Birthdays

  • Record Label: Anti
  • Release Date: Apr 9, 2013
Metascore
73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
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  1. Apr 26, 2013
    60
    Despite his delicate--make that dainty--designs, Henson also knows how to set a fanciful mood, albeit one that’s singularly subdued.
  2. Mar 13, 2013
    60
    [Dear's] followup offers more of the same, but with studio polish.
  3. Mar 13, 2013
    60
    These spare, bluesy arrangements don't always sustain the mood, occasionally drifting towards torpor, despite cathartic bursts of noise on Don't Swim and Kronos.
  4. Mar 13, 2013
    60
    Birthdays is so fragile and broken that listening to it without signing some kind of non-disclosure agreement feels borderline voyeuristic.
  5. Mar 13, 2013
    60
    It will inspire obsessive fandom and moisten a few eyes, but Henson’s voice is something of an acquired taste.
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Jul 25, 2013
    8
    This album does contain a collection of excellent songs, though the jarring jump from acoustic and vocals to electric and band mid song wereThis album does contain a collection of excellent songs, though the jarring jump from acoustic and vocals to electric and band mid song were initially alienating, the over all quality of the material means it is involving and engaging, just not the most coherent or consistent. Full Review »
  2. Apr 16, 2013
    8
    I haven't had the chance to give the entire album a complete listen yet, as I am obsessed (and stuck) with the first few tracks on it. MoreI haven't had the chance to give the entire album a complete listen yet, as I am obsessed (and stuck) with the first few tracks on it. More specifically, 'You' and 'Lying to You' could be two of the most beautiful mournful songs about the darker hours of a romantic relationship that I've heard in many years. Give it a go, it's lovely. Full Review »