• Record Label: Island
  • Release Date: Aug 27, 2013
Metascore
73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. It is a wonderful debut effort, and all of the buzz and the attention they have garnered up to this point is likely only the beginning for AlunaGeorge.
  2. Jul 29, 2013
    80
    Despite the part-compilation/part-extras makeup, this is one of the year's more enjoyable debuts.
  3. Jul 30, 2013
    80
    Moving from urgent dance-pop (“Bad Idea”), to minimalist pillow talk (“Friends to Lovers”), to bassy underground undertows (“Lost and Found”), Body Music is the sound of AlunaGeorge just getting started--and they could go anywhere from here.
  4. Jul 16, 2013
    60
    Reid’s soundtrack is vibrant, but it can’t save the album from its own tedium.
  5. Jul 30, 2013
    70
    Their sound is more pop than R&B or electronic, more domestic than futuristic, and more formulaic than innovative. But it works for them. It’s accessible electro-pop music that you can’t help but be smitten with.
  6. 60
    One of the problems Body Music faces is that it’s an album supporting a string of pre-processed singles.
  7. Jul 26, 2013
    80
    Aluna and George balance each other in the perfect see-saw, and Body Music is an absolute playground of pop music.
  8. Jul 29, 2013
    80
    As a a slice of accomplished, sophisticated urban pop you'll find none finer this summer.
  9. Jul 30, 2013
    80
    AlunaGeorge have done the impossible with Body Music: they've made the dynamic, progressive pop album we all hoped for.
  10. Jul 29, 2013
    60
    Body Music lacks both the pace and range required to sustain repeated listens, and rests too heavily on one--and even two-year old singles to bolster its overall quality.
  11. Jul 16, 2013
    80
    AlunaGeorge could well be challenging old touring partners Disclosure for pop crossover supremacy this summer.
  12. Aug 13, 2013
    60
    Her candy floss-flavoured cough syrup vocals will be a little sweet for some tastes on first hearing, but when backed up with an acid lyrical kick, the overall effect is devastatingly insidious. [Sep 2013, p.95]
  13. Jul 23, 2013
    70
    As with many debuts, AlunaGeorge’s album has remarkable highs but is tempered by a few weaker moments.
  14. 60
    Not only do his [Reid's] noises fail to carry the songs, he often loses the songs altogether. They drift away from him when he should be dominating them. And this album is a missed opportunity.
  15. Sep 9, 2013
    80
    It’s well done, fun to listen to, and a damn sight better than 90% of other pop music right now, yet you couldn’t really describe it as essential.
  16. Aug 15, 2013
    60
    At 14 tracks (19 on the deluxe), Body Music feels overlong for a debut, but she’s melodic enough to captivate even when Reid’s hissing minimalism and spastic beats start to feel warmed over.
  17. Jul 31, 2013
    70
    Body Music shows R&B continuing to expand its scope, stealing the cues of hip-hop and electronic music, which draw strength from their omnivorous appetites.
  18. Jul 29, 2013
    76
    There's not much wrong with Body Music, but its constellation of contemporary electro-pop elements can sometimes feel too slick for its own good.
  19. Aug 7, 2013
    80
    Body Music is thus an intelligent hot pot of sounds all meshed together flawlessly, and intelligently; a breath of fresh air.
  20. 83
    Though Body Music contains only one true misfire (the immediately forgettable “Kaleidoscope Love”), the album’s strongest tracks glow so bright that fine songs such as “Diver,” “Lost and Found” and “Bad Idea” can get lost in their shadow, at least on early listens.
  21. Jul 16, 2013
    60
    A few pop-soul cliches creep into the album's cluttered middle section. But the rest is 21-st-century electronic pop delivered with style and ambition. [Aug 2013, p.106]
  22. Aug 27, 2013
    70
    While Aluna Francis sings tart kiss-offs to foolish exes, producer George Reid keeps the digital activity as stylish and minimalist as a Helmut Lang showroom.
  23. Jul 29, 2013
    60
    Body Music, the full-length debut from British duo AlunaGeorge, could have made an excellent EP.
  24. Aug 6, 2013
    80
    AlunaGeorge are a pop act at heart, with most of this debut’s songs anchored to a radio-friendly chorus.
  25. Jul 25, 2013
    80
    Body Music sounds like a potential hit, rather than an intriguing curiosity.
  26. 60
    The combination works best on the single Attracting Flies; less engaging is the descent to playground chanting on Best Be Believing.
  27. It's an assured collection of pure pop with an independent sensibility, equal parts Kylie and The XX.
  28. 75
    It’s a record certainly fine enough to ensure the pairing will have no issues sprinting to the upper echelons of pop aristocracy.
  29. Jul 29, 2013
    80
    Francis glides along, deliciously unresolved about a relationship. The hype was not wrong.
  30. Aug 6, 2013
    50
    On the whole Body Music's tracks feel like little more than fairly unimaginative collage pieces: fifteen years of pop trends, compressed into one very indistinct style.
  31. Jul 29, 2013
    80
    AlunaGeorge have built a happy marriage out of the slick and the smart, and with Body Music, they just might manage the trick of making everyone else--from old fans to new ones; from critics to their record labels--happy too.
  32. Jul 16, 2013
    60
    Body Music has the feel of an album rushed out for the summer. [Aug 2013, p.67]
  33. Jul 31, 2013
    75
    They ooze a confidence that marries the seductive mews of Aaliyah with something just slightly sinister. It's a combination that could easily sound forced, but Francis has mastered the trick of adding a nuance to her purrs that makes them intoxicating.
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 45 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Sep 21, 2013
    9
    Body Music is undoubtely one of the strongest debuts of 2013. Amazing productions and great lyrics, this album can be listened to a lot ofBody Music is undoubtely one of the strongest debuts of 2013. Amazing productions and great lyrics, this album can be listened to a lot of times. Aluna's voice is bittersweet and George productions are unique as they are cathchy. Full Review »
  2. Aug 7, 2013
    10
    Flawless pop album, less generic than most of pop music nowadays, it's obvious that George Reid's production is brilliant. Diver, Your DrumsFlawless pop album, less generic than most of pop music nowadays, it's obvious that George Reid's production is brilliant. Diver, Your Drums Your Love and Kaleidoscope Love are highlights. Full Review »
  3. Sep 16, 2013
    8
    Great album. Some awesome beats mixed with Aluna's sweet voice, that just work together. Album may lack a bit of a "punch" in a sense ofGreat album. Some awesome beats mixed with Aluna's sweet voice, that just work together. Album may lack a bit of a "punch" in a sense of shaking the scene, but is otherwise a very polished pop album. Full Review »