Losing Sleep

Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
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  1. Entertainment Weekly
    Mar 18, 2011
    91
    A charmingly ramshackle disc of giddy garage-pop nuggets. [25 Mar 2011, p.79]
  2. Mar 28, 2011
    80
    He's used what could have been a tragic turn of events as fuel for a vibrant, engaging and often playful record.
  3. Mar 21, 2011
    80
    With or without well-known collaborators, his old hard-nosed concision comes through.
  4. Mar 10, 2011
    80
    In hard times, simplicity can provide the greatest comfort. Although the price of coming to this discovery can be a tragic one, Losing Sleep assures that things can only get better from here.
  5. He's made one of the best British albums of the year--that's why he should be feted.
  6. Collins has created a work full of effortless songs that meld '60s pop, new wave cool and classic tunes that are uplifting and surprisingly catchy.
  7. Mojo
    80
    Ex-Orange Juicer bounces back, against cruel and unbelievable odds. [Oct. 2010, p. 96]
  8. Uncut
    80
    Losing Sleep is a great record, period. [Oct 2010, p.102]
  9. These 12 tracks have an irrepressible energy that is all Collins' own, reflecting his twin loves of punk and northern soul; while his lyrics, always wryly self-regarding, have an urgency and bluntness that would make them seem inconsequential were there not so much at stake.
  10. Despite being an album that appears to be made up of such personal and reflective lyrical themes, the tunes themselves mostly rattle by in a flash with less regard for steady contemplation.
  11. Q Magazine
    80
    Resurgent indie icon with added Drums, Cribs and Franz Ferdinand. [Oct. 2010, p. 105]
  12. Mar 10, 2011
    77
    Even within individual songs, there's a genuine sense of struggle with a gamut of emotions: hopes, fears, joys and frustrations.
  13. Dec 6, 2011
    70
    Losing Sleep is a heartwarming tribute to Collins and a statement that, although he's still on the mend, he's still got a lot more to give.
  14. Under The Radar
    May 27, 2011
    70
    The sheer exuberance and joy with which these songs are delivered hint that another record would be a more than welcome artistic statement for a man who's made more than a lifetime's worth. [May 2011, p.83]
  15. Apr 14, 2011
    70
    This collection details the ups and downs of his post-stroke life, without ever sounding depressive or dirgey.
  16. Mar 29, 2011
    70
    The production is solid and his voice retains that smooth edge that still carries with it the slightest sense of vulnerability.
  17. Is Collins fully recovered? Overlooking his ongoing physical struggles and instead focusing on Losing Sleep, the answer must be a resounding and inspiring yes.
  18. Mar 21, 2011
    60
    Rather than making Collins sound as though he's trying to play catch-up to what the current generation of indie-rock kids are doing, the co-writes and duets on the album simply come across as a logical progression of the kind of retro-minded, catchy rock that Collins has been writing and performing over the course of his career.
  19. His ordeal is reflected in absorbing lyrics full of references to loss of dignity and self-doubt, particularly on the Ryan Jarman co-write What Is My Role? These are songs of determination and devotion.

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