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Versions of Modern Performance

Horsegirl

Versions of Modern Performance

Debut album from the Chicago rock trio

ADM rating[?]

7.7

Label
Matador
UK Release date
03/06/2022
US Release date
03/06/2022
  1. 9.0 |   Exclaim

    With clear priorities and unsaddled creative impulses, Horsegirl are the authoritative future of noise pop. With their help, we too can run free
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  2. 9.0 |   Northern Transmissions

    By the time you get to the end of the full on shoegaze rave- up “Billy” that closes the album, you will not only be hooked in, but clamoring for more, regardless of when you graduated high school
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  3. 9.0 |   A.V. Club

    They've tapped into the source of indie rock's greatness like few bands have been able to and Versions of Modern Performance isn't merely a homage or a neat trick, it's another very strong, very satisfying link in the chain connecting past to present
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  4. 8.5 |   Under The Radar

    Over the course of the album, Horsegirl show they can tackle all manner of post-punk territory, while never losing focus on the value of a well timed hook or buried melody
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  5. 8.4 |   Beats Per Minute

    They’ve delivered a certain-to-be-beloved debut – one that separates itself from its peers
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  6. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    A debut album drawing on shoegaze, jangle, grunge and alt-rock is saved from nostalgia by the sheer quality of the music
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  7. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    On their first album, the Chicago trio are dead serious about returning a classic sound to its brazen roots
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  8. 8.0 |   Paste Magazine

    The Chicago trio lovingly inhabit punk and no-wave spaces on their well-executed debut LP
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  9. 8.0 |   NME

    The teenage trio's accomplished debut album fizzes with songs that hit the sweet spot between experimental and anthemic
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  10. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    Horsegirl are a band of young women reimagining the guitar music of the late 80s and early 90s in their own, very modern image
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  11. 8.0 |   Mojo

    The trio's debut album is rich in textural sophistication, carving hooks from fidgety harmonics and swooning whammy-bar abuse. Print edition only

  12. 8.0 |   DIY

    A gleaming window into a new generation of great American guitar bands
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  13. 8.0 |   Record Collector

    NEW You’ll do well to hear a better guitar-based debut all year
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  14. 7.3 |   Pitchfork

    Chicago’s Horsegirl mines a loose-limbed indie rock sound on their debut album, with an assist from some members of Sonic Youth
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  15. 7.0 |   Gigwise

    Beautifully unique
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  16. 7.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Versions of Modern Performance isn’t the stuff of pastiche or mimicry; instead the trio doff their caps whilst creating a world entirely of their own
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  17. 6.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    This is a well-oiled creative team, and the fact that they were able to work together to make an album that feels this stylistically-clear is pretty exciting — even if it feels like it leaves something unexplored
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  18. 6.0 |   PopMatters

    Horsegirl’s guitar tones are alternately cool and abrasive, and that sound sets the template for the band’s mixture of indie, punk, and art-rock
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  19. 6.0 |   The Irish Times

    Debut album by Chicago teenage trio shows promise but leans heavily on its influences
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