Charmed & Strange


Mixed or average reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. The songs on his debut album, Charmed and Strange are quirky and inventive.
  2. Yoav proves that a guitar and his voice are the only instruments you really need to make powerful, versatile music.
  3. Uncut
    A haunting cover of the Pixies' 'Where Is My Mind' rounds off a quite remarkable debut. [May 2008]
  4. This is a debut album of startling originality, that seems set to cast its spell most acutely on a hot summer's night.
  5. New Musical Express (NME)
    Everything you hear is supposedly conjured from Yoav's guitar. It's a cute trick but as the album storms ahead it becomes a distracting and frustrating gimmick that sells the songs short. [15 Mar 2008, p.50]
  6. He performs everything (from drum'n'bass to hip hop beats) on his guitar, leading him to be dubbed a 'one-man Timbaland band'. A true percussive original.
  7. Charmed and Strange, however, is a collection of interesting guitar playing with a few lyrics thrown in for pop legitimacy.
  8. Q Magazine
    The sparse sound that he produces means it's more entertaining to watch his trickery than to listen to it. [Apr 2008, p.117]
  9. Mojo
    At their best, as in 'Sometimes,' they drag you into their circling obsessiveness and measured rhetoric. But, too often, Yoav's cleverness feels calculating--unless it's the reverse that, over-tasked. [May 2008]
  10. While this is a forward-thinking and cerebral affair, as Yoav has a love of dance music, he often works with funky grooves and rhyming lyrics that should appeal to fans with a club-oriented aesthetic.
  11. Yoav’s whole shtick is that he only plays the acoustic guitar, but he runs it through a looping pedal to make drum and keyboard sounds. Conceptually, it’s an okay idea, and Yoav pulls it off, but it gets boring fast.
  12. Boasting imaginative craft, his dedication to his technique’s style is apparent, but in every other facet the album takes a downward spiral.
  13. Yoav goes about his expecting some sort of kneejerk praise for rolling dolo, but thanks to a total lack of depth, sonic or otherwise, all I see is the gimmicks, the wack lyrics.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. BirdBoy
    Apr 3, 2008
    A very unusual and most welcome record.
  2. ScottA.
    Apr 3, 2008
    The album's best cut ("Adore Adore") is featured first. It's a pleasant, hook-filled number all about the devil. The rest of the The album's best cut ("Adore Adore") is featured first. It's a pleasant, hook-filled number all about the devil. The rest of the songs unwind with a sameness that lessens the overall effect. Full Review »
  3. ChristopherC.
    Apr 3, 2008
    Club Thing is my favourite track of the year.