Ryn Weaver’s “The Fool” Album: Review Revue

Bianca Gracie | June 16, 2015 11:50 am
Ryn Weaver Interview
Ryn Weaver talks Coachella, debut album 'The Fool' and breakthrough hit "OctaHate."

Today (June 16) marks the release of many anticipated albums — from Adam Lambert’s The Original High to Giorgio Moroder’s Déjà VuOne other project that has people talking is Ryn Weaver’s debut project — titled The Fool.

The 22-year-old Californian bursted onto the scene with her “Octahate” single last October and has kept the interest going up until the release of her LP.

So how do other music industry critics feel about Ryn Weaver’s new album? Read what they had to say down below!

:: The New York Times calls it a “hippie dream”: “Yet Ms. Weaver’s lead vocals sound natural and personal, while Mr. Blanco and Mr. Angelakos build heroic crescendos for her. Her songs present her as a wild spirit following her own desires.”

:: While Pretty Much Amazing was not as kind: “Still, Ryn Weaver has enough momentum that she’ll survive this lackluster offer with significant radio time and maybe even a Grammy or something. However, unless she ditches the earnestly derivative in favor of less-polished and more risky, she’ll find herself in a trick position—at her best, she’ll benefit from the reflected glow of other similar, more deserving popstars like Beyoncé, Lana Del Rey, and Florence Welch. At her worst, she isn’t worth the simile. ”

:: Consequence Of Sound also weighed in: “As Weaver confesses to common pitfalls of falling in and out of love, The Fool spins on like a series of diary entries with no end in sight, quite possibly because Weaver has yet to decide how this story ends. Though she always seems unsure, one thing sounds certain: Weaver still has more left to say.”

:: Pitchfork gave the album a 4.9: “Unfortunately, the few points where the album actually comes together, like the disco-dusted ‘Sail On’ and the California country ballad ‘Here Is Home,’ aren’t enough to make it stand out in an increasingly crowded field. Weaver’s benefitted greatly from the rising tide of artists who are challenging pop’s sonic and structural rules, but on The Fool she sounds like she’s lost at sea.”

:: While Red Eye Chicago gave it 4 stars: “Vulnerable and strong, Weaver recognizes how love and youth can be so gloriously messy, using her debut to startlingly embody that which is beautiful and fleeting. I can’t stop listening to it, and I don’t want to.”

:: Lastly, Trendio stated this: “The Fleetwood Mac and Nicks influence is the most prominent on ‘Here Is Home,’ which could be seen as Weaver’s own take on Fleetwood Mac’s hit single ‘Dreams.’ The production, lyrical content and carefully constructed harmonies are reminiscent of those that made the band a total success. Living up to high expectations is hard to do, but Weaver’s debut is proof that it is possible to stay true to yourself and still manage to exceed the inescapable expectations popstars are subjected to. Long story short, I am a fool for Weaver and you should too.”

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