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Perfect [EP] by Mannequin Pussy

Mannequin Pussy

Perfect [EP]

Release Date: May 21, 2021

Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Punk Revival

Record label: Epitaph

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Perfect [EP]

Great, Based on 4 Critics

No Ripcord - 80
Based on rating 8/10

No punk band today exemplifies flowers and fangs better than Mannequin Pussy. The Philly trio, having made their biggest splash with 2019's showstopper Patience, operate on a level of vulnerable fearlessness regardless of whether they want to suspend you in airborne bliss or violently drag you through the mud. And with just 5 songs, Perfect leans into this bipolarity more stringently than ever before.

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The Line of Best Fit - 80
Based on rating 8/10

Like it did for everyone, the pandemic caused shifts; founding member Thanasi Paul left the band and, for the first time, the remaining trio entered the studio without a set of fully-written songs. Writing on the fly, the band harnessed the creative energy of reuniting and shaped it into a new EP, Perfect. Overall, little has changed sonically from Patience to Perfect.

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Pitchfork - 72
Based on rating 7.2/10

When Mannequin Pussy released their excellent third record Patience in the summer of 2019, they were hardly prepared to take its title so literally. After years of slowly building a fanbase off the crackling energy of their first two albums, the Philadelphia punks had signed to a new label, Epitaph, and released their most clear-eyed, expansive record to date. Critics lauded it as their breakthrough; there were Coachella dates and a second round of touring set for 2020.

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Clash Music
Opinion: Excellent

"I'm in control," Marisa 'Missy' Dabrise sings at the outset of Mannequin Pussy's latest record. If it sounds like bravado, a fuck-off kiss to all the Twitter bros who still think they're a made-up band name from a TV show, reality soon sinks in with the following line: "That's what I tell myself when all the walls around me close in." Like the rest of us, Missy's bold statements often arrive as much as anxious pep talks as declarations of intent. Not that Mannequin Pussy don't have plenty to be confident about.

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