• Record Label: Yep Roc
  • Release Date: Apr 21, 2017
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
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  1. Apr 25, 2017
    9
    Beautiful new record by Hitchcock, who has had quite the revival of late. Both 2013's Love from London and 2006's Ole Tarantula were great comebacks showing Hitchcock never really went anywhere in the first place. With this new record, each song is a pleasant surprise, and none of them are boring or unnecessary! It's a great listen and one can see why its Self Titled as it defines hisBeautiful new record by Hitchcock, who has had quite the revival of late. Both 2013's Love from London and 2006's Ole Tarantula were great comebacks showing Hitchcock never really went anywhere in the first place. With this new record, each song is a pleasant surprise, and none of them are boring or unnecessary! It's a great listen and one can see why its Self Titled as it defines his psychedelic style so definitively. Best tracks: 1970 in Aspic, I Pray When Im Drunk, Autumn Sunglasses, Mad Shelley's Letterbox Expand
  2. Apr 27, 2017
    10
    Loving this new record! Mr Hitchcock and producer Brendan Benson have at times, to these ears, captured the "Beatlessence" of mid-Sixties psychedelia combined with rich, crackling guitars. Not a bad track here, although some do stand out more than others. My personal faves: 'Virginia Woolf', 'Mad Shelley's Letter Box', 'Autumn Sunglasses' and closer 'Time Coast.' Hitchcock once againLoving this new record! Mr Hitchcock and producer Brendan Benson have at times, to these ears, captured the "Beatlessence" of mid-Sixties psychedelia combined with rich, crackling guitars. Not a bad track here, although some do stand out more than others. My personal faves: 'Virginia Woolf', 'Mad Shelley's Letter Box', 'Autumn Sunglasses' and closer 'Time Coast.' Hitchcock once again proves to be the love child of John Lennon and Syd Barrett. Expand
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80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. The Wire
    Aug 8, 2017
    70
    The first half of the album presents a disparate sequence of songs, the punky “I Want To Tell You About Want I Want” mixing with a rather laboured piece about Virginia Woolf’s and Sylvia Plath’s suicides (“Virginia Woolf”). ... This second half finds Hitchcock at his most purposeful. [May 2017, p.46]
  2. Apr 21, 2017
    80
    If you’re a Robyn Hitchcock fan, this album is an affirmation of his continued skill and talent. If you’re a newbie, buy this album and then buy all the others. It’s a wonderfully twisted ride.
  3. Apr 21, 2017
    83
    He’s been doing that for years now, but on his 21st record, he again accomplishes that goal in his own inimitable style, still mining the uncommon depths and winning melodies within his own bizarre parameters.