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  • Summary: The fifth full-length release for Mike Hadreas as Perfume Genius was produced with Blake Mills.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 25
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 25
  3. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. May 18, 2020
    100
    The most accessible album from Mike Hadreas (aka Perfume Genius) to date, without sacrificing any of his otherworldly strangeness and rich emotionalism. ... It is an album of vast depths that will reward a lot of listening.
  2. May 14, 2020
    100
    What Perfume Genius started with Too Bright was strengthened and solidified on No Shape and has been brought into full focus here, and nurtured to full bloom.
  3. 95
    Hadreas may be uncompromising but stubbornness has its rewards: few albums feel as distinct or as complete as his.
  4. May 15, 2020
    90
    All the nuances of desire that Hadreas explores on Set My Heart on Fire, Immediately enhance the individuality of each song, as well as his own individuality -- and as he honors every part of his music and himself, he gives listeners another rich, densely packed album to savor.
  5. Q Magazine
    Jun 9, 2020
    80
    The record's second half feels a little dreary after the spectacular opening, but the combination of doleful beauty and violent emotion that makes Hadreas's work extraordinary is never hard to find. [Summer 2020, p.104]
  6. May 18, 2020
    80
    Set My Heart on Fire Immediately is an important album for Hadreas because it opens so many doors for the future – but if he really wants to set our hearts on fire, I’d advise him to once again unleash the bombast.
  7. May 15, 2020
    70
    The slow, contemplative songs on Set My Heart on Fire Immediately are hit or miss. Most are moving mood pieces with intricate melodies, while some are bland and skippable. The best Perfume Genius moments are with the dynamic upbeat pop songs, jam-packed with hooks and danceable grooves. Throughout the album, Hadreas forms complex sonic textures out of the thoughts tormenting his psyche. The result is an album that thrills at times, invites quiet reflection at others, but is always interesting.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 30
  2. Negative: 1 out of 30
  1. May 15, 2020
    10
    This album is just phenomenal. Intimate, passionate yet experimental. It’s got sounds reminiscent of each of his previous albums, but it’s aThis album is just phenomenal. Intimate, passionate yet experimental. It’s got sounds reminiscent of each of his previous albums, but it’s a completely new body of work. Expand
  2. Dec 26, 2020
    10
    Este álbum se siente muy sentimental, emocional y es muy importante no evadirlo en un trabajo discográfico. La producción y lyrics de él teEste álbum se siente muy sentimental, emocional y es muy importante no evadirlo en un trabajo discográfico. La producción y lyrics de él te hacen sentir fenomenal y muchas veces con mucha energía. Muy experimental en cuanto a producción y rango vocal. Expand
  3. May 23, 2020
    10
    Amazing and exciting album. The best of the year or at least one of the best.
  4. May 19, 2020
    9
    Such an ethereal, moving, intense experience. Easily one the best albums of the year (if not the best) and possibly Perfume Genius' mostSuch an ethereal, moving, intense experience. Easily one the best albums of the year (if not the best) and possibly Perfume Genius' most accomplished work yet. Definitely recommended to everyone who's looking for a lot of drama and virtuosity in music production. Expand
  5. Feb 12, 2022
    9
    Another great output from the perfume genius outfit . A display of their growth and experimental freedoms. The singles were honest precursorsAnother great output from the perfume genius outfit . A display of their growth and experimental freedoms. The singles were honest precursors to this brilliant album of the year contender. An album that will forever be praised in his impressive discography. I enjoyed the albums cohesion which did nothing to sacrifice it's versatility. What i do find unfortunate is it's length which is exposed towards the conclusions of some songs where they seem to meander past their due or instrumentals that seem listless and can be dull in repeated listen though it must be admitted that it does strengthen the albums full sound. A great feat in production is how it is used to emote and add to the lyrics through augmented guitars or pitched pianos or even edited vocals stripped of their human warmth and made skeletal such as in the single "Describe" where u can hear the anxiety the speaker is feeling. The lyrical excellence of this album deserves it's own review. A lyrical highlight, Jason, describes the sad callousness of a casual encounter with someone who hasn't accepted who their are. A poignant reality to those in the lgbt. The addition of their shoes still being on or taking a 20 dollar bill from the back pocket is so perfect in encapsulating the clinical transactional sex between them . So beautiful. Despite the singles it would be difficult to hear songs outside the album experience.
    My favourite: Jason,Describe,Whole Life,On the Floor,Your Body Changes Everything
    Least favourite:moonbend,borrowed light
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  6. Jun 22, 2020
    8
    meh was just checking something out real fast to confirm if the website is reliable or not
  7. May 15, 2020
    3
    if MY WHOLE LIFE is perfume's, according to himself, best song he ever wrote, well i think i have disconnected with the guy along the way.if MY WHOLE LIFE is perfume's, according to himself, best song he ever wrote, well i think i have disconnected with the guy along the way. elderness is a terrible thing. no more underground rebel idgaf attitude. the new material is childish, obedient and critics favourite. that last one, alone talks for itself the best, about how safe is what you're going to listen.
    i still love the guy, but i don't like his boyfriend. it looks like he keeps Mike away from them sharp edges of life's tragedy. so that art can please, at large and wide, today.
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