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Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
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  1. Uncut
    May 20, 2022
    90
    As thrilling as it is unexpected. [Jul 2022, p.30]
  2. Mojo
    May 18, 2022
    80
    Beautifully black. [Jul 2022, p.88]
  3. May 10, 2022
    80
    It's a much less linear journey than we would expect from Owens, but it's also a welcome shift, an intriguing pivot from the very human themes of Inner Song. This time around, she invites the listener to wade through the fascinating depths of her imagination. It's hard not to close your eyes and surrender to the figure-eight flow.
  4. 80
    An album both beautiful and challenging.
  5. Apr 28, 2022
    80
    Forced to do something different out of circumstances, Owens searched deep within her musical soul and tapped into her deepest creative touchstones to record a remarkable record, one that’s a product of a distinct time and place in history.
  6. Apr 28, 2022
    72
    The record is about opposition: it haunts but soothes, it repels while drawing you in. As you listen, this unbridled exploration of sound will become part of your own dialectic subconscious rather than a soundtrack on your dancefloor. You have to listen.
  7. The Wire
    Jun 14, 2022
    70
    Not surprisingly, given Marhaug’s presence during the time of global crisis when it was produced, this album has a harder edge than Owens’s previous releases. [Jun 2022, p.60]
  8. May 3, 2022
    70
    While it's hard not to succumb to the subtle disappointment inherent in hearing an artist you love make such a sudden shift in sound, beyond that initial disappointment is an album that is the artist’s maturest to date. An album that is, somehow, equal-parts icy and warm; which progresses, despite this contrast, with an ease that is masterful; and which, inevitably, leaves me curious and yearning for LPs 3-7.
  9. 70
    LP.8 is certainly roomier than Owens’ previous work. More directed at dedicated dance-heads, more suited to the durgy decrepitude of basement dancefloors, and more abstract in its approach. But LP.8 provides further evidence that Kelly Lee Owens operates in a field entirely of her own.
  10. Apr 28, 2022
    70
    On LP.8, Owens draws from different, seemingly contradictory mystical energies, creating music that challenges and shocks as much as it soothes.
  11. Apr 28, 2022
    70
    Highlights ‘Voice’ and ‘Sonic 8’ will be a surefire test for any club or festival sound system to really prove its worth, and the cold, menacing techno of ‘Release’ sounds a bit like the insides of a power station working really hard to keep a city warm. That said, if you don’t have the huge rig needed to do these tunes justice, and with the days outside just getting warmer, it might be a tough sell to sit at home and curl up with ‘LP. 8’.
  12. Apr 28, 2022
    70
    With lyrics that are minimal and often delivered measured and mantra-like, LP.8 is hypnotic, introspectively abstract, and while some may find it too left-field, or lacking her more club-leaning tracks, it's not intended to follow in those footsteps. LP.8 creatively explores Owens' inner life while being inextricably tied to the current age.
  13. May 4, 2022
    69
    The fearsome symmetry and formidable concision Owens attempts here is a high-risk, high-reward strategy, and while the first half of the album comes on strong, the second half is a little more prone to interrupting itself.
  14. May 2, 2022
    69
    Even though LP.8 is a triumph in tone, it’s disappointing to listen to a record that feels as though Owens was self-conscious knowing the accessibility of the releases that came before it. ... But on the other hand, it would be foolish not to chase the muse, and this album is definitely born from the bleak times in which it was created.
  15. Jun 7, 2022
    40
    It certainly seems like a work-in-progress, a warts-and-all steppingstone to something better yet to be realised – sadly, it's also the first time Owens has sounded like anyone other than herself.
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  1. Jun 18, 2022
    8
    Lovely departure from the previous two albums. An insular, furious, lush, angry, divine collection of tracks free of melody and structure.Lovely departure from the previous two albums. An insular, furious, lush, angry, divine collection of tracks free of melody and structure. This electric entry will turn off a few of her previous fans, but others will lean into this dense and textured post-Covid howl. Full Review »