Gem - U.S. Girls
Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Oct 23, 2012
    80
    Remy's greatest gift has always been her unique ability to dismantle and reassemble the pop form in a single song, and Gem is the most vivid document of that gift yet.
  2. Oct 24, 2012
    60
    GEM is far from a masterpiece, but it's the work of an intriguing young artist still shaping a distinctive voice. It's hard to know if the pleasure is in listening to it, or imagining where she might go next.
  3. 70
    The result of all this reinvention is a brief but unhurried, moody album that brings the hedonistic tendencies of glam and the obsessive undercurrent of Spector's girl group anthems to light.
  4. Oct 23, 2012
    80
    GEM is nothing short of spellbinding.
  5. Oct 23, 2012
    70
    GEM isn't just a fresh take on an old sound; it's an audit of the constraint placed on female artists in the past and a table-turning journey into what might have been possible if musical freedom meant more than obedience to parents, husbands and record producers.
  6. Dec 4, 2012
    70
    Gem goes by in 30 short punk-rock minutes, but the songs easily feel like beautiful, spacey epics. [No. 93, p.59]
  7. Oct 23, 2012
    77
    What makes Gem feel like a such step forward (and such a straight-up enjoyable romp) is the way it playfully appropriates the debauched excess of glam rock to achieve its own singular vibe.
  8. Oct 23, 2012
    70
    GEM is something of a rough one, for with every couple of engaging and captivating song comes a track that feels a little flat – experimental for the sake of experiment's sake... [Yet] all in all, there's a lot to recommend with GEM, making it more a work in progress of the artist at large.
  9. Nov 6, 2012
    70
    On GEM, the power of Megan Remy's hooks is almost dangerous, to the point of threatening to overwhelm entire songs. It's where she attends to the muscle of her work that GEM invites deeper listening.

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