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  • Summary: The third full-length release for the Meg Duffy project features a guest appearance from Perfume Genius and was produced by Sasami Ashworth and mixed by Chris Coady and Kyle Thomas.
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  • Record Label: Saddle Creek Records
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Alternative Singer/Songwriter
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  1. Oct 20, 2021
    100
    From the surety of Aquamarine to the simple vulnerability of Graves, Duffy strikes an irresistible balance between sorrow and joy, once again displaying their knack for dressing stark trauma in infectious beats and major chords. Whether a coping mechanism or an inside joke, the result is truly exciting music that is also uniquely heartbreaking.
  2. Oct 22, 2021
    80
    Like a menagerie of the rickety carnival rides of old, it’s easy to get swept up in the array of what Fun House has on display. That the album also contains a gut wrenching inventory of Duffy working through their past without hammering you over the head with it, is Fun House’s best sleight of hand.
  3. Oct 25, 2021
    80
    A luscious record bursting with ideas, technical flourishes and unexpected turns - ‘Fun House’ is Duffy’s greatest achievement yet.
  4. Nov 2, 2021
    79
    Hand Habits’ music is the kind where there are no certainties; it’s all searching with the occasional discovery, but the detail of the journey is the beauty.
  5. Oct 27, 2021
    78
    Fun House embodies all Duffy’s gifts at once, bringing their virtuosic talent into their own wheelhouse, on their own terms.
  6. Oct 20, 2021
    70
    The difficult thing about Fun House, which by this point becomes apparent, is that musically it primes you for a very different experience than the one it delivers. The middle section’s prolonged, sedate atmosphere feels like a slog following the album’s energetic opening. Not that the material doesn’t reveal its own strengths over repeated listens when given the chance.
  7. Uncut
    Oct 21, 2021
    70
    Their most collaborative but also most pointedly personal, reckoning with loss, queerness and self-actualisation through music that is as adventurous as it is immediate. [Dec 2021, p.27]

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