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5.9

Mixed or average reviews- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 22
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 22
  3. Negative: 8 out of 22
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  1. Apr 25, 2022
    9
    This album really shows Hatchie's growth as the songs all are a step up in complexity and style. The synths are even more present now than on '19's Keepsake and the shoegaze that was so prevalent early on is now mixed with heavy dream pop, which I really adore. But, what is lost in the shuffle a bit is just how good Harriette's songwriting is. She is growing a lot as an artist andThis album really shows Hatchie's growth as the songs all are a step up in complexity and style. The synths are even more present now than on '19's Keepsake and the shoegaze that was so prevalent early on is now mixed with heavy dream pop, which I really adore. But, what is lost in the shuffle a bit is just how good Harriette's songwriting is. She is growing a lot as an artist and Giving The World Away is a nice step forward. The Rhythm will easily make my top 11 songs of '22 and gems like Quicksand, This Enchanted, GTWA, & Lights On just add to the beauty and quality of the album. Expand
  2. May 1, 2022
    10
    This was my introduction to Hatchie's work and it's a strong album to begin with. Each song invokes a sense of dreamy nostalgia while maintaining a sense of modernity. I'm left feeling a sense of peace and warmth by the time the album comes to a close.
  3. Apr 25, 2022
    10
    This album shows a new side of Hatchie and her extraordinary musical talent
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73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Apr 29, 2022
    74
    These 12 songs are denser in their instrumentation and production than Hatchie’s previous work. ... Regardless, the album is still imbued with Pilbeam’s established touches of enchantment and sensitivity.
  2. Uncut
    Apr 27, 2022
    60
    On her 2019 debut album Keepsake, Harriette Pilbeam, who records as Hatchie, showed an inclination to take her shoegaze-infused pop onto the dancefloor. That’s something continued on Giving The World Away. [Jun 2022, p.28]
  3. Apr 26, 2022
    54
    The album's aesthetics are vaguely mostly there, but their function feels overly superficial. Giving The World Away does raise the bar over Keepsake in that it explores a wider range of palettes (jangle pop, gazey noise pop, synth-pop) and backs itself with a more momentous set of beats, but this is largely undermined by Pitfall the Second: Hatchie the vocalist.