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  • Summary: The second full-length solo release for the producer and former Vampire Weekend member was partly inspired by jazz.
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  1. Jun 4, 2021
    83
    While Half-Light feels more apt to be listened to under twinkling stars, Changephobia is a fitting record for sunny summer days, leaning into a stripped-down sound that combines pop with jazz.
  2. 80
    It shouldn’t all work together, but the record has a beautifully cohesive groove, the many disparate parts seamlessly fitting together in typical Rostam fashion.
  3. Jun 8, 2021
    80
    Beautifully constructed, surprising and brimming with invention - looking back at all the incredible music Rostam’s been a part of over the years, it feels as if he’s saved a little for himself on ‘Changephobia’.
  4. Jun 4, 2021
    72
    Even on an album so concerned with fluidity and risk-taking, Rostam mostly stays in his comfort zone. At its best, Changephobia frames the experience of giving in to doubt and ambiguity as a kind of empowerment. Other times, it just feels like giving in.
  5. Jun 17, 2021
    70
    The result is a mixed bag that features all sides of a fearless guy in construction yet practical in tone. The most interesting moments come when he decides to feature frequent collaborator Henry Solomon on saxophone.
  6. Jun 1, 2021
    70
    While Batmanglij has reduced the vast variety of sounds and distortion of his debut, the warmth of his vision remains.
  7. Rolling Stone
    Jun 2, 2021
    60
    Pleasantly ornate pop with classical flourishes. [Jun 2021, p.77]

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