Tripper - Fruit Bats
Tripper Image
Metascore
74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 27 Critics What's this?

User Score
tbd

No user score yet- Awaiting 3 more ratings

Your Score
0 out of 10
Rate this:
  • 10
  • 9
  • 8
  • 7
  • 6
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
  • 0
  • 0
  • Record Label: Sub Pop
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock, Indie Pop
  • More Details and Credits »
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. Less dynamic and more ruminative than The Ruminant Band, here are 10 songs and a poky instrumental for country hippies manque and other shaggy folk down on the little luck they ever had.
  2. Aug 24, 2011
    80
    All said and done, it's the kind of enchanting, quietly literate indie rock record you could build an intricately compelling life story from, while retaining a fascinating jumble of half-told, quarter-understood anecdotes, stolen glances and sad, gleaming characters for leftovers. Lovely stuff.
  3. Nov 11, 2011
    80
    Tripper is a strummy, breezy delight. [#81, p. 55]
  4. Aug 3, 2011
    70
    The past four albums have focused mainly on the singer/songwriter. On Tripper, Johnson turns that formula around and focuses everything outward-the lyrical themes, the more-involved instrumentation and the mood.
  5. 70
    Essentially, Tripper is not a drastic change for Fruit Bats but an homage to expansion and trying new things–while still knowing where home is.
  6. Aug 23, 2011
    68
    The only problem is that Johnson's tales aren't all that hooky. At least, not enough to buoy Tripper's soft and moody music.
  7. Aug 25, 2011
    40
    There's too many synths, too many hooks, and just too much happening for us to enjoy it. The charm is gone, and we're left with a mess too muddy to understand.

See all 27 Critic Reviews

Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Sep 15, 2011
    8
    This album is definitely a departure from prior work, and doesn't have the immediate beauty of, say, "Singing Joy to the World" or the rollicking Allman Bros-esque jamming of their earlier work. But it definitely is growing on me, and its more stylized sound is definitely not a "staying put". Collapse