Goon (Tobias Jesso Jr. Album)
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Goon Tobias Jesso Jr. Album
Tobias Jesso Goon.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 17, 2015
LabelTrue Panther Sounds
ProducerChet "JR" White, Ariel Rechtshaid, Patrick Carney, John Collins
Singles from Goon
  1. "Hollywood"
    Released: November 17, 2014
  2. "How Could You Babe"
    Released: January 20, 2015

Goon is the debut studio album by Canadian singer-songwriter Tobias Jesso Jr. released on March 17, 2015 in the United States and Canada. The album was preceded by the two singles "How Could You Babe" and "Hollywood".

The album was a short-listed nominee for the 2015 Polaris Music Prize.[1]

Musical style

Jesso's music has been compared to singer/songwriters of the 1960s and 1970s from Randy Newman to Harry Nilsson and Emitt Rhodes. Even though he was a bassist and guitarist for years, his new music was written by him on the piano--an instrument he started playing at the age of 27.


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[3]
The A.V. ClubB+[4]
The Daily Telegraph4/5 stars[5]
The Guardian3/5 stars[6]
Mojo4/5 stars[7]
Q4/5 stars[10]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[11]

Goon received universal acclaim from contemporary music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 81, based on 25 reviews, which indicates "universal acclaim".[2]

Will Hermes of Rolling Stone noted "his debut LP gathers 12 beautifully lean ballads sung in a vulnerable tenor, with vintage studio touches blended by sharp producers including JR White, Patrick Carney and Ariel Rechtshaid."[11]


Publication Accolade Year Rank
Paste 50 Best Albums of 2015 2015
Pitchfork The 50 Best Albums of 2015 2015
Rough Trade Albums of the Year 2015 2015
Time Out Best Albums of 2015 2015

Track listing

Standard edition
1."Can't Stop Thinking About You"3:53
2."How Could You Babe"3:52
3."Without You"5:09
4."Can We Still Be Friends"3:23
5."The Wait"2:14
7."For You"3:08
8."Crocodile Tears"2:22
9."Bad Words"4:28
10."Just a Dream"4:45
11."Leaving LA"4:24
12."Tell the Truth"2:47
Total length:46:33



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  3. ^ Donelson, Marcy. "Goon - Tobias Jesso, Jr". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015.
  4. ^ Phillips, Lior (March 17, 2015). "Amid heartbreak, Tobias Jesso Jr. breaks down the confines of pop". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 2018.
  5. ^ McCormick, Neil (March 14, 2015). "Tobias Jesso Jr, Goon, review: 'a little beauty'". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2018.
  6. ^ Petridis, Alexis (March 12, 2015). "Tobias Jesso Jr: Goon review - wilfully retro songs in the prevailing 70s style". The Guardian. Retrieved 2015.
  7. ^ "Tobias Jesso Jr.: Goon". Mojo (257): 87. April 2015.
  8. ^ Homewood, Ben (March 2, 2015). "Tobias Jesso Jr. - 'Goon'". NME. Archived from the original on March 4, 2015. Retrieved 2018.
  9. ^ Richardson, Mark (March 16, 2015). "Tobias Jesso Jr.: Goon". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2015.
  10. ^ "Tobias Jesso Jr.: Goon". Q (345): 103. April 2015.
  11. ^ a b Hermes, Will (March 17, 2015). "Goon". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2015.
  12. ^ Shoup, Brad (March 20, 2015). "Review: Tobias Jesso Jr. Falls Short of Nilsson and Newman on 'Goon'". Spin. Retrieved 2018.
  13. ^ "The 50 Best Albums of 2015". 2015-12-01. Retrieved .
  14. ^ "The 50 Best Albums of 2015". Pitchfork. December 16, 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  15. ^ "Albums of the Year 2015". 2015-11-25. Archived from the original on 2015-12-05. Retrieved .
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