• Record Label: Domino
  • Release Date: Jul 27, 2004

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. [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.
  2. Alternative Press
    Stripped-down and understated. [Sep 2004, p.136]
  3. Pulling every sound to its limit, Adem’s debut is glorious in its scope, maintaining a contemplative stride through bare instrumentation.
  4. The results breathe that same rarefied air as Nick Drake or Vashti Bunyan.
  5. It may be an unexpectedly traditional and conservative album, but it’s also an unexpectedly beautiful one.
  6. A record of remarkable beauty.
  7. 80
    Nothing less than a whole new world will do, and Adem has created just that.
  8. Mojo
    An open, emotionally congruent record that never tries to be clever and yet rarely seems dull. [Apr 2004, p.99]
  9. A collection of slow, sad, stately songs whose obvious studio smarts are dwarfed by a big bleeding folkie's heart.
  10. 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.
  11. It’s an atmospheric and tender record, and although you have to wait for each line you never lose patience.
  12. 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.
  13. Q Magazine
    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]
  14. [A] lovely album of folk-tronic lullabies.
  15. Homesongs is his minor key playground, filled with masterpieces in the making. All you have to do to enjoy them is slow... down...
  16. Rather than tinkering with tradition, he expands upon it with computer-generated hums and bleeps, tambourines and glockenspiel, warming the stark acoustic sound.
  17. He uses a roomful of instruments and toys to turn the album into a homemade pop symphony.

Awards & Rankings

User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. LeeR
    Apr 21, 2006
    Superb debut album, can't wait to hear more.
  2. petep
    Aug 3, 2004
    When friends come over, I put this on towards the end of the evening, and invariably end up writing the artist and title on a scrap of paper, When friends come over, I put this on towards the end of the evening, and invariably end up writing the artist and title on a scrap of paper, so that they can go off to buy it the following day. An emotonally generous set of songs and, by any criteria, a sensational debut. Full Review »