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Universal acclaim- based on 102 Ratings

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  • Summary: The second full-length solo release for the singer-songwriter features contributions from Julien Baker, Lucy Dacus, Christian Lee Hutson, Jim Keltner, Warpint's Jenny Lee Lindberg, Blake Mills, Conor Oberst, Bright Eyes' Nathaniel Walcott, and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Nick Zinner.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 30
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 30
  3. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. Jun 19, 2020
    100
    Bridgers’s modernity is actually a kind of timelessness, yet delivered in an emotional and lyrical lexicon that speaks directly to this moment.
  2. Jun 18, 2020
    96
    One of the year’s best.
  3. 90
    What I think makes this album stand out just a bit more, edgier and whatnot, from her debut three years ago in Stranger in the Alps is there's a fearlessness to embrace the mainstream aesthetic just a bit more. Not something like Lana del Rey's style or that kind of thing, but a more contemporary, alternative and dare I say poppy sound.
  4. Jun 17, 2020
    80
    The maturation of Bridgers' craft, and influence of her peers, is apparent on Punisher. The songs alternate between tightly wound pop-rock ("Kyoto") and a soft concoction of folk-rock ("Savior Complex") and both sides feel focused and sturdy. Bridgers keeps getting better and Punisher affirms this.
  5. Jun 22, 2020
    80
    Punisher is a worthy follow-up to Bridgers’ impressive debut, building upon her distinctive style of storytelling while adding a bit more flavor. Though mostly soft and measured, the poetic imagery and occasional bursts of dynamism keep the album from ever getting dull.
  6. Jun 19, 2020
    80
    Bridgers is ironically at her best on Punisher when she finds herself the most disoriented.
  7. Jun 19, 2020
    70
    Too many of the songs’ flourishes are really just tricks of production rather than genuine songwriting ingenuity. Her ability to turn a phrase, her gorgeous voice, and her sheer charm can justify a lot, but she needs more than those tricks in her bag to sustain what will hopefully be a long and fruitful career.

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  1. Positive: 25 out of 25
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  1. Jun 18, 2020
    10
    Equal parts grand, intimate, dark, & humorous, Punisher is an emo-indie-folk masterpiece that feels like an extended exhale after a good cry.
  2. Jun 18, 2020
    10
    i feel so strongly about this album that i decided to make an account just to review it. that alone should be enough to explain how absolutelyi feel so strongly about this album that i decided to make an account just to review it. that alone should be enough to explain how absolutely stunningly phenomenal this record is. it’s incredibly timely and although it feels very sad (much like its predecessor, stranger in the alps), it’s a different kind of sad. these aren’t originally my words, but i think it would be apt to articulate stranger in the alps as a “winter sadness” record, whereas punisher feels to me more like a “summer sadness” record. where stranger in the alps feels cold, this record feels hot.

    i also think every second of punisher feels just as rewarding as the highest highs of phoebe’s debut; she seems to have grown tremendously as a songwriter and it shows.

    my expectations for this record was very very high, and it still managed to blow me out of the water. probable album of the year, in my opinion.
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  3. Jun 19, 2020
    10
    Phoebe uses hyper-specific lyrics to encapsulate universal emotions that most can’t put words to. The album is a lyrical voyage that leavesPhoebe uses hyper-specific lyrics to encapsulate universal emotions that most can’t put words to. The album is a lyrical voyage that leaves you sad, hopeful, and seen— all at the same time. Expand
  4. Jun 27, 2020
    10
    this album is extremely emotionally potent, especially for people who are also in their mid 20s and go through struggles with themselves andthis album is extremely emotionally potent, especially for people who are also in their mid 20s and go through struggles with themselves and surrounding. the instrumentals always perfectly match the mood she wants to convey, so that even minimal melodies leave a mark on you. Expand
  5. Jun 18, 2020
    10
    easily the album of the year. phoebe bridgers manages to reinvent her sound without abandoning her past completely. it's an album that soundseasily the album of the year. phoebe bridgers manages to reinvent her sound without abandoning her past completely. it's an album that sounds extremely recent and aware of our current political climate. "punisher" is phoebe bridgers' most cohesive work yet. Expand
  6. Jun 30, 2020
    9
    This is my first venture into Phoebe Bridgers music and I have to say im thoroughly impressed. this is one of the most beautiful and calmingThis is my first venture into Phoebe Bridgers music and I have to say im thoroughly impressed. this is one of the most beautiful and calming indie rock albums I’ve heard, and its just quality from start to finish. This album puts you into a stupor where all your anxieties and problems are put on hold while you enjoy this project at peace. I would highly recommend. 91/100

    Favorite tracks - Kyoto, Chinese satellite, Savior complex, ICU, I know the end, Halloween, Moon song, Garden song, punisher

    There wasn’t a song I didn’t like
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  7. Jun 21, 2020
    8
    I wasn't expecting to enjoy this album as much as I did but I've been pleasantly surprised. I love the use of minimal electronic textures inI wasn't expecting to enjoy this album as much as I did but I've been pleasantly surprised. I love the use of minimal electronic textures in the production and the instrumental flourishes like strings or horn sections to create a grand atmospheric sound. A lovely emo indie folk record that's great for night time listening. Expand

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