User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 45 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 45
  2. Negative: 2 out of 45
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  1. May 29, 2015
    8
    While it does have catchy guitar lines, clean production, and memorable songwriting, the key factor that makes Painted Shut great is the energetic and eccentric vocal presentation from frontwoman Frances Quinlan. Easily one of the best indie rock albums of the year and of recent memory.
  2. Sep 29, 2015
    10
    What is up with this?! I have never enjoy straight-forward alternative rock since I've first listened bands like Spoon or Sleater-Kinney. Frances Quinlan really grows on you, she really suffers, and combined with the amazingly arranged harmonies and hooks, you really end up falling for this band. Every song is a new door you open and found that inside that room, there's more doors to open,What is up with this?! I have never enjoy straight-forward alternative rock since I've first listened bands like Spoon or Sleater-Kinney. Frances Quinlan really grows on you, she really suffers, and combined with the amazingly arranged harmonies and hooks, you really end up falling for this band. Every song is a new door you open and found that inside that room, there's more doors to open, finding something exciting every time. This along with No Cities to Love (S-K), and Courtney Barnett's debut, really gives me high hopes about alternative rock bands, say all feminine or with a front-woman, which we should all listen to. Expand
  3. Sep 16, 2015
    10
    honestly probably the best album of the year, the instrument play is great and the lead singers voice is so unique and great. i love this album been listening to it all day long for about a week now nonstop. it's such a great piece of art.

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Metascore
87

Universal acclaim - based on 13 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Dec 22, 2015
    90
    It's easy to sound hyperbolic when describing the impact of Quinlan's voice, but she really does prove herself to be among the most captivating rock singers of her generation on Painted Shut. That her vocals are very nearly equaled by the music and the subject matter makes this album a notable one.
  2. Jul 8, 2015
    80
    Central bulbs in the now-blinding chandelier of Philly indie-punk, Hop Along’s thrilling sophomore effort plays out like sonic arrhythmia.
  3. Uncut
    May 28, 2015
    80
    The songs are underpinned by euphoric, tangled guitar rock a la Japandroids, transformed by Quinlan's defiant joy. [Jul 2015, p.77]