Francis Trouble

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Francis Trouble
Francis Trouble.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 9, 2018
GenreIndie rock, garage rock, post-punk revival[1]
Length35:42
LabelRed Bull Records
ProducerGus Oberg
Albert Hammond Jr. chronology
Momentary Masters
(2015)
Francis Trouble
(2018)
Singles from Francis Trouble
  1. "Muted Beatings"
    Released: February 2, 2018
  2. "Far Away Truths"
    Released: February 16, 2018
  3. "Set to Attack"
    Released: March 2, 2018

Francis Trouble is the fourth solo album by Albert Hammond Jr released on March 9, 2018 through Red Bull Records.[2] The album is named after Hammond's twin brother Francis who his mother miscarried in 1979 and was described as "a homage to both the death of his twin and his own birth, as well as the complexities of identity that arise because of their intermingling." [3]

It was announced alongside the release of the single 'Muted Beatings' which was described by NME as "optimising Hammond’s knack for huge guitar-pop hooks but laden with intricacies aplenty."[3]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic73/100[4]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[5]
Clash6/10[6]
DIY4/5 stars[7]
The Line of Best Fit7.5/10[8]
NME4/5 stars[9]
Pitchfork7.2/10[10]
PopMatters8/10[1]
Rolling Stone2.5/5 stars[11]

Francis Trouble received generally favorable reviews according to Metacritic who assigned the album an average score of 73, based on 11 critics.[4] Critics praised the album's energy and it's "emphasis on melody and propulsion above all else."[1]

Many also praised the inspiration from a wide amount of different genres including on the song 'Screamer' described by NME as "frenetic surf-rock."[9] However, others were critical towards the album with Rolling Stone criticizing its short length and describing it as forgettable.[11]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Dvsl" 2:58
2."Far Away Truths"Albert Hammond Jr. & Tyler Parkford3:38
3."Muted Beatings"Hammond Jr, Parkford & Jennifer Decilveo3:17
4."Set to Attack" 3:28
5."Tea for Two"Hammond Jr & Parkford4:09
6."Stop and Go" 3:53
7."Screamer" 2:31
8."Rocky's Late Night" 4:17
9."Strangers" 3:44
10."Harder, Harder, Harder" 3:47
Total length:35:42

Personnel[edit]

Credits taken from AllMusic[12]

Musicians
Additional personnel

Charts[edit]

Chart (2018) Peak
position
US Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[13] 6
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[14] 25

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Korber, Kevin (March 29, 2018). "Albert Hammond Jr: Francis Trouble (music review)". PopMatters. Retrieved December 25, 2018.
  2. ^ Kaye, Ben (February 2, 2018). "Albert Hammond Jr. announces new album, Francis Trouble, shares "Muted Beatings": Stream". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved December 25, 2018.
  3. ^ a b Trendell, Andrew (February 2, 2018). "Albert Hammond Jr unveils huge new single 'Muted Beatings' and announces new album 'Francis Trouble'". NME. Retrieved December 25, 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Francis Trouble by Albert Hammond, Jr. Reviews and Tracks - Metacritic". Metacritic. Retrieved December 25, 2018.
  5. ^ Phares, Heather. "AllMusic Review". AllMusic. Retrieved April 7, 2019.
  6. ^ Skinner, Wilf (March 26, 2018). "Albert Hammond Jr. - Francis Trouble". Clash. Retrieved December 25, 2018.
  7. ^ Wright, Lisa (March 16, 2018). "Albert Hammond Jr - Francis Trouble". DIY. Retrieved December 25, 2018.
  8. ^ Loftin, Steven (March 5, 2018). "Francis Trouble by Albert Hammond Jr". The Line of Best Fit. Retrieved December 25, 2018.
  9. ^ a b Daly, Rhian (March 12, 2018). "Albert Hammond Jr - 'Francis Trouble' Album Review". NME. Retrieved December 25, 2018.
  10. ^ Cox, Jamieson (March 14, 2018). "Albert Hammond Jr.: Francis Trouble Album Review". Pitchfork. Retrieved December 25, 2018.
  11. ^ a b Modell, Josh (March 29, 2018). "Review: The Voidz' 'Virtue,' Albert Hammond Jr.'s 'Fortune'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved December 25, 2018.
  12. ^ "AllMusic Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved April 7, 2019.
  13. ^ "Albert Hammond Jr. Chart History (Heatseekers Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved 24 March 2018.
  14. ^ "Albert Hammond Jr. Chart History (Independent Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved 24 March 2018.