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  • Summary: The debut full-length release for the Canadian artist Micah Visser was recorded with Neil Comber.
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  • Record Label: Transgressive
  • Genre(s): Reggae, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, New Wave/Post-Punk Revival
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
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  1. Feb 13, 2020
    90
    What Lana Del Rey did last year for the 1970s singer-songwriter genre on Norman Fucking Rockwell, Boniface has managed to do for 1980s pop on this stunning, multifaceted debut album: embrace a genre while effortlessly elevating it.
  2. 85
    The album is an unguarded, autobiographical account of Visser’s most precious and challenging moments. The music doesn’t just shine, it reveals the individual struggle of “growing up, moving on, and everything that happens in between,” says Visser.
  3. Feb 13, 2020
    80
    Written throughout their teenage years, they deliver an unfiltered journey of self-discovery.
  4. Feb 13, 2020
    80
    Boniface is youth music, both in its vibrant shimmer and its wide-eyed, confessional storytelling, verging on embarrassing but typically landing somewhere raw and urgent.
  5. Feb 13, 2020
    78
    Disarming, and maybe slightly disingenuous, Boniface shows very clearly that Visser has full control, along with a wide-open heart and a keen ear. They make the most of those attributes, which coalesce into a first-rate debut LP.
  6. Feb 13, 2020
    70
    Throughout, Visser's earnest, quivery vocal delivery adds authenticity to emotionally raw, guileless lyrics, making Boniface an affecting debut with just enough hooks to compel repeat listens by pop fans.
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  1. Feb 16, 2020
    10
    Shimmering beauty in every song, this album is a gift to the music world. This album invites you to dance along, cry along, share your deepestShimmering beauty in every song, this album is a gift to the music world. This album invites you to dance along, cry along, share your deepest secrets. Expand
  2. Feb 14, 2020
    9
    This stunning debut makes my arms feel like jelly and my heart feel like gold. Beautiful and surprising throughout. Daring and fresh. VisserThis stunning debut makes my arms feel like jelly and my heart feel like gold. Beautiful and surprising throughout. Daring and fresh. Visser has captured, in song, the perpetual motion of youth. They do so with a raw honesty that could make some listeners blush, or call the person they bullied in school to say sorry, or to ask the person they've loved in secret to dance.

    The places where the record is imperfect actually serve to make this a more authentic offering. It's kind of the thesis of the record: Come as you are. Bust a risky dance move. Look inward. This could not be a more exciting, more inciting first offering from Boniface and a sign of where Visser will to grow to as a writer and artist.
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