Albums to watch

Set My Heart On Fire Immediately

Perfume Genius

Set My Heart On Fire Immediately

Fifth album from Seattle-based indie pop solo artist Mike Hadreas produced by Blake Mills (Laura Marling, Jesca Hoop, Fiona Apple)

ADM rating[?]

8.8

Label
Matador
UK Release date
15/05/2020
US Release date
15/05/2020
  1. 10.0 |   DIY

    Brimming with a palpable, passionate sense of exploration
    Read Review

  2. 10.0 |   The Guardian

    Backed by starry session musicians, Mike Hadreas makes wild but confident leaps between styles on this rich, fascinating LP
    Read Review

  3. 10.0 |   The Irish Times

    Perfume Genius is ultimately a pop star; a clever, singular, and considered one, in an over-saturated, under-stimulating landscape, his sensibility ignites
    Read Review

  4. 10.0 |   The Independent

    There’s a silver thread woven into each of these songs; Hadreas pulls and they move like a single breathing thing, just as bodies do when they’re pressed against each other, then released
    Read Review

  5. 10.0 |   music OMH

    His sound is defiantly Queer, yet undoubtedly universal. It is romantic and sensual but also introverted and unusual
    Read Review

  6. 10.0 |   Gig Soup

    Mike Hadreas' best work to date
    Read Review

  7. 9.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Hadreas may be uncompromising but stubbornness has its rewards: few albums feel as distinct or as complete as his
    Read Review

  8. 9.0 |   All Music

    All the nuances of desire that Hadreas explores on Set My Heart on Fire, Immediately enhance the individuality of each song, as well as his own individuality - and as he honors every part of his music and himself, he gives listeners another rich, densely packed album to savor
    Read Review

  9. 9.0 |   Crack

    It’s meticulous in its melancholy, and that’s what makes it both so personal and exceptionally universal
    Read Review

  10. 9.0 |   Beats Per Minute

    Hadreas is, as the greedily and sensuously impatient imperative of its title makes clear, finally demanding more feeling, more experience, more of everything, for himself – and the results make for a revelatory listen
    Read Review

  11. 9.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    This would appear on the face of it to be the most measured that Hadreas has ever sounded. Repeat listens, though, reveal that to be a mirage
    Read Review

  12. 9.0 |   Exclaim

    An enormous, cavernous record – the kind that invites you to sit inside and let your fears and triumphs echo against its glittering walls
    Read Review

  13. 9.0 |   Pitchfork

    Mike Hadreas’ fifth album glides between sublime melodies and grimy, guttural dissonance, embracing the joys and burdens of the human body and its innumerable, intangible yearnings
    Read Review

  14. 9.0 |   The Quietus

    Slipping between almost industrial-like rhythms and carefree pop songs, Perfume Genius produces his finest body of work to date

  15. 9.0 |   No Ripcord

    Set My Heart on Fire Immediately isn’t a perfect album. There are a couple of wormholes that Hadreas gets lost down and the sequencing causes a slightly jilted second half, but once these songs nestle in, they’re impossible to shift
    Read Review

  16. 9.0 |   PopMatters

    You need to care so much about your art to pack this much meaning into not only the words, but the tones that adorn and deliver them. Perfume Genius cares so much it hurts on Set My Heart on Fire Immediately
    Read Review

  17. 9.0 |   Northern Transmissions

    Set My Heart on Fire Immediately is attentively and intelligently constructed. At the same time, the album doesn’t feel overthought or overly intricate. It’s Hadreas’ personal, idiosyncratic take on pop music, but it’s also one that’s easy to appreciate
    Read Review

  18. 8.5 |   Under The Radar

    An album that shows why Perfume Genius continues to be an essential voice in our musical landscape
    Read Review

  19. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    A bold and intense examination of love and sex
    Read Review

  20. 8.0 |   The Music

    Brilliantly realised pop songs packed with instantly likeable melodies and hooks, but also with great emotional depth
    Read Review

  21. 8.0 |   NME

    Mike Hadreas takes inspiration from classic pop, drawing on Cyndi Lauper and Elvis, but deconstructs the sounds in his own understated way
    Read Review

  22. 8.0 |   Clash

    A record that feels like it’s been beamed in from a distant star, sounding something like a near and possible future
    Read Review

  23. 8.0 |   Mojo

    A slow burner, in every way. Print edition only

  24. 8.0 |   Paste Magazine

    Mike Hadreas’ contorted fifth album finds both pain and pleasure in the body-brain divide
    Read Review

  25. 8.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    Hadreas continues to embrace pop while simultaneously bending it to his will
    Read Review

  26. 8.0 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    Most of the directions here are well-conceived and prove that he’s an artist with no rigid boundaries when it comes to vision, creativity, and potential
    Read Review

  27. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    His most ambitious yet
    Read Review

  28. 6.0 |   The FT

    A febrile and self-exploratory collection of songs that reflect on sexuality and musical personality
    Read Review


blog comments powered by Disqus

Watch it

Roll over video for more options

Hear it

Latest Reviews

More reviews