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Be The Cowboy (album) by Mitski 

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Be The Cowboy
Be The Cowboy by Mitski (2018)
Release date: 2018-08-17
Overall rank: 2,365th   Overall chart history
Average Rating: 
77/100 (from 198 votes)
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Accolades: Top 20 albums of 2018 (11th)
Top albums of the 2010s (296th)
Best albums of all time (2,365th)

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Mitski bestography

Be The Cowboy is ranked 2nd best out of 5 albums by Mitski on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Mitski is Puberty 2 which is ranked number 2291 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 914.

Mitski album bestography « Higher ranked (2,365th) This album (2,365th) Lower ranked (5,611th) »
Be The CowboyBe The CowboyBury Me At Makeout Creek

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From mdbaxter 5 hours ago
Be The Cowboy is more than the sum of its parts. There are a lot of really good songs on here but the essence of the album can only be seen when looking at it as a whole. The ability for Mitski to evoke so much emotion across so many different types of songs is what makes this album great. It starts out very strong but eventually fades a little closer to mediocrity towards the end of the album. It is never mediocre, I'm just saying it gets closer to it in the second half of the album. There are several interesting themes that she flirts with and describes very well. Some of those being the undeniability of love, toxic relationships and the human purpose. I found it very impressive how Mitski could tackle these incredibly complex subjects while also tackling incredibly diverse musical styles at the same time.
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From VictorVale 01/31/2019 18:08
Grande álbum com bela diversidade de som, atravessando desde modernos indie rock ao pop contemporâneo.
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From boppare 01/21/2019 21:43
Mitski might have one of the best voices in contemporary indie music, but what's with the track lengths? Is this due to the general attention span decline?
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From sguy157 01/18/2019 09:46
(Warning: this comment is kinda long.)
I'll be honest, this album took some time to grow on me, as I had some expectations about it before listening. But eventually, I came to appreciate it and thought that it was pretty solid. Around the end of 2018, I was a bit surprised to see this record very high up in most "best of 2018" lists, sometimes getting a perfect rating, and even earning the title "album of the year" from many music sites. So I thought that I might have missed something, and decided to revisit the record.

While I still think that it's good, I still don't seem to enjoy the album to the extent that others do. Now, I'm not trying to be negative. I like Mitski and I'm super happy to see her do well! But I just think that there are things that hold this project back, the main culprit being the track lengths. At times, some songs seem like they could be really great, but their brevity results in them having little impact instead. Many songs seem to end abruptly, sometimes right when it feels like the music could be going somewhere interesting. It feels like running a race and you're making amazing time - but halfway through you just lose all of your energy and stop in your tracks. For me, one example of this is "Come Into the Water."

But basically, that's my only complaint. I don't mean to seem too harsh, because I do think that this album is good! There a good amount of genuinely moving moments on here, especially the closing track "Two Slow Dancers." Truly deep, gorgeous, and filled to the brim with emotion. And "Nobody" is a great track too, very fun to jam out to. In addition, there are some cases where I think that the short track length works well, such as with "Geyser." That track flows very nicely!

Overall, this is a good record, and is definitely worth a listen. It's not perfect, but maybe I'm still missing something. Let me know if I am! Either way, it shows an enormous amount of potential. If Mitski takes her ideas from this album and then really expands on them and fleshes them out, I think that she can come out with something absolutely amazing. Excited for what she puts out in the future!
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85/100
From CryingGameDahlin 01/15/2019 23:36
Many lovely songs and with moments of near smack-your-headphones-off icy grandeur. "Washing Machine Heart" would top every chart in a just world and the deconstruction of the great American, self-aware mythmaking spectacle is admirably clever if starting to feel expected in this day of the anti-pop-star. But... something is missing that keeps this from being more than the sum of it's many wonderful individual parts. Skrapes the sky but never quite becomes the indelible supernova it seems destined to be. Still one of the year's best but also one of it's most frustrating.
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From ExTeaSea 01/07/2019 03:39
This! Now this is wonderful.
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From gloriousgoo 12/20/2018 19:25
Some really cool ideas here, brought down by every song being just a little too short. As a result, the album doesn't really flow right and something that could have been brilliant ends up being just very good.
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From chisholm.matt 12/20/2018 15:56
I feel like there are some high-quality tracks on this album, but the overall feel seems slightly disjointed to me, as if the overarching musical themes just aren't hitting. I've listened to it a bunch of times, and just not getting the cohesion I need to rate this in my top 10 for the year. Some songs, like Geyse, Nobody, and Two Slow Dancers are quality songs. Puberty 2 was a much better record.
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From lleon79 12/20/2018 00:21
Nice ideas here and there but overall I really didn't enjoy this. It feels disjointed and I think it never develops its full potential.
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From junodog4 12/02/2018 15:25
If St. Vincent spent more time working in an independent bookstore, she sound like Mitski.
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