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  • Summary: The fourth full-length release for the indie singer-songwriter was produced by Blake Mills and features a guest appearance from Weyes Blood.
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Slip Away
Don't hold back, I want to break free Cause it's singing through your body And I'm carried by the sound Every jump, every single beat They were born... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 29
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 29
  3. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. May 10, 2017
    100
    On 2014’s Too Bright, Hadreas expressed liberationist sentiments, played with gender and made his queerness confrontational. This time, those themes are felt more heavily in the way he channels familiar riffs, structures and themes into something so singular, unsettling and beautiful.
  2. May 5, 2017
    95
    Hadreas let a little light in, upped the production values and expanded his sonic repertoire, creating a near-masterpiece of hair-raising emotional evocation.
  3. 83
    More often than not, however, this album brings you into its world and convinces you that love really is redemptive, that it can hold back the hounds at the gate.
  4. 80
    With Mr. Hadreas’s aching, androgynous voice at their center, the songs deploy cinematic orchestral arrangements, spooky electronics and instruments that can sound vividly natural or treated and surreal.
  5. Q Magazine
    May 9, 2017
    80
    His fourth LP feels like a statement of defiance, strength and unabashed beauty. [Jul 2017, p.112]
  6. May 5, 2017
    80
    No Shape is Hadreas’ longest album yet, and even moreso than its predecessor, it feels like a complete conceptual project. Taken as a whole, it’s a real thicket, imbued with the innocence and horror of fairy tale.
  7. May 1, 2017
    70
    Overall No Shape sees a new exciting chapter for Perfume Genius, one that’s happy to fully throw off the image of the tortured artist for brighter, bolder entity. The future looks a little brighter.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. May 9, 2017
    10
    Depois do maravilhoso "Too Bright", Mike Handreas retorna ao mundo da música com o viciante e harmônico "No Shape", que mergulha em cançõesDepois do maravilhoso "Too Bright", Mike Handreas retorna ao mundo da música com o viciante e harmônico "No Shape", que mergulha em canções sobre amor proibido, como em "Slip Away", e "Die 4 You" que descreve sobre sacrifício por aqueles que amamos. Expand
  2. May 22, 2017
    10
    "No Shape" representa a evolução emocional de Mike Hadreas aka Perfume Genius, enquanto seus últimos álbuns são todos excelentes, esse se"No Shape" representa a evolução emocional de Mike Hadreas aka Perfume Genius, enquanto seus últimos álbuns são todos excelentes, esse se destaca pela experimentação muito certeira de novas sonoridades e também por composições muito satisfatórias. É um álbum incrível artisticamente, mas também tem um valor incrível como refúgio para os outsiders que lutam para encontrar paz e felicidade. Expand
  3. Oct 6, 2018
    10
    I've never heard anything like this album, or honestly, like anything released by Perfume Genius. Whom I've only recently discovered. Melodic,I've never heard anything like this album, or honestly, like anything released by Perfume Genius. Whom I've only recently discovered. Melodic, sensual and at times, very dark and complex altogether. A beautiful and well refined record that I find myself coming back to at least once a week. Expand
  4. May 5, 2017
    10
    Mike has found a way to improve his musical carrier even more, with a more expressive and beautiful album. This is without doubt his bestMike has found a way to improve his musical carrier even more, with a more expressive and beautiful album. This is without doubt his best production in an album, lyrically and instrumentally. Expand
  5. May 11, 2017
    8
    Mike Handreas, has created an album with an ambiance filled with queer struggles of not "shaping" into the mold of society. With some stunningMike Handreas, has created an album with an ambiance filled with queer struggles of not "shaping" into the mold of society. With some stunning heavy synthesizers in "Otherside" and "Slip Away", but also with softer songs like "Die 4 you" and "Run me through". Truly creating one of the best albums of 2017. Expand
  6. Nov 9, 2017
    8
    Хороший эмоциональный альбом приправленный хороший вокалом и сочетанием инструментов таких как: бас-гитара, акустика, ксилофон, струнныеХороший эмоциональный альбом приправленный хороший вокалом и сочетанием инструментов таких как: бас-гитара, акустика, ксилофон, струнные смычковые.Один из лучших альбомов 2017 года. Expand
  7. May 11, 2017
    6
    He's a cute guy, of course, and he seems to be interested in creating songs with some sonic ambition, so I'm baffled to find out he's at hisHe's a cute guy, of course, and he seems to be interested in creating songs with some sonic ambition, so I'm baffled to find out he's at his best when he's just making regular pop songs. Perfume Genius is good whenever he keeps it simple. There's a sense of dilutedness in here; There're many tracks that go absolutely nowhere, specially on the second half.

    About as good as his last one, just a tad longer.
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