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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: 22 out of 22
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 22
  3. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. May 14, 2020
    100
    Whatever he’s doing, the results are uniformly fantastic: rich, fascinating and moving, packed with gorgeous melodies and arrangements that feel alive, constantly writhing into unexpected new shapes.
  2. May 14, 2020
    100
    It’s an absolute tour de force, a record full of drama and emotion and pleasure and pain.
  3. 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.
  4. May 12, 2020
    90
    Set My Heart on Fire Immediately is an enormous, cavernous record – the kind that invites you to sit inside and let your fears and triumphs echo against its glittering walls. It's been a small marvel to witness the transformation of Mike Hadreas, and his latest offering is only more proof that he's an artist unlike any other working today, capable of opening doors to the unknown and illuminating new pathways.
  5. Uncut
    May 22, 2020
    80
    These delectable hookfests metaphorically parallel Hadreas's move from the gloom of his Seattle hometown to his new base in sunswept L.A. [Jul 2020, p.33]
  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: 11 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 1 out of 12
  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. May 15, 2020
    10
    Deserves every bit of the praise it's receiving. Flows seamlessly despite all the varying styles within the album-- dreamy layered art pop toDeserves every bit of the praise it's receiving. Flows seamlessly despite all the varying styles within the album-- dreamy layered art pop to fuzzy shoegaze. Beautifully produced by Blake Mills, never feels bloated. One of the most satisfying listens of the year so far.
    Fav tracks: Moonbend, Leave, Jason, On The Floor, Borrowed Light, Some Dream
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  3. May 23, 2020
    10
    Amazing and exciting album. The best of the year or at least one of the best.
  4. May 15, 2020
    10
    I’m in awe by how laconic yet capacious his lyrics are. Not to mention the poetry and intimacy of it, backed by the softness of the music. AndI’m in awe by how laconic yet capacious his lyrics are. Not to mention the poetry and intimacy of it, backed by the softness of the music. And no skips whatsoever! This is a 10 baby. Expand
  5. May 20, 2020
    9
    The beauty of his music hasn't gone anywhere, neither the uniqueness, the frailty and the strength, the thoroughness, the will to exposeThe beauty of his music hasn't gone anywhere, neither the uniqueness, the frailty and the strength, the thoroughness, the will to expose himself and his feeling on such a way. Precious from start to finish. For the first 3 listenings, it could give you the impression that the line that separates this and his previous work is a little blurry (particularly, in relation to No Shape), but after that, Set My Heart on Fire Immediately shows to us its real face, and turns out that no, it's not that similar to No Shape, it's not less interesting than Too Bright, its production isn't one step behind. The only fact that Borrowed Light is the last track on this thing is enough statement that this album is probably his best work yet, and that he is, indeed, a Genius. Expand
  6. May 22, 2020
    9
    The new album is undeniably their most mature, a record filled with incredibly dense ballads, where his voice is presented with more depth andThe new album is undeniably their most mature, a record filled with incredibly dense ballads, where his voice is presented with more depth and range. It sometimes channels Roy Orbison (Whole life), Kate Bush (Without you) or even Cocteau Twins (Leave), but with a twist only him, this queer genius, could do. Expand
  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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