Jewellery

Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. Without hyperbole, it is one of the most fun, vibrant, rewarding, intelligently structured pop records to shimmy through these parts in quite some time, taking cues from whichever electro-punk-pop-DIY-indie-sludge-rock hybrid 21-year-old Londoner Mica Levi fell in love with when she was 14.
  2. Micachu’s album has all the markers of quirky chic--an unusual voice, a fairly well-known producer, and a distinctive approach centered around pastiche.
  3. Thrillingly improbable pop made by a grade-A maverick. Three cheers to that.
  4. It's a joyful sound when she cuts loose, and wedded to an attitude you wouldn't mess with, works a treat.
  5. Combining hard experimentation with soft introspection, her scrappy, lo-fi production wrapped in warmth, Micachu's sparkling pop will leave Little Boots shaking in her shoes.
  6. 21-year-old future-dystopian grime DJ breaks new ground.
  7. Q Magazine
    80
    Jewellery is an extraordinary introduction to a unique talent. [Mar 2009, p.101]
  8. The shambling London trio Micachu & the Shapes embrace all manners of homemade noises on this cheeky debut, surprisingly produced by electronic experimentalist Matthew Herbert.
  9. A wild funhouse of an album, Jewelleryis more challenging and idea packed (not to mention more fun) than a lot of self-proclaimed experimental music.
  10. Despite the up-tempo spunkiness of half the album’s songs, the prevailing tone seems to be that of a musical android--equal portions ukulele and digital distortion.
  11. 80
    Micachu has made one of the strongest debuts of the year.
  12. Anyone who has found beauty in a chipped tooth or a grazed knee will find much to love here. Jewellery certainly doesn’t suffer from a paucity of ideas, and the lyrical subjects are more than a match for the band’s heterogeneous musical leanings.
  13. The 13 songs here average just 2:30 in length, but they cram a lot in.
  14. Levi and her band sound more like the future than the past, at a moment when we desperately need some more future, and as much as I've come to dig this album's awkward, brash cacophony, I want to hear what they do next even more.
  15. Levy's unorthodox and, in some cases, homemade instruments strum and stutter with calculated abandon; her heavy British accent slumps itself across this glitchy bubblegum arcade and blunts it.
  16. Jewellery then is not quite the set of glittering pop gems its title implies but boasts a handful of rough diamonds nonetheless, fidgety and uncompromising though all the more enjoyable for it.
  17. 70
    Mica Levi leads her trio through this 28-minute cockeyed burst, each song a bizarre little post-punk contraption that sounds like it’s ready to fly apart and wreak havoc. Yet her debut is also insanely disorienting fun.
  18. At first, the overwhelming weirdness—whether the listener finds that good or bad--precludes listening more analytically, and the whole experience seems crowded with random experimentation for its own sake. With a little patience, however, Jewellery soon orders itself.
  19. Uncut
    60
    Levi's eclectic debut strikes a winning balance between electro-glitch cacophony and shouty grrrl-pop. [Mar 2009, p.92]
  20. Under The Radar
    40
    The record is admirable for its crashing ambitions, but it unfortunately devolves into a tuneless, nearly unlistenable mire of avant-noise fragments. [Spring 2009, p.77]
  21. 30
    Jewellery, their latest album, plays like an act in a high school battle of the bands.
User Score
9.0

Universal acclaim- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Dec 13, 2012
    10
    i only ever write a review if an album is distinctly good, or distinctly bad. in the case of Jewellery, it is of the case of good. and noti only ever write a review if an album is distinctly good, or distinctly bad. in the case of Jewellery, it is of the case of good. and not just good.... fantastic! this is one of the most exciting and creative albums i have honestly heard in my life! there is a no holds back feel about it that makes this album magical. the tracks 'calculator' and 'turn me well' will be on repeat for hours and when you have finally managed to separate yourself from them they will haunt you for hours after! this album shows so much promise for this relatively unknown band. i am just waiting for the first real breakout song from this band then Micachu and the shapes will be a household name! i would almost be willing to bet money on it! i think this is the only band that can incorporate a vacuum solo and get away with it. do yourself a favor and get this album! Full Review »