Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. There are a lot of bands playing indie pop in 2008, but very few do it as well as Headlights do on Some Racing, Some Stopping.
  2. It is a slender, limber album, blissfully aware of itself and not daring to overstay its welcome.
  3. This disc isn’t something you’ll want to play loud. Instead, you’ll want to play it endlessly because the songs are first-rate, the songs are wonderful.
  4. Under The Radar
    80
    It is far less ornate than Kindness, and while the stripped-down approach is initially somewhat jarring, the songs are still more than strong enough to survive, and even thrive, without larger treatment. [Winter 2008, p.82]
  5. Uncut
    80
    The songs are much more confidently realised. [May 2008, p.100]
  6. Layers of guitar, synth, and drums float into fullness without the coy gleam that, in retrospect, overcrowded the friendly songwriting of its first album, 2006's "Kill Them With Kindness."
  7. 70
    Calling Headlights "nice" sounds like a backhanded compkliment, but Some racing wears the tag proudly: it's charming, but never boring [Mar 2008, p.102]
  8. When you're listening to Some Racing, Some Stopping you're caught up in a safe, warm, fluffy little world. It's only when you get back to harsh reality you realise that Headlights haven't really written much in the way of hooks.
  9. It is ceaselessly pretty, breezy and undemanding (in the best possible way), boding extremely well for future material.
  10. Some Racing, Some Stopping is the kind of record, in other words, that you'd expect casual listeners to enjoy and critics to unfairly malign.

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