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Suicide

Suicide

1977

Suicide

Album Summary

Suicide is the debut studio album from the American rock band Suicide. It was released in 1977 on Red Star Records and produced by Craig Leon and Marty Thau. The album was recorded in four days at Ultima Sound Studios in New York and featured Martin Rev's minimalist electronics and harsh, repetitive rhythms paired with Alan Vega's rock and roll-inspired vocals and depictions of urban life. Upon its initial release, Suicide was greeted with positive reception from the UK press, but received mixed reviews in the United States, where it failed to chart. However, the album would soon be regarded as a milestone in electronic and rock music. In 2013, Pitchfork named Suicide one of the greatest albums of the 1970s, while in 2012 and 2020, Rolling Stone ranked it as one of the 500 greatest albums of all time. The album also influenced artists in various genres, including Bruce Springsteen, the Fleshtones, Spacemen 3, and Peaches.

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Rating

2.57

Votes

5120

Genres

  • Rock
  • Punk
  • Electronica
  • Post Punk
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Fri Jan 22 2021
1

Album cover was cooler than any of the music. Tried to respect the experimentation aspect considering this was the 70's, but still not a fan. || I Would've given it a 2 but 'girl' and especially 'frankie teardrop' felt like something you would play on loop to drive someone mad. Certainly started to...

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Wed Jul 28 2021
1

The first note of the first song had me intrigued but it quickly got really bad after that. This seems to be a pattern with bands I haven't heard of on this list. Anyway, this whole album was awful. "Girl" might be the worst song I've ever heard. "Frankie Teardrop" was kind of interesting but still terrible. Unnecessary screaming everywhere.

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Thu Jan 28 2021
5

Music That Makes You Feel Feral But In A Good Way

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Fri Feb 05 2021
5

I'm listening to the debut album by Suicide from 1977. I believe the album is called Suicide as well. I've been reading about this album and listening to the first song. So far it's right up my alley. "Musically, Suicide has been described as synth-punk, electronic rock, and synth-pop, while also being labeled electronic and minimalist." It's scratching the itch this morning. It's fun to hear some of the origins of the music I really enjoy. It's alien and pulsating and the words are spoken. Why have I never heard of this music? It goes to show that there will be always new music to discover in life. This doesn't sound like music that came out the same year Star Wars was released. It sounds very fresh and clearly the blueprint for a lot of the music I've loved over the years. I'm all in on this.

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Fri May 07 2021
5

Spectacular. Original. Menacing.

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Thu May 27 2021
2

At least it's better than dylan

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Wed Nov 10 2021
1

I give 5 stars to anyone who was able to get through this album. This was a tough listen and I usually like the weird shit. I get that it was probably ground-breaking when it came out because I really back in 1977 but I can't see how anyone can get any pleasure from listening to this.

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Wed Nov 10 2021
1

Wow. This is... awful. The synth is annoying. The screaming is jarring. I mean, I totally get why this was ground-breaking for 1977, but it is just... annoying. I almost had to stop it at least twice, wondering if I wanted to continue. Yuck.

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Fri Jan 29 2021
5

kinda weird idk

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Fri Dec 10 2021
5

This album is so ridiculously ahead of its time. It honestly blew me away. The music builds gradually allowing the listener to hear the layers of distorted and electronic music. The vocal delivery seems punk and spoken word influenced.

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Thu May 19 2022
5

Wow. Weird. But goddamn if it isn't tightly wound and experimenting in the right places.

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Fri Feb 19 2021
3

If only there was some sort of suicide prevention hotline that could have been called to stop this abomination from being made. RIP mum .

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Thu Jan 27 2022
2

The initial opening of Ghost Rider had me thinking this could be good, but fast went downhill from there. I did wonder if this could be one of those "so bad it's good" albums, guess that depends if your an experimental synth-punk sadist or not.

