Metascore
83

Universal acclaim - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 20
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 20
  3. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Whilst his voice is nothing spectacular, its cracked but caring harmonics match the song material to a T, and when he strains for some of the notes, you feel the intensity of his need to convey the emotion in his lyrics rather than any irritation at his limitations.
  2. But Homesongs is not simply a procession of trembling troubadour tunes. For each turn of boxwood fragility, there's also one of bold and confident songwriting.
  3. With its soft lilts and cracked delivery, his rusty voice presses the same emotional buttons as Shane MacGowan and Arab Strap's Aidan Moffat. [May 2004, p.98]
  4. 80
    An open, emotionally congruent record that never tries to be clever and yet rarely seems dull. [Apr 2004, p.99]
  5. [A] lovely album of folk-tronic lullabies.
  6. Rather than tinkering with tradition, he expands upon it with computer-generated hums and bleeps, tambourines and glockenspiel, warming the stark acoustic sound.
  7. Stripped-down and understated. [Sep 2004, p.136]
  8. It may be an unexpectedly traditional and conservative album, but it’s also an unexpectedly beautiful one.
  9. Pulling every sound to its limit, Adem’s debut is glorious in its scope, maintaining a contemplative stride through bare instrumentation.
  10. The results breathe that same rarefied air as Nick Drake or Vashti Bunyan.
  11. He uses a roomful of instruments and toys to turn the album into a homemade pop symphony.
  12. It’s an atmospheric and tender record, and although you have to wait for each line you never lose patience.
  13. Homesongs is his minor key playground, filled with masterpieces in the making. All you have to do to enjoy them is slow... down...
  14. A collection of slow, sad, stately songs whose obvious studio smarts are dwarfed by a big bleeding folkie's heart.
  15. [A] lovely debut album of hushed folk that may be one of the best things in this sort of genre that I've heard in some time.
  16. A record of remarkable beauty.
  17. 80
    Nothing less than a whole new world will do, and Adem has created just that.

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