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  • Summary: The debut full-length release for the music project from the Against Me! singer/guitarist features Atom Willard and Marc Hudson.
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  1. 90
    Bought to Rot is an exploration and an experiment, but a highly successful one that manages to come together as a coherent whole to really deliver something special.
  2. 80
    BTR best functions as a way to experience every mode that Grace has to offer as both songwriter and vocalist. It’s also the closest that Grace has come to letting others in and having a direct dialogue with the outside world.
  3. Nov 7, 2018
    Teetering between organized and messy, the melodic and chaotic, Bought to Rot is what Grace considers her "Scorpio album." Presenting herself bare, she exposes unfiltered honesty through the kind plain-spokenness that's, nowadays, avoided by contemporaries of her stature.
  4. Nov 9, 2018
    When combined with the gut-level hooks, this barbed wit results in a record that's simultaneously immediate and enduring: the first listen demands attention, but it's the left turns, in both the lyrics and melodies, that makes Bought To Rot so satisfying.
  5. Nov 9, 2018
    She is self-effacing, emotionally incisive and capable of inciting teenage fervour in cynical souls. There are few like her.
  6. Nov 9, 2018
    Grace doesn’t graduate from punk on Bought To Rot--she expands and elevates it with explicit revelations, fervent melodies, head-banging chord progressions and unruffled tenacity.
  7. Nov 27, 2018
    It is for those who look to music not as a way to diversify their cultural conquests, but rather those who need to hear the validation of their basic humanity from a voice who understands their pains. For those individuals, this album might just be the refreshing break from the privileging of the aesthetic over the material that is desperately needed today. Otherwise, the album traffics too heavily in platitudes and generic alt-rock formulas.

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