• Record Label: Mute
  • Release Date: Feb 28, 2012
Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Feb 3, 2012
    90
    She may not take life too seriously, but when it comes to making divine music, Beth means business.
  2. Feb 21, 2012
    80
    A dazzling listen. [Mar 2012, p. 105]
  3. Feb 21, 2012
    80
    Yours Truly, Cellophane Nose is as restrained in its own way as it is vibrant; just over 30 minutes long, it shows that Houghton knows how to leave listeners wanting more.
  4. 80
    Her debut album has been a long time coming, but the two-year wait has yielded an end product that's been caringly crafted well beyond what you'll hear on most first albums.
  5. Feb 6, 2012
    80
    An album of scope and unbridled invention, drawing from the past (in both music and aesthetics) to create a universe of sounds and textures that are quite unlike anything around at the moment.
  6. 80
    This debut LP is lit up by an imagination as huge and outlandish as her onstage wigs and it makes for songs that bloom.
  7. Feb 3, 2012
    80
    Now, it seems, her time has finally come.
  8. Feb 2, 2012
    80
    Yours Truly, Cellophane Nose is a success, in that it captures what Beth Jeans Houghton has been doing in her live shows for the past couple of years, without diluting or rushing it for the sake of a time-specific tag.
  9. Jan 31, 2012
    80
    It's been worth the wait. [Feb 2012, p.96]
  10. Jan 30, 2012
    80
    There's an album worth of ideas packed into each song, and a career's evolution contained within the 10 tracks. [#39, p.69]
  11. Jan 25, 2012
    80
    It is not very often that an artist comes along that is so strikingly unique and hugely talented and with Yours Truly, Cellophane Nose Beth Jeans Houghton has made a beguilingly lovely debut album that shows immense promise.
  12. Jan 24, 2012
    80
    An album that is as eccentric as it is atmospheric. [Feb 2012, p.90]
  13. Jan 24, 2012
    80
    [Houghton's] first album of idiosyncratic banjo pop has been worth the wait.
  14. If you take one thing away from this debut, take away the fact that it's thoroughly deserved.
  15. Mar 6, 2012
    60
    Has enough bright moments to ensure that Houghton will hone her experimentation in time.
  16. She has ... created a sound which is almost absurdly ill-matched to her songs.
User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Feb 28, 2012
    8
    Grand and spectacular the one moment, and then quiet and sensuous the next -- paced perfectly and delivered suberbly, ever-surprising butGrand and spectacular the one moment, and then quiet and sensuous the next -- paced perfectly and delivered suberbly, ever-surprising but perfectly restrained. She may be borderline insane, but she has crafted a killer record for sure; rarely is something so inticing, exciting, and so full of personality as this. Recommended: â Full Review »