Positive: 12 out of 12
Mixed: 0 out of 12
Negative: 0 out of 12
Mar 12, 2019placeholder is an album that never gets stuck but also never feels less than thoroughly cohesive. That is a hard trick to pull off and Hand Habits does it with consummate aplomb. It felt like Wildly Idle would be difficult, if not impossible, to follow, and placeholder feels similarly devastating and accomplished.
Feb 26, 2019placeholder is the sound of Hand Habits hitting their stride, and playing to their strengths before anyone listening even realised what those strengths were. The guitar heroics of Duffy’s time in Morby’s band have yielded to an inspired flair for arrangements, piercing turns of phrase and the sound of an artist—and a person—truly finding themselves.
Mar 8, 2019What arrives is a virtually seamless country rock album, with verses moving fluidly into choruses that travel unimpeded across sparkling, architecturally sophisticated bridges. ... Duffy doesn’t leave a single loose thread on “Placeholder.” Highly recommended.
Feb 26, 2019On "pacify," one of the album's most memorable moments, Duffy incorporates each of placeholder's exact highlights--gentle, infinitely melodic acoustic guitars, and a richly layered aesthetic that is well defined and easily identifiable. This is where placeholder takes shape and eventually unfolds into a mesmeric journey of tedious attention to detail and songwriting.
UncutFeb 26, 2019These 12 songs have a resonance that's deep and wide, examining intimate/romantic connections and their power to wound and confuse, as well as relationships in the broader contexts of existential identity and being fused to a genealogical history. [Apr 2019, p.38]
MojoFeb 26, 2019Songs feel untethered, then crystallise in Sharon Von Etten-levels of devastation. [Apr 2019, p.96]
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