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  • Summary: The double album (released also as two separate EPs] for the experimental artist features a guest appearance from Jill Scott and elements of folk, jazz, indie rock, pop, and soul music.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
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  1. May 14, 2020
    100
    Equal parts elegant and antagonistic, it comes together to be every part the listening experience that he wanted it to be - complex, unconventional and ultimately, essential.
  2. 100
    græ finds him trying to be, well, everything, and through a convergence of folk, jazz, classical, and art-rock, along with his probing lyricism, Sumney has managed to produce a sonic marvel.
  3. May 14, 2020
    91
    Grӕ is so rich in content and so vast in musicality it would be impossible to unpack everything in a single review. It is complex yet universal – comforting yet unsettling. It lives in an incorporeal realm of its own, and somehow, Sumney has gained complete and utter command over it.
  4. May 15, 2020
    86
    Where Aromanticism was intimate and sleek, græ is rangy, sprawling, a riot of moods from lustful to angry to broken-hearted. ... The most powerful moments on græ examine the distance between this wariness and the loneliness it produces.
  5. May 14, 2020
    83
    The intensity and diversity of Part 1 hinted at even more bombastic and unexpected songs to come on Part 2, which instead mostly continues the sound he already mastered on Aromanticism. It’s not that Part 2’s songs aren’t gorgeous and poignant; it’s just that, given Sumney’s unwavering focus on shattering longtime boundaries, Part 2’s songs occupy shockingly familiar musical territory.
  6. 80
    This is a brave, vulnerable and ambitious work that asks us to recognise and celebrate our own grey areas. It’s an album full of possibility and startling scope, and which, ultimately, finds peace among the pain.
  7. May 18, 2020
    80
    It’s hard to imagine many of its songs being performed onstage, even before the pandemic — even as it encompasses more sonic possibilities, from the orchestral to the surreal. ... Sumney doesn’t have to explain himself in prose. His songs do it even better.

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  1. May 15, 2020
    10
    An absolute serve. A flawless album from the beginning to the end. Truly a masterpiece. Best tracks: Cut Me, In Bloom, Colouour, Polly, Me InAn absolute serve. A flawless album from the beginning to the end. Truly a masterpiece. Best tracks: Cut Me, In Bloom, Colouour, Polly, Me In 20 Years, Lucky Me, Bystanders. Honestly the whole album is so amazing, and so are the interludes. A true work of art. Expand
  2. May 16, 2020
    10
    "I gave my life
    To something
    Something bigger
    Than me..."
    ...plus luxury sound.
  3. May 17, 2020
    10
    One of the best albums to come out in 2020 so far. Every song takes you on a journey. A significant step up from Aromanticism, which was alsoOne of the best albums to come out in 2020 so far. Every song takes you on a journey. A significant step up from Aromanticism, which was also a great album. Expand
  4. May 15, 2020
    10
    A completely phenomenal piece of art that demands multiple listens, and close reading of its lyrics to fully understand.