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Grim Town


Grim Town

Second album from Derry singer-songwriter Bridie Monds-Watson produced by Ant Whiting (John Newman, Rizzle Kicks, MIA)

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  1. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    The interplay of frayed confessional tenacity with pristine production polish reinforces this ambiguity, a tension that secures this as a confident follow-up to an acclaimed 2015 breakthrough
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  2. 8.0 |   The Independent

    Musically, she’s developed her arrangements and become bolder, too
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  3. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    Our guide steers us through the limbo between growing and grown up, which she calls Grim Town
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  4. 8.0 |   All Music

    With its mix of catchy and moving songs, an artful structure, and a way with words, Grim Town delivers a piece of Zeitgeist as well as a solid set of tunes
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  5. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    Her writing is as rich as ever but it’s SOAK sense of boldness on Grim Town that feels like major step on her creative odyssey
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  6. 8.0 |   Q

    On this excellent record, she maps a route forward. Print edition only

  7. 7.4 |   Paste Magazine

    Grim Town makes growing up seem—well, grim—but Monds-Watson skillfully captures its bitter realities as well as the stirring memories that become life fuel
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  8. 7.3 |   Pitchfork

    The Northern Irish musician graduates from lonesome singer-songwriter to bold art-pop auteur; her growing confidence translates to emotionally probing songs of startling candor
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  9. 7.0 |   The Music

    There’s nothing wrong with being ambitious, but trimming the fat is an important skill that, once SOAK learns, will vastly improve her output
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  10. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    SOAK's second album, Grim Town, belies its pessimistic title with some jaunty and bracing anthems of escape and liberation
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  11. 7.0 |   Clash

    The melodies are intoxicating and their ability to wind and intertwine is captivating, but it’s Monds-Watson’s vocals that are the real star
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  12. 7.0 |   Exclaim

    Grim Town is a concept in itself: it is a fictitious location, an embodiment of feeling that has been brought to life by the sentiment and memory that revolve around it
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  13. 7.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    For all the sadness, some of Grim Town’s best moments are found in defiance and victory
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  14. 7.0 |   Earbuddy

    Grim Town is her idea of a dystopian environment, but it also pulls a lot of inspiration from her own hometown of Derry
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  15. 7.0 |   DIY

    The album mixes together glossy, upbeat production with tales of disappointment, confusion and intergenerational angst
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  16. 6.8 |   Northern Transmission

    There are definite moments of strength and potential, especially in her maturing production, though a few strong trees don’t make a forest.
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