• Record Label: Invada
  • Release Date: Jan 13, 2023
Metascore
84

Universal acclaim - based on 12 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
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  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. 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.
  3. Uncut
    Jan 11, 2023
    90
    Cacti is relentless, laser-focused and irresistible. [Feb 2023, p.32]
  4. Jan 17, 2023
    80
    Best described as a punk with a keyboard and tunes to burn, Nomates has dug even deeper for Cacti, her songwriting broadening its reach. Her deadpan takedowns remain heroic.
  5. Jan 13, 2023
    80
    This is a softer, more introspective approach than her barn-storming debut, but this 12-track album doesn’t lack the punch and bite of its debut in spite of this.
  6. Jan 11, 2023
    80
    A seething but persevering energy flows intensely CACTI.
  7. 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]
  8. Jan 11, 2023
    80
    Cacti might show Maries in survival mode, but revealing vulnerability has seen her songwriting soften and come into its own.
  9. 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.
  10. Jan 13, 2023
    70
    Bottom line: if you like diva pop with a little edge, have at it. But if you got into Billy Nomates because she reminded you of the Sleaford Mods, maybe sit CACTI out.
  11. Jan 11, 2023
    70
    There’s still that personable rawness to her production – the synthetic drums and often sparse arrangement mirroring her frequently despondent lyrical themes (“The death of everything real has happened…” begins ‘apathy is wild’). But her vocal offers warmth.
  12. 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.
User Score
7.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Jan 13, 2023
    5
    Nach der Scheiße, freut sich jeder Mensch auf „Every Loser“ von Iggy, bitte als Kompliment auffassen.