Crush Songs - Karen O
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  • Summary: The debut full-length solo release for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs singer was originally recorded in 2006-07.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 30
  2. Negative: 1 out of 30
  1. Sep 24, 2014
    80
    This album is never afraid to speak its mind and voice its elastic relationship with love, pulled close only to be pinged apart.
  2. Sep 3, 2014
    80
    These are pretty, sweet, gorgeously simple songs, some not fully formed, which have come, been and gone.
  3. Sep 9, 2014
    70
    Despite its warbly lo-fi aesthetic and unfinished feel, Crush Songs does have an honest, classic vibe to it.
  4. Aug 29, 2014
    60
    This is principally a marriage of simple, forlorn fretwork and O’s deliciously otherworldly vocals: impossibly, she manages to sound simultaneously seductive and indifferent; emotive yet also strangely detached.
  5. Sep 4, 2014
    60
    Several of the songs aren't much more than sketches: a thought, a chord sequence, a fade out. But, as on Moon Song, Karen O displays an ability to articulate raw emotion here, be it on the subject of love, loneliness or strength of will.
  6. Sep 10, 2014
    58
    It’s all the more disappointing that, despite the rawness of these recordings and the private nature of their creation, O sounds weirdly noncommittal on Crush Songs, as though the sparse demo arrangements were a form of holding back.
  7. Sep 22, 2014
    30
    Given that these songs mostly clock in under two minutes, that should be enough to carry the flat arrangements and melodies, but it's not.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Oct 13, 2014
    6
    Karen O's Crush Songs is a quick little album perfect for, well, crushes- those small moments of inspired love mirrored through small songs of forgotten love.
    BEST TRACKS: Ooo, Body
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