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  • Summary: The debut full-length release for the Los Angeles-based singer songwriter was produced by Justin Raisen and features contributions from Kim Gordon, Marissa Nadler, and Angel Olsen.
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  • Record Label: Interscope
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Singer/Songwriter
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Q Magazine
    Dec 20, 2017
    80
    His penchant for flyaway drama is anchored by his winning way with a soaring melody. [Feb 2018, p.115]
  2. Uncut
    Nov 27, 2017
    80
    Wildly ambitious debut. [Jan 2018, p.26]
  3. Nov 27, 2017
    60
    While the album itself falls short. The ambition is admirable, but what makes the songs commendable is their refusal to thrive. They are deeply melancholic. There's a focus on Rothman's drug addiction itself rather than the desire to resolve it, a resignation to dying rather than a desire to learn how to live.
  4. Nov 27, 2017
    60
    Ultimately, listeners who can embrace the idiosyncrasies of Rothman's voice and the throwback production (don't miss the Kristin Kontrol track, "Jordan," for that niche Casio-and-saxophone sound) will find an intriguing if hit-and-miss set of underlying songs with strokes of classic Brill Building and sophisti-pop.
  5. Mojo
    Nov 27, 2017
    60
    Tempting to ask for more of this dark night of the soul. [Jan 2018, p.94]
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Jan 4, 2018
    10
    Wonderfully eclectic album that I have found myself playing over and over again. Rothman's voice channels Mark Hollis meets Leonard CohenWonderfully eclectic album that I have found myself playing over and over again. Rothman's voice channels Mark Hollis meets Leonard Cohen meets Arthur Russell. The lyrics have a sadness and depth i have not heard in a long while. Bravo! Expand
  2. Aug 19, 2018
    6
    Weird voice and an LP that is pleasant but not outstanding. I saw a little singer-songwriter with electronic touches here and there and a Folk bulk.