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Wed Jun 01 2022
5

This is the debut album from the New York-based band Suicide which is composed of vocalist Alan Vega and instrumentalist Martin Rev. The music is described as synth-punk, no wave, electronic rock, synth-pop and minimalist. The music is basically a repetitive rhythm, a few synthesizers sounding like an organ, xylophone or some other instrument and lyrics which are minimal, repetitive and sometimes screamed. The one thing this music does do is create an atmosphere which is very eerie and haunting. Hypnotic is also a good descriptor. This album is considered an electronic music landmark and was highly influential to a lot of artists...I hear that. By the way, this album and music totally work for me. To experience this album and music, it really needs to be listened to. How can I convince anyone that repetitive drums with random noises and screams is great music? Maybe I will. "Ghost Rider" starts out like electronic music and punk had a baby with a driving beat, amped up synthesizer and Alan Vega using very few lyrics in a very repetitive way and in a lot a ways felt like trying to translate a Wiliam Gibson novel (aka cyberpunk) into music. Early 90's Trent Reznor and Nine Inch Nails were listening. "Cheree" has a Kraftwerk-Autobahn-type synthesizer sound, is a love song and adds a nice xylophone to the chorus. It is very hypnotic and somehow, it works. "Frankie Teardrop" may be the scariest song I've ever heard. It starts with a repetitive synth-sound which sounds like it's stuck. The song is about Frankie who has a family, loses his job, gets a gun and very bad things happen after that. It's a 10-minute long song with the last four minutes being bloodcurling screams and random and weird synthesizer sounds. Bruce Springsteen based a song on his "Nebraska " album on this song and Henry Rollins described it as the most intense song he's ever heard. I'd agree. This album is not for everyone but it is highly influential and definitely an artistic achievement.

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Fri Aug 20 2021
4

A classic- not for everyday listening but when I'm in the mood there is nothing else like it.

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Fri Feb 18 2022
2

Man, that first track was awesome. The second track was... Well, it was good too. Kinda experimental acid rock bust still good. Then the whole thing went off the rails. Every track to the end of the record was worse than the one that proceeded it. Half-baked song ideas with repetitive sentence fragments thrown on top of them masquerading as "experimental" when, in fact, they were just banged out with no actual craftsmanship applied. Two stars. One for each track that was actually half decent.

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Thu Oct 01 2020
5

Essential

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Fri Jan 22 2021
5

From the first few seconds I already liked it. We'll see how the rest is. Old school electronic combined with punk. Very cool album! Added to my collection.

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Wed Mar 10 2021
5

Love this, great organ sounds and atmosphere.

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Wed Feb 02 2022
5

Never heard of this, but it's been great. Dig the electronic components.

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Thu Mar 17 2022
5

Super Gucci.

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Sun Mar 20 2022
5

Wild!

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Thu Aug 04 2022
5

1977!? Are you freaking kidding me? 1977! So far ahead of its time! Pretty sure I didn't appreciate Suicide the first time I heard them, but they've really grown on me. Very much an acquired taste - I bet there are a thousand horrified one star reviews! 🤣 Fave track - "Ghost Rider" or "Cheree" for more casual listening, "Frankie Teardrop" for a listening experience that breaks into your house and tools you up with a lead pipe.

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Fri Jan 22 2021
4

Big fuzzy all-encompassing synth is right up my alley so this album felt like something I could really sink into and let swallow me up. Suicide seems more like an artistic experiment in music than a straight up and down band you throw on to groove too. I feel like its definitely an act you had to see live to truly appreciate. Yes Frankie Teardrop is pretty unlistenable but I would say pretty damn successful at conveying the feeling and putting you in the headspace of a family killer who’s in hell. “Cheree” is dark and sweet and I loved it. Gonna plug my favorite podcast here too, No Dogs in Space. Great punk history show that does deep dive series on a bunch of early punk bands including Suicide. Check it out for these dudes wild story.

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Thu Aug 05 2021
4

FRANKIE!!!!!!!

