• Record Label: RCA
  • Release Date: May 7, 2013
Metascore
87

Universal acclaim - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. A lark evolves into a business proposition as an album of 10 inspired three-minute songs eventuates in an album of 12 expert three-and-a-half-min​ute songs.
  2. May 7, 2013
    91
    The trio’s second album, Annie Up, (thankfully) picks up where their debut, Hell on Heels, left off, offering more engaging studies of real-life heartbreak, domestic inertia and the daily trials of womanhood.
  3. 91
    Annie Up is a more fully formed take on Southern sisterhood.
  4. May 7, 2013
    90
    The camaraderie of the Pistol Annies cuts deep--they're a gang, encouraging the other two not to talk about Tina, praising sobriety, realizing life goes on even when love leaves--and that gives Annie Up a bruised, beautiful richness.
  5. 88
    Their switchblade-sharp vision incorporates acute observational powers about the human condition and savvy compositional skills that come together in songs that are piercingly honest, funny and sometimes both.
  6. May 16, 2013
    81
    They’re too big to fail though, so lightning half-strikes plenty here.
  7. May 16, 2013
    80
    The songwriting paints in broader strokes than the hyper-specific character studies of the debut. What the Annies lose there they gain in fuller, more ambitious arrangements.
  8. May 15, 2013
    80
    What they might lose in flair, they gain in severity, perspective, focus and the strength of their connection to the well of deep sadness at the center of the country-music tradition.
  9. May 9, 2013
    70
    Though it's not exactly Leave Home to its predecessor's Ramones, Annie Up is still a pretty tasty serving of grits and sass.
  10. May 7, 2013
    70
    Like its 2011 debut, full of attitude and guffaws, delivered in three-part harmony over down-home country.... But there's pathos beneath the jokes.
  11. May 7, 2013
    70
    If Annie Up doesn't quite break the country genre's familiar format, it's a hell of a lot of fun, and one could do worse than spend 40 minutes with these sassy almost-outlaws.
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Jul 12, 2013
    6
    The Pistol Annies is a very Frustrating group. They make greats song (lyrics, voices, and instrumentals). Songs like "Unhappily married," "SinThe Pistol Annies is a very Frustrating group. They make greats song (lyrics, voices, and instrumentals). Songs like "Unhappily married," "Sin coming on" and "Hush Hush," then the rest of the album is just "ok." Which would be fine you other artists but for them it seems effortless Full Review »
  2. Jul 7, 2013
    7
    These three women have a definitive knack for melody, both in their vocal harmonies and their surprisingly skillful guitar playing, and theirThese three women have a definitive knack for melody, both in their vocal harmonies and their surprisingly skillful guitar playing, and their defiant spunk is just as cliche as it is fun to listen to. It doesn't come without its share of filler, but this album is a bright spot in an otherwise despicably bland genre. Full Review »