by Moses Sumney
- Record Label: Jagjaguwar
- Release Date: May 15, 2020
- 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.
- Record Label: Jagjaguwar
- Genre(s): Pop/Rock
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Positive: 17 out of 17
Mixed: 0 out of 17
Negative: 0 out of 17
May 14, 2020Equal 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.
May 14, 2020Grӕ 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.
May 19, 2020Moses Sumney and Mike Hadreas have made the albums of our strange quarantine season — bleak but tender, sprawling yet intricately detailed, as suffused with the need for physical contact as they are alert to its dangers and prohibitions. ... Stunning art-soul record. ... Yet as busy as the music can occasionally feel, both albums keep close track of the singers’ voices, which always merit the attention.
Aug 10, 2020For all of the purposefully oblique subject matter, the album never once feels indirect or opaque. ... His voice is multiply expressive, both in the way that a singer/songwriter’s voice in its lyrical accent would be, and in the way that someone like Daniel Lopatin’s production would expectedly turn a voice into beautiful putty.
May 14, 2020This 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.
May 18, 2020It’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.
The WireJul 14, 2020He knows that being the most complete version of himself requires lifelong searching – græ never fails to feel like such a journey. [Aug 2020, p.63]
Positive: 9 out of 10
Mixed: 1 out of 10
Negative: 0 out of 10
May 15, 2020A completely phenomenal piece of art that demands multiple listens, and close reading of its lyrics to fully understand.
Jul 26, 2020its sad when in this world such uncreative artist like Tailor Swift with decent but average melodies (Folklor) overhyped by media machineits sad when in this world such uncreative artist like Tailor Swift with decent but average melodies (Folklor) overhyped by media machine instead of this album with bold catharsic songs like Bystanders, Me in 20 Years or Bless Me.… Expand
May 16, 2020"I gave my life
...plus luxury sound.
Dec 28, 2022I think this album was fantastic. The genre-bending nature, Moses' genius and intimate lyricism, and his absolutely beautiful voice, that likeI think this album was fantastic. The genre-bending nature, Moses' genius and intimate lyricism, and his absolutely beautiful voice, that like the music does not stay pinned down in specific style, and instead weaves and meanders through multiple octaves and ranges and does so beautifully, even acting as an instrument in some of the songs (Cut Me). This album was absolutely beautiful.… Expand
Jul 4, 2020There is over an hour of material on Græ and nearly every moment satisfies. Sumney's magnificent production confronts you sonically while hisThere is over an hour of material on Græ and nearly every moment satisfies. Sumney's magnificent production confronts you sonically while his iconoclastic ideas challenge your code of ethics.… Expand
Dec 20, 2021There is something grand about this record. Is it the strong harmonies? Or maybe the focused production that unearths what it intends for youThere is something grand about this record. Is it the strong harmonies? Or maybe the focused production that unearths what it intends for you to feel. I've got it now,it's moses. This album is the best picture of him we've ever received. It explores the vast parts of him from his relationship with masculinity and femininity or with blackness and isolation. The key to this album is the little pieces such as the samles,interludes,base strum in cut me or violins in bles me. Everything is grand like a performance. Not a single moment is wasted in this album. A serious improvement on the meandering debut. Favourites:cut me,bless me,me in 20yrs,two dogs… Expand
Published: December 24, 2020We reveal the 40 highest-scoring album releases of the year, as well as some of 2020's bests and worsts in other music categories.
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