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Wed Dec 08 2021
4

Intressant, lät inte som att det skulle ha kommit ut 1977.

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Sun Sep 11 2022
4

A really enjoyable and interesting experimental synth album with legitimately innovative and pleasing tracks like "Cheree" and frightening tracks essential yet you must only listen to once like "Girl" or "Frankie Teardrop." Sounds a lot like a more advanced and sophisticated Silver Apples. As an art piece, I'd enjoy the whole experience. On repeated listens, I might skip a few. But really, the album is so short that even just skipping "Frankie Teardrop", the 21-minute remainder flies by, especially with how the subtle changes in each song keep each track interesting. Let's hear it for Frankie.

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Sun Sep 11 2022
4

Influential album, yadda yadda. Yeah, we all know this by now - but.. One noteworthy feature of this album is "Frankie Teardrop" - a demented little song of around ten minutes long - and probably one of the toughest listens from the album I've listened so far. Frankie kills his six month old baby and his wife with a gun at minute four. At that point - you have another six minutes of the song. At my many attempts over the years to get through the song, this was probably the first time I made it. Happy not to do it again. Which brings one to the point that this is a seminal record - nary a rudimentary drum machine - some occasional guitar and Alan Vega's echo-laden screaming and singing - a ghostly ethereal soundtrack from hell - truly one of the ballsiest and toughest punk album out there. Scarier than Iggy Pop on a drug binge - it's like what the Doors in a fever dream after a night in hell might sound like. Great great stuff, but a tough listen.

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Fri Dec 17 2021
2

Not a big fan of these experimental punk albums but I appreciate their influence. Favorite Track: Relisten: No

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Wed Mar 23 2022
1

Made me want to throw the rope up. Does exactly what it says on the tin 👍🏾

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Wed Apr 06 2022
1

I award this album no stars and may god have mercy on your soul

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Thu Sep 30 2021
5

ну ваще кайф, просто рил щит, монотонно, грязно, прям как и вся моя жалкая жизёнка

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Wed Jun 08 2022
5

I am very excited to read the reviews on this one. Somehow I'm guessing that there's not going to be a lot of middle ground between love and hate. I'm one of the people that love this band, and this album in particular. Suicide was one of the bands that helped form the late 70s punk scene in New York. No one has ever sounded like them since. Suicide is a beautiful combination of idiosyncrasies that can never be replicated. The perfect people at the perfect time, with perfect ideas about music and perfectly shitty equipment 5/5

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Thu Aug 04 2022
5

Really enjoyed this, way ahead of it's time.

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Sun Sep 04 2022
5

I hit play and through the first song felt like someone slipped something into my drink. Then the second song. Then the third song? Every song filled with sinister echo and fuzz forcing me forward with an incessant, demanding beat. So this is what we’re doing?! What to think about this? I didn’t dislike it. The grooves are interesting. The runtime is a manageable 32 minutes. This album is blazing trails today - hard to believe it has been around since 1977! I can see why I should listen to this before I die. But do I like it? I started a second listen and was surprisingly into this. After the first listen I doubted I’d ever want to hear this again. Now after the second I’m tempted to play it again right away and I’m not entirely sure why… I can’t get this off my mind. This is one of the most unique things I’ve heard in a while. Or ever. I think I love it.

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Thu Sep 22 2022
5

cool

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Fri Sep 23 2022
5

This is one of my favorite albums. It's raw. And i think it rocks. Except for Frankie tear drop wtf Alan.

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Mon Oct 03 2022
5

Stunning photo-punk.

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Fri Oct 07 2022
5

Frankie Frankie

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Fri Oct 28 2022
5

Ghost Rider is quite possible the greatest rock and roll song of all time, the rest of the album is close behind

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Wed Jun 16 2021
4

Some great tunes

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Fri Feb 12 2021
4

Adding this. Going back for more too. I enjoyed the tones and just everything.

