Ladyhawke

  • Record Label: Modular
  • Release Date: Sep 22, 2008
Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. New Zealand multi-instrumentalist Pip Brown a/k/a Ladyhawke presents us with a treasure trove of found blips, as if the 1980s had been nothing but a gigantic mirror ball to smash and paste back together.
  2. Filter
    82
    Brown has an unlikely knack for putting quality into cliched, classic disco and rock. [Holiday 2008, p.106]
  3. We'll settle for saying it's a great record. Full stop.
  4. Ladyhawke’s louche synthetic pop is brazenly Bananarama, ridiculously ‘Rio’, and wonderfully Waterman, but the lack of posing – her sheer scruffiness – makes it the first credible ’80s pop record since ABC’s ‘The Lexicon Of Love’
  5. Ladyhawke is an accessible but immensely rewarding listen, and while some of this singer's influences may be middle of the road, her album isn't even on the road.
  6. Smarts to her, too, for making her pop sound so good that it never sounds like pastiche.
  7. Ladyhawke is unlikely to win any awards for originality but you'd be hard pressed to find a more consistent and hook-laden debut all year.
  8. 80
    Plundering the 1980s for inspiration (shock!), 27-year- old New Zealander Pip Brown emerges with a confection of synth-infused, mammoth-chorused tunes that sound surprisingly and thrillingly fresh.
  9. We can quibble about intent and expression, but in the end you will have to succumb to the heart, body and soul, and your brain might be left behind.
  10. 70
    Her eponymous debut is the closest thing to “Betty Davis Eyes” or “Stand Back” recorded for our generation, and yet it isn’t nauseatingly retro.
  11. Substantive lyrics aren’t part of Pip Brown’s forte but, then again, they’re totally unnecessary in the genre to which she peddles.
  12. Ladyhawke is brimming with ideas whose worst moments quantify this past and whose best build upon it.
User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 23 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
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    8
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