Car Seat Headrest Albums Ranked

Car Seat Headrest is an American indie rock band formed in Leesburg, Virginia, and currently located in Seattle, Washington. The band consists of Will Toledo (vocals, guitar, piano, synthesizers), Ethan Ives (guitar, bass, backing vocals), Seth Dalby (bass), and Andrew Katz (drums, percussion). Beginning as a solo recording project by Toledo in 2010, Car Seat Headrest self-released 12 albums on the music platform Bandcamp, before signing to Matador Records in 2015. Car Seat Headrest would begin touring as a full band the following year. Here are all of Car Seat Headrest albums ranked.

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10. My Back Is Killing Me Baby (2011)

“The sounds decry an early 2000’s summer vacation, erupting with the same uncontrollable sugar rush as seen on Nickelodeon game shows like Double Dare. Green slime to the face, anyone? Toledo’s brand of Lo-Fi Indie stretches extremities for the sake of reaching extremes, slyly twisting Nickelodeon’s over-the-top, in-your-face, preteen-absorbing saturation of stuff into a defiant, musical aesthetic.”

9. Commit Yourself Completely (2019)

“Commit Yourself Completely’s quality could just come down to the fact that Car Seat Headrest is a wonderful live band that is exceptional at what they do. The one thing you’ll ask your pal after a gig is what their favorite song/performance was. When it comes to this album, you could ask six folks and manage to get a different answer from every one of them.”

8. Monomania (2012)

“Monomania follows the very well known and respected Twin Fantasy from 2011 and is often considered a continuation of the storyline from that album. Although there are some songs I don’t really care for and drag on somewhat I will say that this album really captures the sadness and boredom one might go through after having an intense but short-lived relationship with someone that was very close to you.”

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7. Nervous Young Man (2013)

“Nervous Young Man is a bit of an odd one in the Car Seat Headrest discography for a couple of reasons that initially may seem like reason to steer clear of it, but ultimately end up contributing to the unique charm of the album. The one that is more obvious is the fact that it’s 2 hours long, an intimidating length for sure, though the most interesting aspect of the album has to do with the songwriting approach taken on the album itself. “

6. Making A Door Less Open (2020)

“Making a Door Less Open is a complete flop, when it’s compared to Twin Fantasy, it’s nowhere near the quality nor the efforts. Making a Door Less Open is marked as a dramatic shift of Car Seat Headrest’s style, adding a much more electronic and Lo-Fi rock structure inside of the beats.”

5. How To Leave Town (2014)

“How to Leave Town”. It’s personal, it’s uncomfortable at times, some lyrics are worthy of cringing at, others just wrench the heart. The production is eclectic, confusing, erratic, and spontaneous. One second, your ears are dialing your brain on the table, filing a noise complaint to their neighbors, your headset, the next, you’re riding I-94 West, and the silence leaves you alone with your thoughts. It’s messy, it’s rough around the edges, and upon my first few listens, it was disappointing. In spite of this “How to Leave Town” is my favorite album of all time.”

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4. Teens Of Style (2015)

“Teens of Style is the first proper Car Seat Headrest album if we’re being a bit glib about it. And we can be, comfortably. Part of Will Toledo’s mythology is the knowledge that he started out with troves of haphazardly recorded EPs and albums thrown out into the world via Bandcamp, but it’ll take a special type of obsessive at this point to backtrack through all those scruffy home recordings to find the good things worth more than a curious glance.”

3. Twin Fantasy (Mirror To Mirror) (2011)

“Twin Fantasy is my favorite album. I cannot begin to explain the emotional impact it’s had on me. The 2018 re-recording was great, but the 2011 original is the one that really hits me every time I hear it. I’m not going to pretend it’s perfect, because it’s not.”

2. Twin Fantasy (Face To Face) (2018)

“This whole record sounds amazing, the blast of sound that opens up the first track before quickly fading out, The awesome guitar riffs on the body, the 16 minute epic of famous prophets (stars) that goes from ripping your heart out singing to a soft piano balladry passage, back to the high-intensity indie rock it started on. it’s honestly one of my favorite sounding records ever; its fuzzy guitars and thick drums sound nothing but great.”

1. Teens Of Denial (2016)

“A near-perfect album that might be one of the most vivid and descriptive depictions of the lifestyle that a lot of young adults have. Not only are the instrumentals captivating and unpredictable, but the vocals also stand out as unique and are a perfect tool for the brilliant stories on here. The concepts here are so rich and layered, the album is an unforgettable experience when listened to all the way through.”