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Fri Feb 12 2021
4

subversive and understated and pretty fucking great. love the doors-y and drone-y minimalist stuff going on here. "frankie teardrop" is really just a breath of fresh air

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Fri May 28 2021
4

Instrumentals are amazing, some weird vocals. I wish it was a bit longer though.

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Fri Sep 24 2021
4

STARTING OVER

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Wed Oct 27 2021
4

Hi ha discos que en el seu moment van resultar molt revolucionaris, punts d'inflexió d'algun génere o noves portes obertes a maneres d'escoltar i entendre la música... però que amb el pas del temps la seva originalitat s'ha anat apaivagant a poc a poc per nous discos i géneres que els han superat. L'estrena discogràfica de Suicide és un d'ells. Malgrat tot, a dia d'avui, sinó amb la mateixa rellevància que quan va sortir, encara es disfruta com un disc força interessant. 'Frankie Teardrop' és clarament el punt de ruptura principal, amb els més de 10 minuts d'inquietant i ominós minimalisme. L'estètica musical de tota l'obra, la seva atmòsfera opresiva, especialment brillant en temes com 'Girl' o 'Rocket USA' el fan un disc encara molt digne i captivador

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Sun Jan 23 2022
4

Heavy electronica, harsh sounds right from the beginning Aggressive textures with incessant ostinatos A bit alienating I liked the mellow melody in "Cheree"

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Thu Jan 27 2022
4

Entrancing distorted punk/garage rock with a stimulating sound. It's a bit repetitive but the band make it work. The vocals have been processed with a reverb/effect that makes the vibe almost psychedelic. You can imagine these tracks being played at a decadent house party or an indie/alternative rock club. Great album, I enjoyed it more than I expected.

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Mon Feb 14 2022
4

Absolute classic that I'm sure will have a pretty low rating on here.

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Fri Mar 18 2022
4

Not easy listening, but I thought this was very original. 7.5/10.

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Wed May 11 2022
4

Grata surpresa do uso de elementos eletrônicos envolvidos com a pegada “punk”.

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Fri May 13 2022
4

Sometimes it sounds scary but in a good way with all these random squeaks and gasps and howls.

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Fri May 20 2022
4

-The electronic drumbeats really keep the intensity going through the album -"Frankie Teardrop" is very Alice Cooper-esque. Or maybe Alice Cooper is very "Frankie Teardrop"-esque. Also the scream when Frankie kills himself is pretty crazy. (Spoiler alert)

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Fri May 27 2022
4

Minimal magic, and the prototype for all the synth duos to come, though few would be as confrontational. Every time I play this it gets better and easier to listen to.

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Fri Jul 01 2022
4

Oddly compelling album that's obviously ahead of it's time and massively influential on music styles that were to come; from punk and post punk to new wave to industrial to goth, the list goes on. And also dark and disturbing with uncomfortable subject matter. I can't imagine how audiences must have reacted to their legendary early New York shows. The album starts off strongly with the 1-2 punch of Ghost Rider and Rocket USA's spare rhythmic onslaught, bizarre deadpan lyric delivery and synth flourishes, one can here the seeds of industrial in general and NIN in particular. The band shows a more melodic sense on the next couple songs, but always keeping the listener on guard for the next twist. And that twist comes with a vengeance in the form of the 10 minute epic Frankie Teardrops which weaves a horrific tale of angst and murder that is truly frightening. A groundbreaking album in so many ways. 4.5 🌟

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Fri Jul 15 2022
4

Loved it. More of an art project than anything – something that I may revisit at some point but not really seek out. I can hear the influence and impact across several genres of music. Fav tracks: I kinda view this album as "Frankie Teardrop" and then all the other tracks. It kind of stands on it's own alone as piece, while the rest of the album is on a similar wavelength.

