• Record Label: XL
  • Release Date: Apr 7, 2023

Universal acclaim - based on 13 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 0 out of 13
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  1. Apr 5, 2023
    In its refusal to sound anything like its alt-pop predecessors, ‘With A Hammer’ is a breath of fresh air: innovative yet familiar, lackadaisically cool yet brave, a brilliant and sparkling window into the future. Its idiosyncrasies, consistently and wonderfully oxymoronic, are its greatest strength.
  2. Apr 10, 2023
    Half of rage is confronting the sorrow that births it and watching it metamorphize. Witnessing the chrysalis is With a Hammer’s most generous gift.
  3. Apr 10, 2023
    This 13-track album is a more emphatic, even angry work charting her emotional evolution [than mixtape What We Drew].
  4. Apr 7, 2023
    It traces Yaeji's emotional development, coming to terms with anger and resentment she had suppressed as a child—a period that she channels into her charged and surprisingly bracing new LP.
  5. Apr 6, 2023
    This debut album stands on its own as an artistically daring personal statement.
  6. Apr 6, 2023
    She has made the excavation of her feelings around freedom, identity and channeled anger into a record that embraces fun and surprising musical juxtapositions.
  7. Apr 6, 2023
    Even though With a Hammer is Yaeji's most cathartic work to date, it's still playful and optimistic, preferring joy, comfort, and creativity over rage as a form of release.
  8. Apr 6, 2023
    Injecting a familiar formula with a justified newfound seriousness, With a Hammer further cements Yaeji’s place as one of the most valuable producers active in electronic pop today.
  9. Apr 6, 2023
    The result is a record that is kinetic and dynamic, paralleling its lyrical explorations.
  10. Thorny and tangled, this is dance music for drifting home from the club on deserted pavements; the moment of reflection after the euphoria fades.
  11. Apr 5, 2023
    But for each jagged, dissonant song that Yaeji hurls into the mix, there’s a smoother, more melodic counterpart, showcasing the artist’s intuitive sense of balance. The album’s more straightforward tracks, like “For Granted” and “Done (Let’s Get It),” serve as a testament to Yaeji’s ability to craft infectious hooks without sacrificing her distinctive experimental edge.
  12. 80
    The artist’s love for effortless aesthetics may have ironically been brought into a confident big room setting on With A Hammer, but successfully merging thoughtful pop, trip hop, house and everything but the kitchen sink is surely anything but effortless.
  13. Apr 5, 2023
    She has developed her own world over the last few years, this record feeling like the grand opening; the musical renegade uses this sonic landscape to release feelings of sorrow and doubt and anger, culminating in a truly vivid and innovative record.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 17
  2. Negative: 2 out of 17
  1. May 25, 2023
    Coming from "WHAT WE DREW" (2020), this first LP project of the Seul-NYC DJ is an interesting reason to hear a more professional side ofComing from "WHAT WE DREW" (2020), this first LP project of the Seul-NYC DJ is an interesting reason to hear a more professional side of Yaeji. Throughout this very trance-house style, it will be very evident how Yaji knows with academy dept the textures of this industry. Unfortunately, "With A Hammer" is her standing strong as what this industrial music is, more than a creative experimentation to what she can be in the genre. Hopefully we can get to hear her exploring herself in the incoming projects. Full Review »
  2. May 22, 2023
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. It's an amazing album but it starts to drift in sound when you get closer to the last part. Full Review »
  3. May 21, 2023
    Sometimes people write words. Sometimes they regret them and change those words. That’s freedom.