• Record Label: Domino
  • Release Date: Mar 8, 2019
Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
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  1. Mar 11, 2019
    80
    SASAMI feels like a warm friend you haven’t seen in years, ready to reflect on life: how you’d hoped it’d be, and how it is. It doesn’t feel so bad when you’re together.
  2. Mar 11, 2019
    80
    It's a brilliant debut and immediately vaults Ashworth and SASAMI to the head of the class of 2019.
  3. 80
    At times the album that little bit too airy. As skilful as Ashworth is in crafting delicately spun melody--the jangling harmonies of ‘Morning Comes’, or the gentle lull of ‘At Hollywood’--her full force and potential truly reveals itself when the shadows burst out and take over, dragging her shoegazey soundscapes to the edge of the void.
  4. Mar 8, 2019
    80
    As a body of work, it sounds eerie and complex while still remaining delicate and cohesive and it’s a bold and well-rounded debut.
  5. Mar 5, 2019
    80
    Sasami is a gifted writer who is careful to develop arrangements that heighten the emotions of her songs. Listeners will relish the detail poured into her debut, its polish not too shiny to obscure the raw experiences that its songs are drawn from.
  6. Q Magazine
    Mar 4, 2019
    80
    Each song is like a little journal entry, lent emotional heft by Ashworth's use of repetition. [Apr 2019, p.114]
  7. 80
    Although SASAMI is a debut album, it feels more like the work of an artist whose craft is already honed--and that's because it is. You can hear the decades of refinement in Ashworth's songcraft, which makes for an absorbing collection of confessional songs both incredibly personal and widely relatable, on an incredibly self-assured debut.
  8. Mar 26, 2019
    70
    Though on occasion the album can seem to retread the same ground, there are enough interesting genre exercises (see the lithe space-funk of "Jealousy") and dynamic production decisions to compensate.
  9. Mar 8, 2019
    70
    Sometimes Ashworth sounds like she’s yearning to startle her own music’s hypnotically pleasant surface, and there are times you wonder if the gauziness of shoegaze is doing her a disservice, hiding her in plain sight. But SASAMI is a powerful first effort, and Ashworth is a compelling presence.
  10. Mar 6, 2019
    70
    SASAMI is a promising debut by an artist who’s been part of the scene for years but has now started down a path on her own. With a gift for confessional lyrics, a dusky, atmospheric touch and an outside-the-box mindset, Ashworth has more than proven that this is the time for her to step into the spotlight.
  11. Mar 4, 2019
    70
    Reinforced by the layered repetition that comes with recording on tape, this album finds its grace by turning heartache into cheeky, fork-tongued refrains.
  12. Mar 8, 2019
    60
    There are some moments here that feel a bit too languid--but SASAMI is still the sound of an artist stepping into the limelight and forging their own distinctive sound.
  13. Uncut
    Mar 4, 2019
    50
    A collection of songs that are superficially alluring but, bar standout "Morning Comes," rarely captivating. [Apr 2019, p.36]

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