Sep 23, 2013
    This is a new incarnation of The Julie Ruin, and it's still raising the goosebumps on my arms.
  17. The riot godmotherrr commands pretty much the same old skinny soprano, only with soft edges that sound tender or thoughtful sometimes.

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