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Universal acclaim- based on 5 Ratings

  • Summary: The debut full-length release from British po-soul artist Olivia Dean was recorded by Matt Hales.
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  1. 90
    No matter how disorganised Olivia Dean proclaims this album to be, she doesn’t miss a beat – and instead generates a record with just about everything to deem itself ‘perfect’.
  2. Jun 30, 2023
    It reaffirms what she’s been doing right; it also claims new possibilities.
  3. 80
    Dean may have not shed all of her growing pains, but ‘Messy’ ultimately does everything a debut should, uniting multiple stories with a clear, radiant voice.
  4. Jul 6, 2023
    Messy has been given time to come to fruition, and that shows through every note. It’s a fine demonstration of Olivia Dean’s talent, and sounds every inch a marker of a long and successful career.
  5. Jul 6, 2023
    A bold, impressive debut offering, it finds the songwriter’s perfectionist streak paying off.
  6. Jun 30, 2023
    Among the hackneyed British soul tropes, the 24-year-old clearly has a distinct vision of off-kilter pop.
  7. Jul 11, 2023
    For a record titled ‘Messy’ it could ironically do with being a little less neat and tidy.
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