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Universal acclaim- based on 11 Ratings

  • Summary: The debut full-length release for the London-based singer-songwriter was recorded with Nathan Jenkins (aka Bullion) in Portugal.
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  1. 85
    Your Hero Is Not Dead shows Westerman not only invigorated, but willing to stretch his range. Working again alongside longtime friend and producer, Bullion, Westerman, here, surpasses his early work with curious abandon and confessional songwriting.
  2. Jun 12, 2020
    With the help of Nathan Jenkins, aka producer Bullion, Westerman achieves a synthesis of these previous experiments, fusing together whimsical curiosity and technical proficiency. Over a backdrop made of the sounds of the past, his lucid yet uncomplicated lyrics interrogate the uncertainty of the present.
  3. Impressive debut. Somehow, he manages to tame the album’s kinks into a cohesive if not beguiling whole that’s eminently challenging and comforting to listen to.
  4. Jun 22, 2020
    Westerman creates music to think and daydream and plot adventures to. Arriving among a musical landscape of clean, but often vacuous bedroom pop, he has created something of lasting substance and clarity.
  5. Jun 4, 2020
    Your Hero Is Not Dead is an impressively contemplative debut album, filled with quiet music that packs a surprising emotional punch.
  6. Jun 8, 2020
    Where Westerman’s debut suffers is in its consistency: there’s such a distinctive sonic palette that, within a batch of tracks whose tempo never steps past ‘mid’, it’s hard for individual offerings to always stand out. But really he’s done the hard work; now Westerman’s defined his niche, all he has to do is refine it a little.
  7. Q Magazine
    Jun 9, 2020
    These songs' surfaces are fastidiously arranged - but in his delicate vocals and allusive, nervy lyrics, Westerman still stirs up darker, less elegantly curated depths. [Summer 2020, p.107]

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  1. Sep 9, 2021
    One of my favorite albums of 2020. Beautifully produced, great musically, and lyrically interesting.
  2. Sep 30, 2020
    ( 84/100 )

    Will Westerman de Inglaterra tiene un proyecto personal que nace desde su intimidad y se siente en su trayectoria musical.
    ( 84/100 )

    Will Westerman de Inglaterra tiene un proyecto personal que nace desde su intimidad y se siente en su trayectoria musical. Diagnosticado con ADHD, las decisiones que Bullion (el productor) y este joven y emergente músico toman sobre la producción se notan maduras, vastas, emocionales e inteligentes. No es que haya falta de creatividad, sino que la madurez y la inteligencia musical de este álbum cautivan las emociones más serenas y asertivas del público. Casi como una medicina, la música que Will expone en este proyecto parecen canalizar la impulsividad e hiperactividad con la que padece el artista y presenta un mundo totalmente seguro y tranquilo bajo su propio control y visión. Una paradoja interesante si se toma en cuenta su trastorno y sus repercusiones. Estaré emocionado de seguir atentamente a este artista y su New Wave Pop.
    Will Westerman, of England, has a personal project born from his intimacy that is felt in his musical path. Diagnosticated with ADHD, the desitions of Bullion (the producer), and this young and emerging musician taken over the production are mature, vast, emotional, and intelligent. It's not that there's a lack of creativity, but the musical maturity and intelligence in this album captivate the most serene and assertive emotions of listeners. Almost like medicine, the music that Will exposes in this project seems to canalize the impulsivity and hyperactivity that the artist endures, and presents a totally safe and calm world under his own control and vision. An interesting paradox if his disorder and its repercussions are taken into account. I will be excited to follow this artist and his New Wave Pop.