• Record Label: Matador
  • Release Date: Feb 21, 2012
Metascore
81

Universal acclaim - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. But where Learning drifted into the ether, this captivating follow-up thrives off harnessing his fragile sensibility to fulsome melodies.
  2. Feb 21, 2012
    90
    Perfume Genius is worthy of the hype, and the hyperbole: this is a fantastic record.
  3. Feb 17, 2012
    90
    Hadreas is a staggeringly talented songwriter, with Put Your Back N 2 It showcasing an array of songs as deceptively simple as they are jaw-droppingly powerful.
  4. It is the bravery of the album that is its greatest triumph.
  5. Feb 27, 2012
    84
    For all its violence, Back radiates warmth. Much of the beauty is due to the expanded instrumentation.
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 38 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Feb 29, 2012
    10
    Last year's Kate Bush effort, 50 Words for Snow, was built like this one. Then, I was thinking that Kate is a species on extinct. Not really.Last year's Kate Bush effort, 50 Words for Snow, was built like this one. Then, I was thinking that Kate is a species on extinct. Not really. Mike Hadreas is also able to provide a wonderful set of songs using mostly a piano and the voice. Using this paradigm would be deathly dangerous for the most of so called show-business stars, simply because they have NOTHING TO SAY ABOUT ANYTHING. Both in case of Kate and now Mike, there is a message to listen to. Perfume Genius metaphorically has put his back into lyrics and what could have been a message for gay men became the one which is universal. Full Review »
  2. Feb 22, 2012
    9
    Fantastically simple or simply fantastic? I think the latter.

    Some songs I definitely like more than others, but I can still let this play
    Fantastically simple or simply fantastic? I think the latter.

    Some songs I definitely like more than others, but I can still let this play through and at the end I still think it's too short and replay it. Besides the obvious improvement in recording quality and extra instruments. The guitars create intense flurries of feedback at the exact right moment, and the drums decorate Hadreas' frail piano.

    Perfume Genius has matured but has kept their immediacy and honesty.
    Full Review »
  3. Jan 7, 2015
    6
    This album is stylistically similar to Learning, but the production has changed and so has the songwriting. These tracks just don't have theThis album is stylistically similar to Learning, but the production has changed and so has the songwriting. These tracks just don't have the same emotional power that the ones on Learning had. I think putting PG's voice at the front of the mix like it mostly is on this album reveals the weaknesses of it. The album has the same ideas and motives as Learning did, but it feels emptier and a little lost. Full Review »