• Record Label: Domino
  • Release Date: Jun 5, 2020
Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 7 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
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  1. Jun 22, 2020
    80
    Like the obtuse artists that LA Priest takes notes from, the best moments on Gene come when these perspectives are deeply inward looking and warmly welcoming at the same time.
  2. Q Magazine
    Jun 9, 2020
    80
    There are funk-pop uplifts too, but it's when he slows the pace down that Eastgate really comes into his own. [Summer 2020, p.101]
  3. 80
    Much like its predecessor, GENE fuses flights of accessibility in parallel with the unorthodox, achieving a split-tone depth that at once evokes a murky, warbling uneasiness and in equal measure boasts splashes of untroubled psych-pop brilliance. Earworms deployed in quick succession, Dust helms familiar inventiveness and ingenuity that can sometimes feel a rarity.
  4. Jun 8, 2020
    70
    This is an intriguing record whose rewards come slowly but which leave a lasting impression. There is a restless quality to Sam Eastgateā€™s songwriting that feels very much of the times in which we live, but there is a warmly soulful side to balance it.
  5. Uncut
    Jun 5, 2020
    70
    This time the material is vivid and freakier. [Jul 2020, p.30]
  6. Jun 5, 2020
    70
    At times, it feels like a test drive, pushing the boundaries to prove to itself what can be done. But when he concentrates his focus and narrows his noodling, it delivers substance and heft.
  7. Mojo
    Jun 5, 2020
    60
    Gene is not restful, but it displays impressive commitment to following the whorls and helixes of its inner logic. [May 2020, p.86]

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