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Any Human Friend

Marika Hackman

Any Human Friend

Third album from the London-based multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter produced by Hackman and David Wrench (Bear in Heaven, Alessi's Ark)

ADM rating[?]

8.1

Label
EMI
UK Release date
09/08/2019
US Release date
09/08/2019
  1. 10.0 |   The Guardian

    With deadpan humour and rock-star confidence, Hackman essays her own restive, messy desires, from denial to acceptance
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  2. 9.3 |   Paste Magazine

    This album — a treasure trove of zippy guitar hooks, glimmering synths and lemony vocals expertly curated by Hackman — is all about human connection
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  3. 9.0 |   DIY

    Not so much Marika 3.0 as the Marika who was always there, but tougher, stronger and more triumphant than ever
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  4. 8.2 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    A resplendent piece of pop/rock/folk that is as beguiling musically as it is lyrically blunt
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  5. 8.0 |   The Observer

    Hackman flits between self-reflection and self-loathing with ease starkly unpicking her anxieties over fuzzy guitar on her most accomplished record to date
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  6. 8.0 |   The FT

    The Hampshire-born artist plays with eroticism and sexuality on her third album
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  7. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    Any Human Friend is Hackman's most attention-demanding work to date, and positions her as one of the most refreshing voices in British music right now
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  8. 8.0 |   God Is In The TV

    This record will be described as sexy and filthy but it is also heart-breaking and grotesque and beautiful and funny and complex
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  9. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    A frank, explosive love letter to the overlooked
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  10. 8.0 |   Q

    By simultaneously preserving the intimacy and honesty that made her initial work so striking, Any Human Friend sees Hackman wholly uncensored, and al the better for it. Print edition only

  11. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Her most universal album yet. Print edition only

  12. 8.0 |   Clash

    The record peaks in its first four tracks, definitely, but even so, the album never falls short of hot and sticky - in a good way
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  13. 8.0 |   The Independent

    Blunt and bold album has a dark sexual energy
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  14. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    The twin sensibilities of pop and overt sexuality are underpinned by offbeat studio details
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  15. 7.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    Any Human Friend confirms that Hackman has successfully carved out a particular place for herself in a crowded indie rock scene
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  16. 7.3 |   Pitchfork

    The British singer-songwriter’s third album is a singular, extraordinarily horny, and occasionally bleak pop record largely about the complexities of queer desire
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  17. 7.0 |   All Music

    There are guitars here, but they mostly serve as texture while the warm but clean electronic textures carry Hackman's melodies and make room for the lyrics
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