15 Songs, 55 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The feelings of isolation and disenchantment Scott Hutchison suffered after moving from Glasgow to L.A. two years ago ring through his band’s fifth album. Co-produced by The National’s Aaron Dessner–who knows a thing or two about gently anthemic, adventurously textured alt-rock–Painting of a Panic Attack frames Hutchison’s anxieties within stately tapestries of soaring melodies, staccato rhythms, jagged riffs, and electronic flourishes. Venturing into shoegazing’s fluting hypnotics, the sweet sorrow of “Get Out” encapsulates the restraint that ensures everything here is emotionally charged without being overdramatic.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The feelings of isolation and disenchantment Scott Hutchison suffered after moving from Glasgow to L.A. two years ago ring through his band’s fifth album. Co-produced by The National’s Aaron Dessner–who knows a thing or two about gently anthemic, adventurously textured alt-rock–Painting of a Panic Attack frames Hutchison’s anxieties within stately tapestries of soaring melodies, staccato rhythms, jagged riffs, and electronic flourishes. Venturing into shoegazing’s fluting hypnotics, the sweet sorrow of “Get Out” encapsulates the restraint that ensures everything here is emotionally charged without being overdramatic.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.
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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
82 Ratings

82 Ratings

*rrrawrrr* ,

A Step Up from a Low Point

This album sounds a bit better than Pedestrian Verse, but just a bit. I'm sure having the talent of The National on production helped, but I can just hear the cynicism, major label input, and commercialization ringing out from these tracks.

It makes me really sad, because prior to signing to Warner, I liked every release these guys did more than their last. The Winter of Mixed Drinks is one of my all time favorite albums, both lyrically and musically. Sadly, that spark is probably gone for good.

They used to be a crazy experimental, heavy hitting indie band with folk roots and cutting, vicious lyrics. Now they're just ready to take their cash and their place in the alt radio airwaves.

Photoslie12 ,

R.I.P. Scott

Thank you for opeing your heart to us through your lyrics in a brilliant and magnificient fashion. You will be sorely missed.

Rolled off Head ,

Holy crap.

If this song is any indication of the rest of the album. I can’t.
I love this band.

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