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  • Summary: The fifth full-length release for the New York City indie rock artist was recorded with producer Patrick Hyland.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 30
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 30
  3. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. Aug 17, 2018
    100
    Mitski’s songwriting trademarks are strong enough to transcend the stylistic revamp--arrangements that are rich without being precious (Pink in the Night), plus her terrifically mordant worldview.
  2. 100
    Be the Cowboy shows that love and loss can be grand and small at the same time. That two minutes is more than enough time to melt down emotion into a pure concentrate and nearly drown yourself in it. That every moment can be a epic love story, that every heartbreak can be as hard and small as a pearl and just as coveted.
  3. Aug 17, 2018
    90
    Though it’s a record perspiring uncertainty and the fear of becoming stagnant, Be The Cowboy is Mitski’s most personal and confrontational thus far. It’s violently poignant and the mark of an artist who’s barely tapped into her singularity.
  4. Aug 14, 2018
    80
    Decidedly more disco for Mitski, Be the Cowboy is a showdown of electrowave and her signature fretwork that brings a pop pep to heartbreak and humanity’s greatest gluttonies. With that formidable force of a voice, she forces us all to be the cowboy and lament for a while.
  5. 80
    Be The Cowboy is a standout because of its restlessness, Mitski winding each lonely melody through the peripatetic music and always landing someplace unexpectedly moving.
  6. Aug 15, 2018
    80
    The album is all the more impressive because her words and music are meticulously calculated, expertly arranged and still filled with feeling.
  7. Uncut
    Aug 13, 2018
    70
    [The songs] all feel very much of a piece thanks to the coherence fostered by Mitski's high but agile voice and wry, self-deprecating humour. [Sep 2018, p.35]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Aug 18, 2018
    10
    Wonderful album. Synchronic, well elaborated, smooth and shocking. Mitski did a beautiful job on it. His only mistake is to be too short.
  2. Aug 17, 2018
    10
    So raw and unpolished yet so sad and meaningful. A really great album. Possibly AOTY
  3. Sep 23, 2018
    10
    This is a formidable record: all tracks are composed in a minimalistic way, and despite of their length, they fill all of the void of Mitski'sThis is a formidable record: all tracks are composed in a minimalistic way, and despite of their length, they fill all of the void of Mitski's emotions and complexities. Expand
  4. Aug 17, 2018
    10
    filling this space just to say the only word that comes close to describe mitski: iconic.
  5. Aug 19, 2018
    9
    That voice and charisma, utterly charming .
  6. Aug 17, 2018
    9
    I swear Mitski's music is the soundtrack to my non-existent love life. Be the Cowboy, the singer-songwriter's most musically diverse projectI swear Mitski's music is the soundtrack to my non-existent love life. Be the Cowboy, the singer-songwriter's most musically diverse project to date, further solidifies Miyawaki's status as a poet laureate of the contemporary music world. She has mastered the art of taking complex, intensely personal emotions and imbuing them with a universality of experience unparalleled by today's artists. She's firing on all cylinders on this record, one of 2018's best. Bravo, Mitski.

    Highlights include 'Geyser,' 'Washing Machine Heart,' and 'Two Slow Dancers'.
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  7. Sep 11, 2018
    7
    Unfortunately, the songs should all be longer- 2 and a half minutes is not a satisfying listen for most of these tunes. otherwise it's great.

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