The Absence

  • Record Label: Decca
  • Release Date: May 29, 2012
Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 6 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
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  1. Mojo
    Jul 18, 2012
    80
    It could all be so much MOR easy-on-the-earwash but Gardot's silken voice, musicality and knack for a telling lyric exude class. [Jun 2012, p.92]
  2. May 29, 2012
    80
    [A] spellbinding third studio album.
  3. May 29, 2012
    80
    When you rouse yourself from Gardot's dream, it can be hard to recall any individual song, but the reverie is beautiful.
  4. Uncut
    Jun 1, 2012
    70
    The Absence isn't just an experiment in various styles. The songs are terrific. too. [Jul 2012, p.73]
  5. May 29, 2012
    70
    The album is a lush, somewhat orchestral album that finds Gardot delving into various Brazilian, Spanish, and African-influenced sounds -- including bits of samba, tango, bossa nova, and calypso -- that evince her global journey.
  6. May 29, 2012
    60
    It never really breaks free, but The Absence is, in its best bits, an album of real beauty and elegance, and should cause hearts to grow fond of her.

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