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Frances Quinlan just wants to be heard. So it’s fitting that the Hop Along frontwoman’s solo debut is a sincere meditation on our struggle to communicate. On the empathetic “Your Reply,” she tries to understand an unresponsive partner, while the guitar-driven “A Secret” has her trying not to make a fuss over a detached lover. With its cacophony of synths, digital beats, and harp, “Rare Thing” sounds like a lost Carly Rae Jepsen demo that yearns for a love that gives instead of takes. Quinlan’s Likewise exists on a plane of consciousness that is too good to be true.


By Shannon Carlin


Likewise was released January 31, 2020. This article originally appeared in the Spring 2020 print edition of BUST Magazine. Subscribe today!

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