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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: 56 out of 64
  2. Negative: 4 out of 64
  1. 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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  2. Oct 30, 2020
    10
    Es un disco precioso. Phoebe hizo un trabajo maravillo, y más considerando que el indie o el folk es un género en el que cuesta destacar y noEs un disco precioso. Phoebe hizo un trabajo maravillo, y más considerando que el indie o el folk es un género en el que cuesta destacar y no sonar igual a otros. Expand
  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. Mar 4, 2021
    10
    This album is very special to me, it helped with so much last year and this year, i found it a fantastic record to listen to... and apart fromThis album is very special to me, it helped with so much last year and this year, i found it a fantastic record to listen to... and apart from my personal opinions, this is a very well-made album, the songwriting, the production, the story-telling feeling, phoebe's vocals and the general instrumentation of the songs makes it stand out and be part of the best albums we had on 2020 Expand
  5. Sep 8, 2020
    9
    Everything about this album is both soothing yet haunting. The production has this airy, almost psychedelic vibe to it that makes you feelEverything about this album is both soothing yet haunting. The production has this airy, almost psychedelic vibe to it that makes you feel like you’re floating. The standout track for me has to be ‘I know the end’ though- an outstanding outro that is reminiscent of Sufjan Steven’s ‘Illoino’. Brilliant! Expand
  6. Dec 3, 2020
    8
    This album is extremely beautiful. Perfect album to listen to on a winter evening. Feel like I'll be coming back to this album for years to come!
  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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