Somewhere Else - Sally Shapiro
Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Some might call it Kylie for hipsters, but it's quite lovely for that.
  2. Feb 26, 2013
    80
    Sally Shapiro has beguiled fans at the intersection of electronic dance music and twee indie-pop with its near-perfect time capsules of ’80s synth-pop. The format hasn’t strayed much on this third full-length album, although the landscape has.
  3. Feb 25, 2013
    80
    As it is, with the improvements, revamps, and overall more interesting arrangements, Somewhere Else manages to be the equal of Disco Romance, and the only reason it isn't better is that it lacks the surprise factor that made Sally Shapiro's debut so breathtaking.
  4. 75
    Somewhere Else makes for an invaluable addition to any self-respecting pop-loving household.
  5. Mar 5, 2013
    73
    In Somewhere Else, Sally Shapiro dip from toe to calf in new soundscapes and are enlivened by the feel.
  6. While Sally Shapiro (the duo) take some much-appreciated baby steps towards new sounds on Somewhere Else, Sally Shapiro the frontwoman remains just as stuck in unrequited love as ever, and the music that supports her is no less bouncy or plasticine as her previous stuff.
  7. Mar 21, 2013
    70
    Shapiro’s enchanting whisper of a voice guides you along, only occasionally bringing you back to earth with lyrics that speak of lost love and struggle.
  8. Mar 8, 2013
    70
    Taken as a piece, Somewhere Else can’t live up to those giddy heights, but its sweetness is still to be savored.
  9. Feb 21, 2013
    70
    Despite their heavy reliance on the past, in Somewhere Else there are more hits than misses.
  10. Mar 1, 2013
    69
    It's not terrible, just uninspired, and only goes to show that the disco romance formula is both harder to pull off and more singular than you'd think.
  11. Feb 20, 2013
    65
    Somewhere Else is largely a more chilled-out affair than its predecessors. [Jan-Feb 2013, p.89]
  12. Jul 17, 2013
    60
    Overall, Elsewhere is that rarity of a companion album that works well on its own.
  13. Jun 14, 2013
    60
    Somewhere Else can feel like a long EP with a companion remix disc than a complete, cohesive album, boasting some strong singles and filled out with some efforts that are worthwhile enough but can’t quite match up.
  14. Mar 7, 2013
    60
    While the songwriting is more varied here than on previous LPs (Shapiro sometimes causes rather than experiences heartbreak), the pop hooks don’t always ascend to the maximal sound they aim for.
  15. Feb 20, 2013
    60
    Sally Shapiro continues to revel in this cheesy yet faintly psychedelic sound. [Mar 2013, p.76]
  16. Mar 15, 2013
    55
    Shapiro's singing is as wispy and wafer-thin as ever, her limp, lovelorn lamentations just as piteously plaintive. Your call whether that's charming or cloying, but it's not exactly the most versatile approach. [No. 96, p.59]
  17. Mar 1, 2013
    50
    It’s difficult to qualify Somewhere Else as middling because it proposes a whole new set of exciting challenges for Shapiro, but it also brings about a befuddling, poorly sequenced effort that crosses out songwriting ingenuity with across-the-board dancehall padding.
  18. Feb 20, 2013
    50
    Nothing on the album is overtly bad (except for the goofy blather of "Starman," notably the only upbeat love song on the album) and some of it is actually good (the wailing saxophone of "Sundown" is ghostly and surprising), but what does it offer other than comfort and familiarity?
  19. Feb 20, 2013
    40
    At its best, Somewhere Else produces a few tracks worthy of putting on and dancing to in the middle of the night. At its worst, it's repetitive material that should've stayed on the cutting room floor.
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  1. Feb 26, 2013
    7
    I would have preferred more technicality in the musicianship but it's pop, so that's okay. Overall I just love her vocal timbre and ability,I would have preferred more technicality in the musicianship but it's pop, so that's okay. Overall I just love her vocal timbre and ability, and how beautifully floats over the electronica beats. It's something you can melt to AND dance to. Really great. Full Review »