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Sun Aug 07 2022
4

So cool

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Thu Aug 25 2022
4

One of the great albums of the year 1977, with some of the most eerie tracks you'll ever hear

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Thu Aug 25 2022
4

Enjoying this one. Sounds like it influenced a lot of music i like now so maybe that's why it strikes a chord. Cheree reminded me of a Brian Eno track featured in Hyper normalization by Adam Curtis. I really liked this album. It's ahead of it's time. Noticed a sample on track one from MIA'S born free

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Mon Sep 05 2022
4

Interesante

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Thu Sep 15 2022
4

C'est la définition de minimalisme? L'élément important de cet album est l'année; 1977. Bravo pour le désire de réinvention. Par contre on s'en va tellement à gauche, genre à 450 000 acres de ce qui se fait, que j'ai l'impression que le seul intérêt devient théorique. Il n'y a pas vraiment de plaisir dans cet album, du moins à la première écoute, sauf peut-être pour Che. En plus on dirait que l'album empire en avançant, ce qui rend le début plus accessible lorsque l'album recommence. Ça en est un peu weird. Mais définitivement, avec cet album, on s'en va vers des groupes comme Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark qui restent expérimentals, mais avec tout de même un certain soucis de conserver des mélodies (dépendamment de l'album). Ça semble un album qui a influencé un paquet de groupes électro, donc l'album a bien sa place dans cette liste. C'est le genre d'album que tu sors pour faire ton intellectuel. Ma note va plus pour son importance que mon réel plaisir lors de ma première écoute.

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Thu Sep 15 2022
4

Ça c’est différent. C’est pas de la musique de détente, mais ça inspire un paquet d’autres choses.

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Fri Sep 23 2022
4

we're all Frankies sometimes

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Fri Oct 14 2022
4

Frankie teardrop was mad but I liked it, kinda sums up the album

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Fri Nov 25 2022
4

Combative and moody. The goth-industrial starchild.

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Sun Nov 27 2022
4

Fuzzy, repetitive and dark. Minimalist sound with a rockabilly swagger and a recurring tension you could cut with a knife. Brilliant. Fave Songs: Ghost Rider, Rocket U.S.A., Johnny, Cheree, Che

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Wed Nov 30 2022
4

This is a wild album that I’m not entirely sure how I feel about yet. “Frankie Teardrop” is fucking intense and terrifying and bumps this up an extra star for me.

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Fri Dec 02 2022
4

An absolutely bizarre project in toto, Suicide rides close to the ambient line for my liking. It doesn't hold together perfectly. But the best moments are some of the creepiest bits of music imaginable. This is a sound which can be refined in so many productive ways, and is decades ahead of its time.

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Wed Dec 14 2022
4

4.0

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Thu Jan 12 2023
4

An interesting listen. It gets a little over the top at moments but there's a lot of really cool sounds here.

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Wed Feb 01 2023
4

really good and you can see how so influencial.

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Thu Jan 28 2021
3

Really enjoyed some of the tracks on this. Felt an enjoyable almost drum and bass vibe with ghost rider. Couldn't listen to frankie teardrop

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Wed Feb 17 2021
3

pretty dope album. LCD soundsystem meets thee oh sees

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Mon Apr 12 2021
3

It is interesting and unusual. Not necessarily too sonically creative in places (sparse electronic sound with repeating drumbeat)... but the crazy frankie teardrop has some wild swings. Giving them props.

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Thu Feb 18 2021
3

It was fine, nothing super exciting for me

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Fri Feb 12 2021
3

Pretty freaking weird, but I've been so bored with my music selection I kind of enjoyed it.

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Fri Feb 12 2021
3

First time hearing this band. It took me a few songs to feel it. At first the songs felt unsatisfying. Like they were teasing some heavy guitar licks but they never come. I think I was expecting more assertive, aggressive music based on the name, album art. This definitely sounds like the stuff that birthed new wave. They remind me of the pretenders and dire straits. Im concerned about Frankie!

