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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: 31 out of 31
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 31
  3. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. Sep 21, 2020
    100
    Punisher is a product of the times, but it’s also one that could have only been made by Phoebe Bridgers. She’s the only artist I can think of who has the ambition and elegance to tackle two crumbling worlds at the same time: the one in her mind, and the one outside her doorstep. It's an album characterized by its finality; a series of lasts in a time where preparing for the end is starting to feel less and less absurd.
  2. Q Magazine
    Jun 9, 2020
    100
    A masterpiece in mood setting, the apocalyptic Punisher aches with sadness, but Bridgers doesn't wallow. ... The end of the world rarely sounds this good. [Summer 2020, p.106]
  3. Jun 17, 2020
    91
    Punisher is a dazzling record, one filled with sadness but not overwhelmingly so, full of moments that sting the first time you hear them but burrow deeper into the soul with each listen.
  4. Jun 19, 2020
    81
    The main difference between Stranger in the Alps and Punisher is simply maturation of her writing.
  5. Uncut
    Jun 19, 2020
    80
    A deservedly confident album. [Aug 2020, p.28]
  6. Jun 18, 2020
    80
    Already masterful at creating sad, smart songs, Bridgers reaches new depths with Punisher.
  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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 70 out of 80
  2. Negative: 6 out of 80
  1. Jun 18, 2020
    10
    aoty. literally nothing else to say this album is perfect. if you thought stranger in the alps couldn’t be topped this proves everyone wrongaoty. literally nothing else to say this album is perfect. if you thought stranger in the alps couldn’t be topped this proves everyone wrong im so happy for her growth and her music Expand
  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. Jul 10, 2020
    10
    my friend made me listen to it. cried a lot. as an artist I can say it's a great work of art. would love to see more of it. personally Chinesemy friend made me listen to it. cried a lot. as an artist I can say it's a great work of art. would love to see more of it. personally Chinese Satellite was my favorite one. Pheobe, girl twinks love ur music! Expand
  4. Sep 25, 2021
    10
    it’s a haunting emotional trip yet it’s so gorgeous, how an album can pull off both of those simultaneously I don’t know but this is ait’s a haunting emotional trip yet it’s so gorgeous, how an album can pull off both of those simultaneously I don’t know but this is a masterful album in every sense of the word 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 18, 2020
    8
    It’s a fitting soundtrack to our times - building on the beautiful, haunting, alt-folk hymns of her stunning debut. Nothing compares to “SmokeIt’s a fitting soundtrack to our times - building on the beautiful, haunting, alt-folk hymns of her stunning debut. Nothing compares to “Smoke Signals,” but it’s a comfortable record. The highlight is the infectious “Kyoto,” that sounds like it exists in a different world than the rest of the album - a lighter, New Wave-esque tribute to freedom and youth. It’s bleak but calming, and solidifies the artist’s unique, signature sound. Expand
  7. Dec 10, 2020
    0
    So sorry for album "Calligulla" from Lingua Ignota that evenmore tragic and delivers much more expressive and diverse vocal performances. ThisSo sorry for album "Calligulla" from Lingua Ignota that evenmore tragic and delivers much more expressive and diverse vocal performances. This album full of very predictable melodies, she sings the same in all songs, and the decent late 00s style arrangemets doesnt save the situation. Expand

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