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  • Summary: The third full-length release for the Los Angeles-based indie rock duo of Cleo Tucker and Harmony Tividad was produced with David Tolomei.
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Pretty
I see you in my dreams This life is pretty Talk to me Tell my any story See me You dont have to be alone We sat on cold concrete I could only stare... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. 83
    The central conceit of the album is one of growing up. This comes through on a track-by-track basis, like on “All Blacked Out”, an older, folksy demo expanded in its new form into something much richer. But it’s also a sweeping feeling that the arc of the album as a whole supports, as it travels from gritty early tracks like “Lucy’s” and “Pretty”--a lovely, economical introduction to the band’s style--toward more exploratory ventures, like “What Chaos Is Imaginary” and the adventurous development of “Swamp and Bay”.
  2. Feb 1, 2019
    80
    On What Chaos Is Imaginary, Tucker and Tividad have created an album that find the duo embracing their personal changes while still writing honest and deep lyrics. The harmonies and melodies on the album are far above those on past albums.
  3. Feb 4, 2019
    80
    Folk-rock, synth-pop, and more mature delves into the post-punk spectrum of alternative rock are all explored in What Chaos Is Imaginary. Each song is a new chapter offering insight into the multi-dimensional world that is Girlpool--and every one is more intricate, more complex, more captivating than the last.
  4. Feb 1, 2019
    70
    Throughout the album, Girlpool illustrate the struggles of navigating expectations amidst the personal and musical changes Tucker and Tividad have undergone in the past few years. The result is an impressive balancing act, a sound grounded in the band’s tradition that is nevertheless constantly pushing forward.
  5. Feb 6, 2019
    70
    What Chaos Is Imaginary serves as an important document of the Girlpool narrative: a juncture in the band’s career that highlights the emotional (and in Tucker’s case, physical) changes its artists are reckoning with as their success grows in the indie community.
  6. Feb 8, 2019
    67
    Girlpool’s trajectory from Before the World Was Big to What Chaos Is Imaginary proves how an album can be many things: a meticulously cohesive monologue delivered by multiple voices, or a notebook stuffed full of intriguing yet somewhat dispersed ideas. What Chaos falls into the latter category, though its title includes a self-referential wink that implies the band both perceives and embraces the work’s disarray.
  7. Jan 31, 2019
    60
    The album points to the potential of future solo albums from both Girlpool members. Even though some of the huge shake-ups of instrumentation and songwriting styles work well, Tucker and Tividad rarely sound like they're connecting and it makes What Chaos Is Imaginary harder to connect with.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
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  1. Mar 11, 2019
    8
    A good album, continuing Girlpool’s tradition of simple yet witty lyrics. As Cleo’s voice has adapted with their hormonal therapy and changesA good album, continuing Girlpool’s tradition of simple yet witty lyrics. As Cleo’s voice has adapted with their hormonal therapy and changes their singing range, each member now takes turn in leading songs. Whilst each Cleo and Harmony have strong individual tracks, at times it can feel disjointed. Nonetheless, some of the catchiest tracks from this group. Highlights being Hire, Pretty and Stale Device. Expand
  2. Feb 8, 2019
    7
    Damn, this is just a genuinely pleasant album. This LA-based duo gives you something a little bit different with every track which means mostDamn, this is just a genuinely pleasant album. This LA-based duo gives you something a little bit different with every track which means most people will find something that they will enjoy over the course of this album. WCII ebbs and flows from distorted indie-rock to folk driven lullabies, then wrap this present up with a bow of harmonies and acoustic guitar and you got yourself a pretty solid gift. 7.5 out of 10
    Tracks to Enjoy: “Where You Sink”, “Lucky Joke”, & “Hoax and the Shrine”
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  3. Feb 1, 2019
    6
    It's not a bad album but something feels off. Some songs are pretty good and unique like Hire, Pretty and All black out but most of the songsIt's not a bad album but something feels off. Some songs are pretty good and unique like Hire, Pretty and All black out but most of the songs sound the same. Not a bad listen but not a strong one. Expected more Expand