Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
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  1. 90
    It's a fully-formed debut that demonstrates Giannascoli's talent for a variety of genres, pop bedrock and his own idiosyncratic experiments. As non-debuts go, they don't come much stronger.
  2. Nov 20, 2014
    80
    Taking a couple of tracks to ease into itself, the Philadelphian’s sound gradually teeters out of its comfort zone (Promise’s synthy Seinfeld funk is an awkward delight).
  3. Mojo
    Nov 19, 2014
    80
    DSU's charm is its blissfully carefree vibe. [Dec 2014, p.92]
  4. Uncut
    Nov 10, 2014
    80
    [Alex G] already shows a masterful handling of mischievous lyrics and beautiful melodies. [Dec 2014, p.69]
  5. 80
    It skilfully combines Neil Young’s dusty American songcraft with scratchy lo-fi and wandering electronic influences.
  6. Nov 7, 2014
    80
    Throughout DSU, Alex G fills in gaps and layers over his songs’ simple backbones with shy yet enthralling tweaks and shuffles.
  7. Nov 7, 2014
    80
    Which is the thing all the way through DSU, the parts that you recognise, that feel familiar (or rather Alex G's creation of a comforting sense of familiarity) make everything else seem richer for happening around it.
  8. Nov 7, 2014
    80
    It's careful yet effortless, passionate yet distant but above-all, wholly unique.
  9. Nov 7, 2014
    79
    His project, like the guy himself, has clearly reached, if not maturity, drinking age at the least. If Alex G keeps it up at this rate, the next round'll be on him.
  10. 75
    At its best, DSU cycles through that duality with aplomb, which will serve as an excellent introduction to his gigantic discography for all new fans.
  11. Nov 19, 2014
    70
    This is enduring evidence that the purest, most interesting music inevitably comes without hefty production or marketing budgets.
  12. Nov 7, 2014
    70
    The more you listen, the more obvious it is that Alex G is a bright new talent in his own right.
  13. Q Magazine
    Nov 13, 2014
    60
    Inevitably there are moments that would benefit from smoothing out, but part of the appeal is getting to ample Giannascoli's talent when it's still raw. [Dec 2014, p.110]

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