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Fri Jan 22 2021
3

So close to being very good. Some of the synth is just a bit off/jarring but I can see the influence/precursor to some of the music I like now. Full disclosure: I wrote my notes before listening to Frankie... Its a 10 min experience I was not expecting, but am somehow not surprised by

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Fri Mar 05 2021
3

Not my preference. It was not bad just not my genre

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Mon Mar 22 2021
3

I wouldn't say i liked it per se but it surely is interesting. One other thing is that Frankie Teardrop is a challenge to get through.

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Mon Mar 15 2021
3

Interesante

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Fri Feb 19 2021
3

i've listened to this album a few times, it lulls you into a false sense of security by having a good A side but then it waxes your testicles and pisses in your ears on the B side. the whole screaming thing is not made for headphones. still, its the solid basis for a lot of the shit i listen to these days.

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Thu Jan 21 2021
3

I don't think I expected this to feel like a Kim Gordon album

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Fri May 07 2021
3

Me ha parecido interesante el tipo de música, pero el disco aparte de ser muy corto no sólo tiene un par de ellas destacables. Aun así, entretenido.

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Wed Jun 23 2021
3

Not my style but can respect

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Sun Jun 27 2021
3

Little dark, not gonna lie. Good music tho

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Thu Jun 03 2021
3

Felt like 32 minutes of waiting for the drums to kick in.

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Thu Jun 24 2021
3

I liked most of it I think, heavy industrial rock with synth but that one 11 min song not my jam. 3.5

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Sun Aug 01 2021
3

Okay this entire album is structure perfectly and the repeating instrumentation felt weird but also soothing. But my god Frankie Teardrop may genuinely be the creepiest song I have ever head and legitimately gave me shivers multiple times. I will need to reslisten to this album but I am not sure ab the replay value. The album is genuinely impressive but I'm not sure if it's an album I necessarily want to go back to. As much as I absolutely love dark demented music this album is almost to the point of just feeling like a satanic album that I might not feel like touching again lmao. 7/10

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Fri Aug 06 2021
3

Well that was weird. But also way better than I expected. I’d almost listen to it again.

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Thu Sep 09 2021
3

first few songs -4 last few songs - 1

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Sun Sep 26 2021
3

Stylistically interesting for 1977; not what I would expect from an American rock band around that time. Can hear punk-esque aspects to this album, but the synths and electronic stuff adds texture to it all. Sometimes a little on harsh and screaming side of things, which I don't usually like, but overall this is interesting stuff.

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Thu Oct 07 2021
3

Raw electronica from before electronica was a thing. The value in Suicide may not be with Suicide themselves, but from all that they inspired. Beats the hell out of Wild Beasts, if nothing else.

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Wed Nov 10 2021
3

Interesting at first, but ultimately just annoying. The lyrics are quite complex (and sometimes haunting) so kudos to that. But Vega's screams or sighs (e.g., on Frankie Teardrop or Girl) are a bit much. Rev's synth beats were cool at times but felt a little monotonous. Still, I enjoyed Ghost Rider and Johnny...quite a bit. This album feels like one of those things you're proud to say you've done once but would never do again. Could just as easily be a 2 or a 3 but I'll go higher for it's uniqueness (and trailblazing...of something I don't care much for).

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Thu Nov 25 2021
3

Not my favorite album but the Nods Dogs in Space podcast episodes about this band are amazing and I’m still really impressed with what they’re able to do with the limitations they had

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Wed Dec 08 2021
3

The repetitive simplistic beats serve the uneasy atmosphere well. Maybe a bit prototypical as a whole, but still an album you have you hear (even if most of it is because of Frankie Teardrop)

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Wed Dec 08 2021
3

Hahaaha jag skulle aldrig vara två dagar efter LOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLL semibangers annars Den långa sången om frankie va bra

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Fri Dec 10 2021
3

Hypnotic electronic riffs over disturbing and depressing lyrics. I could like the music but the vocal puts me off.

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Thu Dec 16 2021
3

it's ok 3.5/5

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Fri Jan 07 2022
3

Third time listening to this album. Didn't like it the first two. It's not as boring as I remember, but I still couldn't really get into it.

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