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  • Summary: The latest release for the New York indie pop project of Greta Kline is its first on the Sub Pop label.
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
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  1. Mar 27, 2018
    85
    Kline’s lyrics, underscored by offbeat, Phil Elverum-like vocal delivery, teeter on an exquisite line between goofiness and sharp honesty, mundanity and magic. In the end, it comes down hard on the side of magic.
  2. Mar 29, 2018
    80
    While the band's involvement, particularly more active drums, help the sound lean forward, Frankie Cosmos' essential musical qualities remain: hooky melodies, a disarming lyrical style, and impressive efficiency (Vessel's 18 tracks clock in at 33 minutes).
  3. Mar 27, 2018
    80
    With a staggering 18 songs, Vessel may appear daunting at first, but quickly proves itself to be a sharp and smooth listen.
  4. Mar 30, 2018
    80
    It’s the fuller pieces that really make you want to keep coming back.
  5. Mar 29, 2018
    78
    Vessel is not the first album I would suggest to an uninitiated Frankie Cosmos fan. Still, as with any great book or television series, you want to continue following along, even if the best place to start is at the beginning.
  6. Mar 30, 2018
    75
    Some of her ditties don’t even top a minute, as in the appealing piano plinks of “Ur Up,” and some of her rhyme schemes can get a bit laborious.
  7. 50
    It results in a pleasant, but mostly quite forgettable listen.

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  1. Apr 18, 2018
    10
    Each Frankie Cosmos album expertly captures the highs and lows of a unique time in lead singer Greta Kline's life, and "Vessel" is noEach Frankie Cosmos album expertly captures the highs and lows of a unique time in lead singer Greta Kline's life, and "Vessel" is no exception. The quirky, poetic lyrics and vibrant, catchy melodies in "Vessel" weave together to form an album that isn't so much a linear story as it is an authentic tug of war of emotion.

    While a few songs, including "Jesse," the first single released from the album, seem reminiscent of "Next Thing," it's clear that Frankie Cosmos as a band has worked hard to add a new layer of complexity to their sound, increasingly evident in songs like "Apathy" and "Cafeteria."

    However, throughout "Vessel," there's an overwhelming sense that even as Frankie Cosmos grows, they know who they are. This sense of identity comes through in their lyrics, like those referencing JoJo the dog in "Bus Bus Train Train," and in their careful rerecording of "Duet," one of Kline's older songs.

    The album is all about questioning and struggling, but one thing is clear: Frankie Cosmos isn't running away from their old sound. The sound is evolving along with them.
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  2. May 20, 2018
    7
    Frankie Cosmos has released an album that is cute and catchy, yet at times childish and distracted. 'Vessel' feels like it was written by aFrankie Cosmos has released an album that is cute and catchy, yet at times childish and distracted. 'Vessel' feels like it was written by a pouty teenager who is grounded in their room. Angsty enough that they think about escaping, but too scared to actually disobey the parents. Expand