Metascore
89

Universal acclaim - based on 10 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
Buy On
  1. Apr 24, 2020
    100
    This album is a masterpiece.
  2. Apr 27, 2020
    90
    What makes Shortly After Take Off work is the attention to detail, both musically and lyrically.
  3. Apr 23, 2020
    90
    Written from the heart and dredged from pop music's boneyard, Shortly After Takeoff feels like the album Christinzio has been working toward his whole career.
  4. 90
    Sure, his prowess in mope-pop makes for a voyeuristic listen, but on Shortly After Take Off he invites us to take a twitch of the curtain obscuring the life of Brian from the outside in, and it’s a spellbinding and utterly wonderful thing.
  5. Uncut
    Apr 17, 2020
    90
    A heroic, controlled crash landing. [May 2020, p.25]
  6. Apr 24, 2020
    80
    Adopting a very domestic lyrical setting whilst grappling bravely with big issues, Shortly After Takeoff offers ideal lockdown listening, a touching black comedy of emotional isolation.
  7. Mojo
    Apr 17, 2020
    80
    At times it's all too much, but Christinzio knows how to burn without crashing. [May 2020, p.88]
  8. Q Magazine
    Apr 17, 2020
    80
    Paranoid, doomy synths temper the classicism of Christinzio's luxuriant Harry Nilsson songwriting. [Jun 2020, p.94]
  9. Apr 24, 2020
    75
    Shortly After Takeoff is a powerful collection made by someone who’s had to endure more than his fair share of turbulence.
  10. Apr 17, 2020
    60
    These musical twists and turns can occasionally detract from Christinzio’s lyrics, which veer between gallows humour and vulnerability. When the latter half of the album gives his words more room to breathe, their impact becomes even greater.
User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 28 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 28
  2. Negative: 1 out of 28
  1. Apr 25, 2020
    10
    A work of genius. Despair through the lens of bonkers production, unforgettable melodies, dark humour, and disturbingly poetic lyrics.
  2. Apr 25, 2020
    10
    Christinzio returns with a masterpiece, a truly inventive piece of art. For anyone (rightfully) feeling indie music had left itself withChristinzio returns with a masterpiece, a truly inventive piece of art. For anyone (rightfully) feeling indie music had left itself with nowhere new to go, BC Camplight has emerged as the tour guide, hacking down new paths in the jungle. Shortly After Takeoff is a true marvel. Brian Christinzio is the new master of inventive pop. Full Review »
  3. May 8, 2020
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. BC Camplight is such a talent, he's incredible live and I didn't think he'd top the last album but I think he's gone and done it! Full Review »