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  • Summary: The debut six-track EP for the collaboration between Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus was recorded over several days in Los Angeles.
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  1. 100
    Boygenius’ lyrics are so strong, you could close your eyes and skip to any point of any song and find yourself being wowed in one way or another.
  2. Nov 6, 2018
    88
    Bridgers stans a noirish, haunting, folk-pop, Baker an emotionally-scorching rock and Dacus a literary take on guitar music. On boygenius, however, the three become one, miraculously and pristinely so. Bridgers, Baker and Dacus pack a novel’s worth of narrative and as many masterful melodies (not to mention harmonies) into just 21 minutes that will leave you feeling as if you’ve had the wind knocked right out of you.
  3. Entertainment Weekly
    Oct 31, 2018
    83
    If the music here has the ebb and flow of more than one era, the lyrics wield sharper teeth. [2 Nov 2018, p.49]
  4. Oct 31, 2018
    80
    The boygenius EP marks a stunning release from three singular artists. Hearing them integrate their particular gifts would be worth a listen alone, but the performances are so remarkable that the disc's background becomes trivial.
  5. Nov 8, 2018
    80
    It’s when they come together on closer ‘Ketchum, ID’, an ode to the state of Idaho and the detachment of constant touring, that boygenius really comes into its own and sees the project become more than the sum of its parts.
  6. Nov 7, 2018
    80
    Lyrically, all three mine traditionally sombre territory in their solo work, tying into broader cultural conversations regarding gender and mental health, and the words of boygenius maintain the same power and urgency.
  7. Oct 31, 2018
    70
    Musically, the release doesn’t live up to the promise of the vocals. There’s not much here beyond standard indie. Nonetheless, it is very pleasant to listen to.

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  1. Nov 5, 2018
    9
    The trio of Bridgers, Dacus, and Baker work together beautifully, mostly letting their individual talents shine, but occasionally synthesizingThe trio of Bridgers, Dacus, and Baker work together beautifully, mostly letting their individual talents shine, but occasionally synthesizing into something wonderful. They each have their own unique style, both sonically and lyrically, but they complement each other well across the span of the EP. The songwriting is effortless, poignant, and tasteful, as is the production. Expand