How I Knew Her

  • Record Label: Nonesuch
  • Release Date: Feb 12, 2013

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
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  1. Feb 11, 2013
    A heady and quirky mix of Regina Spektor, Leslie Feist, and Joni Mitchell, the second album from Nataly Dawn, the female half of heady and quirky indie pop duo Pomplamoose, is held together by the French- and Belgium-raised, Stanford-educated, American singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist's gift for gab, unique phrasing, and sophisticated musicality.
  2. Feb 7, 2013
    Cultdom seems assured at the very least, and How I Knew Her is less an album to yield all its myriad charms instantly, more one to slow-drip its way to adoration
  3. Feb 12, 2013
    Unlike their previous overdubbed recordings, the album has the nicely ramshackle clomp of a live band, and Dawn loosens up accordingly.
  4. 70
    It’s a haunting and sometimes convoluted narrative, but what Dawn lacks in clarity, she makes up for in sheer force.
  5. Feb 7, 2013
    The result is a bright and breezy album that’s easy to like, even if Dawn’s palpable enthusiasm does occasionally tip over into being cloying.
  6. Mojo
    Feb 7, 2013
    Although California-based, her echoey swamp sound encompassing bottleneck guitars and cellos recalls the friendly/eerie seductions of Bobbie Gentry or Emmylou Harris's Wrecking Ball. [Mar 2013, p.90]
  7. Feb 8, 2013
    Whilst How I Knew Her is lacking a little in inventiveness at times, and some of its oddities will rub up people the wrong way but there are still plenty of great moments scattered throughout to make it worth your attention.
  8. Feb 15, 2013
    There are classical references, quirky rhythms, and oddball singing as if something serious is happening. But the mix comes off as self-indulgence and childish.
  9. Q Magazine
    Feb 8, 2013
    Despite the skill, it's delivered like a well-to-do busker rather than with the requisite polish. [Mar 2013, p.96]
  10. Feb 15, 2013
    How I Knew Her glides by in 40 minutes without making any kind of impression at all, other than giving you a vague desire to hit up Starbucks.
  11. For the most part it works well, provided you can live with Dawn's butter-wouldn't-melt ingenue phrasing and tone.
  12. Uncut
    Feb 7, 2013
    The album is dominated by her fine, Jolie Holland-style whimsical vocals, backed by gorgeous arrangements from the mulch-instrumental band. [Mar 2013, p.70]
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  1. Mar 24, 2013
    Nataly's album cannot be considered as a ground-breaking one, but her sweet voice and melodies makes this album worth listening to (5 SongsNataly's album cannot be considered as a ground-breaking one, but her sweet voice and melodies makes this album worth listening to (5 Songs Per Artist Blog) Full Review »