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79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
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  1. May 17, 2017
    86
    With almost every track featuring very direct first person, Life After Youth is an extremely personal collection from Powell, but with some help from her friends and collaborators Sharon Van Etten, The Besnard Lakes, Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth) and Sal Maida (Roxy Music/Sparks), she has not only made the best record of her career, it’s also one of the strongest solo releases from any past or present Broken Social Scene members.
  2. May 31, 2017
    80
    The light touch Powell has with deeply felt emotions on this album is a rare combination that grows richer with each listen; she sounds older and wiser but also happier, suggesting that Life After Youth is just the beginning.
  3. May 19, 2017
    80
    Falling somewhere between Poliça with an Americana tinge and a less naff Fiona Apple, the likes of ‘Inner Lover’ and ‘This Time’ are cerebral cornerstones that hold up a record characterised by evident catharsis. One for when you’re feeling reflective.
  4. May 17, 2017
    80
    Assists aside, Land of Talk continue to showcase Powell’s singular musical vision, sounding a hopeful, tuneful note in her long-awaited return.
  5. May 17, 2017
    80
    With Life After Youth, Powell has gifted us a beautiful treatise on how to think about life, relationships and what's important.
  6. Magnet
    May 16, 2017
    80
    Although Powell's new land Of Talk is considerably more contemplative and understated, Life After Youth is an evocative and powerful step forward. [No. 142, p.57]
  7. Uncut
    May 16, 2017
    80
    The new songs possess an engaging spareness and intimacy while still making room for such guests as Sharon Van Etten. [Jun 2017, p.33]
  8. May 19, 2017
    75
    Life After Youth is a welcome reminder of why Land Of Talk was missed, and a promising glimpse at a second chance.
  9. 75
    Life After Youth is proof that the best days needn't necessarily be the early ones, and marks a strong and exciting return for fans and band alike.
  10. Jun 19, 2017
    70
    Some of that punchy vitality has been lost, but never does it obscure Powell’s ability to add bold expressions to her fine-grained accounts.
  11. May 31, 2017
    70
    Life after Youth sees the band still using the guitar as its focal point. This time around though the thorny, percussive guitar of albums’ passed is combined with a reverb-soaked wash on occasion, and it’s a pleasant addition to the group’s tonal palette.
  12. May 25, 2017
    70
    Powell pulls from the great depression era of our youth, while moving forward, melancholy but vibrant and immediate all at once.
  13. May 18, 2017
    70
    A solid, consistent return that sounds like the band never left.
  14. May 16, 2017
    60
    These two tracks [This Time and Loving] crest an emotional peak that isn’t quite matched elsewhere.

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