Home Again


Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. Jul 25, 2012
    While Kiwanuka is extremely talented, his songwriting needs work; some tunes are weighed down by clunky melodic or clumsy lyric turns.
  2. May 23, 2012
    A record that radiates like a yule log.
  3. 60
    A pleasant-enough handful of easy-going songs, in which the focus on warmth has left them lacking bite... but the warmth of that voice is undeniably beguiling.
  4. Home Again is sweet, inoffensive, well-intentioned and gently, grainily melancholic, and it operates most fluently at the slow temperature which offends some while delighting others.
  5. Mar 12, 2012
    To say Michael Kiwanuka's debut is not the most modern-sounding album would be an elephant-sized understatement.
  6. Mar 12, 2012
    A record that settles into a nicely crafted, twinkly retro rut without really grabbing you by anything more vital than your lapels; tweedy, bespoke, second-hand.
  7. Magnet
    Jul 20, 2012
    Home Again is an album with a powerful voice, but little to say. [No.89, p.56]
  8. Oct 9, 2012
    While Home Again rockets with infinite promise and closes on the moody brilliance of the Dan Auerbach-assisted "Lasan," the interim doesn't always clear that high bar.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Jan 12, 2013
    Really great album.. Cool old retro sound and filled with a bunch of really nice tracks. Low key, but in the best way. Can't wait for the next one!
  2. Mar 23, 2012
    Very strong debut from London soul artist. It might be the style of music but the record sounds more mature than his years. Most of the songsVery strong debut from London soul artist. It might be the style of music but the record sounds more mature than his years. Most of the songs are very well written and at 10 tracks (38 minutes) it's the ideal length for this type of music. Musically it reminds me of Van Morrison's early stuff a lot the time while the vocals definitely sounds like they're from a different era. He's been compared to Otis Redding - not sure if he has as good a voice as him, but there are similarities. He reminds me of Ray Lamontagne's voice. The final track "Worry Walks Beside Me" is one of the best closers I've heard in a long time. Tipped for big things by the BBC Sound of 2012 poll, that nod alone has guaranteed him some commercial success. Hopefully he can build on it over the years to come. There is no doubting he is very talented. Full Review »