Life After Defo - Deptford Goth
Metascore
69

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Mar 18, 2013
    70
    Like some of his peers, Woolhouse can be a little too subtle for his own good, but on Life After Defo, he's crafted a promising debut with a distinctively cozy take on life's bittersweet moments.
  2. Jul 12, 2013
    60
    Life After Defo is relentlessly dour and somewhat limiting in its loneliness.
  3. Mar 21, 2013
    60
    Taken as a whole, it’s a pretty, enveloping record that executes its modern influences with panache, though the intangible, purely aesthetic nature of Woolhouse’s vaguely downhearted emotional state makes it hard to appreciate Defo as anything other than luxurious ambient icing.
  4. Mar 12, 2013
    70
    Deptford Goth's ghost R&B keens admiringly in the direction of Bon Iver and Active Child. [Apr 2013, p.69]
  5. Mar 12, 2013
    80
    Life after Defo occasionally feels like flicking through someone's heartbreak diaries. [Apr 2013, p.99]
  6. Mar 13, 2013
    40
    It feels hemmed in by its own musical limitations. [Apr 2013, p.94]
  7. 70
    Woolhouse mostly lives up to the dark nature of his moniker, but for brief moments he glimpses light at the end of the tunnel.
  8. Mar 13, 2013
    80
    Life After Defo is both complex and accessible, intricate and immediate.
  9. Mar 14, 2013
    80
    This is a lovely, gentle record; with some of those tentative edges smoothed away, Woolhouse could be a keeper.
  10. Mar 12, 2013
    80
    This is electro-pop with palpable emotion possessing its fizzing keys, guided by a vocal performance that underplays the fraught feelings found on the lyric sheet.
  11. Mar 12, 2013
    80
    With powerful juxtapositions of connection and disconnection, hope and despair, life and death, possession and loss throughout, Life After Defo is an absolute thesis on pop experimentalism.
  12. Mar 27, 2013
    70
    Scattered with the odd moment that’ll leave you in no doubt that Woolhouse is far from the finished product, he nonetheless offers glimpses of a talent that is at times unrivalled.
  13. 85
    Life After Defo is a truly captivating debut, with a poignancy that lasts far beyond the first listen.
  14. Mar 18, 2013
    60
    For all these derivations, however, Life After Defo convinces, its downcast, sweet-bleak beauty becoming more individual with every play.

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