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78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
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  1. Jun 2, 2014
    80
    Hendra is an always beautiful, sometimes stunning album, if one that bears no trace of its creator's knack for house music.
  2. Mojo
    Apr 23, 2014
    80
    Hendra might deal with life's compromises, but there's no disappointment here. [May 2014, p.92]
  3. Q Magazine
    Apr 23, 2014
    80
    The acoustic-leaning song-cycle Hendra presents mature reflections on memory and loss. [May 2014, p.120]
  4. Apr 14, 2014
    80
    There's an unmannered honesty to Watt's singing and lyrics.
  5. Apr 14, 2014
    80
    Every element is in the right place but Watt is smart enough to leave some elements undone, giving the album a human heart that's evident no matter how deliberate the entire affair may be.
  6. Apr 10, 2014
    80
    His smooth but expressionless voice can be a little bland for a frontman (and is always improved by Thorn’s occasional harmonies) and his carefully considered lyrics have a tidiness that sometimes verges on the prosaic. Yet the gentle mesh of flowing melody, woven instrumentation and mood of hard-earned contemplation adds up to something quite profound.
  7. Apr 10, 2014
    80
    These are beautiful songs, penned from midlife. [May 2014, p.82]
  8. Apr 10, 2014
    80
    These songs have all the pretty chords and decorum you'd expect from Watt, best known as one half (with his wife, Tracey Thorn) of Everything But the Girl.
  9. 80
    There’s an aching pain that throbs throughout Hendra. But as the personal suffering that shapes the album is lamented, there is a clear cathartic quality to these songs.
  10. Magnet
    May 19, 2014
    75
    Watt's voice may not be quite as preternaturally stunning as that of his partner, Tracey Thorn, but it's eloquent and expressive, and fits beautifully with these 10 unflinching, autumnal ruminations, character sketches, pastoral travelogues and reflections on loss. [No. 109, p.61]
  11. Jun 2, 2014
    70
    The songs occupy their own modern spaces with a raging peacefulness.
  12. May 2, 2014
    70
    On the evidence of Hendra, instantly a nearly essential album in a decorated career, it’s a role that suits him.
  13. Apr 15, 2014
    70
    Ewan Pearson (who’s also produced Thorn’s recent solo works) adds a lovely, warm sheen to many of the songs, giving a classy final touch to an album that has more hidden depths than its MOR surface may suggest.
  14. Jul 10, 2014
    60
    Lyrics are reflective and well written--Watt is also a published author--but a middle-age malaise runs through these 10 tracks.
  15. May 7, 2014
    60
    Modestly presented but appropriately self-confident in its dedication to craft, Hendra is a low-key but sturdy delight.
  16. Apr 15, 2014
    60
    A solidly satisfying set.
  17. Apr 10, 2014
    60
    Hendra is such an impressively executed time capsule that it contains not only all of the pleasantries of the genre, but also its excessive earnestness.

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