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  • Summary: The sixth full-length studio release for the Los Angeles rock band led by Mikel Jollett is its first without Anna Bulbrook, who left in September 2019 to pursue her own projects.
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  1. 90
    An hour of sheer roar-along brilliance. ... Stupendous. [Jun 2020, p.88]
  2. May 27, 2020
    80
    This is Jollett and his band accessing their very best traits while achieving a sense of resolution, and it’s a gorgeous thing to behold.
  3. May 27, 2020
    80
    It can get a bit messy at times, but if you like the sound of The National channeling Bruce Springsteen at a rowdy barroom hoedown then this could be one for you.
  4. May 27, 2020
    70
    Ultimately, while not pushing beyond well-worn genre expectations, Hollywood Park does present the Airborne Toxic Event at their most sincere and vulnerable.
  5. Jun 5, 2020
    70
    Hollywood Park dials back the trashy glam rock of its predecessor in favor of big earnest indie rock with the occasional flourish of gothic folk and Americana-laced post-punk.
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  1. May 31, 2020
    10
    Best album by any artist of 2020 thus far, and a career highlight for the band, eclipsing their peppy, hook-filled self-titled debut. A longBest album by any artist of 2020 thus far, and a career highlight for the band, eclipsing their peppy, hook-filled self-titled debut. A long period of inactivity has followed a couple of lacklustre albums, all of which have exacerbated the triumph of this release. The band’s most stirring and touching output to date can be found within, but it’s not a maudlin album by any stretch. Oftentimes deeply personal lyrics which allude to charismatic frontman Mikel Jollett’s troubled childhood (as detailed in the book of the same name) are delivered in terrifically radio-friendly packages. It’s an album of constantly shifting dynamics, not only between songs, but often within them, and this makes for a thrilling listen - and yet the finished product feels absolutely coherent. It’s intriguing, it’s engaging, it’s instantly satisfying, but repeated listens truly reveal the intricate joys found within. Expand