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Shura

forevher

Second album from Manchester-born '80s-inspired synthpop musician Alexandra Denton

ADM rating[?]

7.7

Label
Secretly Canadian
UK Release date
16/08/2019
US Release date
16/08/2019
  1. 9.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Shura has created something hopeful and delightfully light in this record, setting it apart from much of pop’s current offerings
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  2. 9.0 |   God Is In The TV

    This album is another reason to cherish Shura — one of the best and most distinct pop stars around
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  3. 8.6 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    With a sound this infectious and spellbinding, Shura has undoubtedly found her calling
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  4. 8.0 |   NME

    The London musician's second record queers up and skewers the traditional love song, beautifully articulating the giddiness of romance
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  5. 8.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    Shura fiddles with religious symbols and themes as a means of expression and humor, which ironically leads her down a path of spirituality all her own
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  6. 8.0 |   All Music

    Triumphantly romantic, Forevher announces Shura as an artist who's as deft at soul-baring songwriting and soaring pop as Carly Rae Jepsen or Christine and the Queens
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  7. 8.0 |   The FT

    The British artist’s second album is a slow burner that offers more with each listen
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  8. 8.0 |   The Observer

    Shura’s sugary voice works best when the beat is insistent, pulling you towards the dancefloor in your head. Sometimes she sounds tamed, quiescent, processed and treated, her vocal lacking the personality to overcome the distancing effect of its digital rendering
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  9. 8.0 |   Clash

    Historically, love songs favour the heterosexual, too often have people felt forced to attach their narratives to the pronoun of the opposit gender. This album is purposely ambiguous. By omitting such boundaries, it offers a storyline recognisable to everyone. Love is universal!
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  10. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    Long-distance love songs with heart and soul
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  11. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    A more mature comeback for the Londoner, forming an interesting conversation with the glitz and glamour of her debut, Nothing's Real
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  12. 8.0 |   music OMH

    Forevher may not have the instant pop hooks that Nothing’s Real boasted, but it feels like a more satisfying whole
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  13. 7.8 |   Pitchfork

    The pop singer’s second album is looser, livelier and more ecstatic than her debut, detailing the headlong rush of falling in love
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  14. 7.0 |   Crack

    forevher is smart, thoughtful and an exciting follow-up from one of left-field pop’s most interesting introverts
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  15. 7.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Employs a simple premise of inserting queer love into the cis-hetero romantic narratives that have dominated western culture for millennia – and it works
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  16. 7.0 |   The Music

    Shura comes on sounding like a cross between Robyn and Kylie Minogue
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  17. 7.0 |   DIY

    A confident second album that showcases why Shura should be on everyone’s radar
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  18. 7.0 |   No Ripcord

    The only real issue that Shura faces on forevher is that the record can be too much of a good thing. The psychedelic grooves that back the project can almost be suffocating, not allowing melodies or choruses to flourish on tracks that feel like a huge hook could bring them to perfection
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  19. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    Expanding her electropop sound with soulful grooves, Shura finds inspiration in personal experience on forevher
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  20. 6.5 |   Under The Radar

    Shura has made a perfectly good pop record, but in her unashamed, subtle and normalizing presentation of queer love in the form of mainstream music has, actually, produced something conceptually revolutionary. Not in the music itself, but that might just be the point!
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