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  • Summary: The second full-length release for British singer-songwriter Billy Nomates was produced with James Trevascus.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Jan 13, 2023
    90
    Despite all the changes she introduces on Cacti, the honesty of Maries' music remains paramount, and the savvy and polish she brings to the album confirm she's an excitingly hard-to-pin-down artist.
  2. Uncut
    Jan 11, 2023
    90
    Cacti is relentless, laser-focused and irresistible. [Feb 2023, p.32]
  3. Jan 12, 2023
    90
    It’s a statement of intent from Billy Nomates, unbalancing sonic scales and weaving this into a force to be reckoned with.
  4. Jan 11, 2023
    80
    Cacti might show Maries in survival mode, but revealing vulnerability has seen her songwriting soften and come into its own.
  5. Jan 11, 2023
    80
    The narrative lines are fractured, the satire removed; these songs play out like stress responses, fight-or-flight impulses, each one a little panic room. ... There’s not a lot of feeling OK on CACTI, but for once, it feels like exactly the right place for Billy Nomates. She’s brought herself, entirely. [Feb 2023, p.86]
  6. Jan 20, 2023
    70
    Though the one-liners are at times a bit more fun, the emotions Maries explores in this collection remind us that practicing self-awareness and presence is truly the best way out of the time warp.
  7. Jan 11, 2023
    60
    CACTI is understandably more subdued than her self-titled debut, but the boisterous numbers it does contain, like spite, might feel more dynamic played live by humans – it feels like the energy that makes her such a captivating performer is being restricted by her drum machine.

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  1. Jan 13, 2023
    5
    Nach der Scheiße, freut sich jeder Mensch auf „Every Loser“ von Iggy, bitte als Kompliment auffassen.