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  • Summary: The third full-length release for the London-based, New-Zealand born and Australian-raised alternative R&B artist was inspired by "dystopian views of our future."
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
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  1. Jun 19, 2019
    90
    Origin is a rich, intoxicating listen that benefits from Rakei's clear, succinct vision. In effect, the desire to challenge himself to write a more thematic, conceptual album has encouraged him to write more immediate, more impactful songs. The result is a remarkably accomplished album that offers more with every listen.
  2. Jun 12, 2019
    80
    A meticulous songwriter and producer, Jordan Rakei has opened up his sound with Origin, extending an invitation into a highly creative mind eager to deepen the bonds created with his listeners.
  3. Jun 12, 2019
    80
    Experimental production combines with soulful pop here, as we see Jordan Rakei is at his brightest and boldest.
  4. 75
    A truly interesting album that is sure to maintain Rakei’s notoriety amongst artists and listeners.
  5. Q Magazine
    Jun 12, 2019
    60
    Rakei's gently wistful tone fits the general mood, though it's something of a relief when he shifts gears. [Summer 2019, p.115]
  6. Mojo
    Jun 12, 2019
    60
    While the woozy house piano of Mad World, contained dynamics of Mind's Eye and tension-building twists and turns of Oasis are early highlights, RAkei's crying falsetto and brooding croon often carry far too leisurely songs whose midtempo grooves run the risk of rolling into one. [Jul 2019, p.86]
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  1. Jun 19, 2019
    8
    cohesive and very sentimental. just perfect. jordan deserves all the recognition in the world.