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Your Hero Is Not Dead

Westerman

Your Hero Is Not Dead

Debut full-length album from the London-based singer-songwriter Will Wsterman produced by Nathan “Bullion” Jenkins

ADM rating[?]

7.7

Label
PIAS
UK Release date
05/06/2020
US Release date
05/06/2020
  1. 9.0 |   Gig Soup

    A playful, intimate and challenging album that opens up the more you listen
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  2. 9.0 |   Gigwise

    A playful, intimate and challenging album that opens up the more you listen
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  3. 8.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Enticed early on with a smattering of expert singles, Your Hero Is Not Dead shows Westerman not only invigorated, but willing to stretch his range
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  4. 8.0 |   Pitchfork

    The British songwriter’s excellent debut mines the gentle and detailed sounds of soft rock’s past, while his lucid yet uncomplicated lyrics interrogate the uncertainty of the present
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  5. 8.0 |   Crack

    If there is any justice in this world, his now career-long collaboration with Bullion should go down as one of indie music’s great partnerships. Their sensibilities fit together seamlessly, an aching troubadour and a master soundcrafter, coming together to redefine the sound of introspection and heartbreak
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  6. 8.0 |   Clash

    Essential listening for anyone at odds with themselves or the current state of society, which really should be just about everyone at this point
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  7. 8.0 |   Uncut

    There are rich pickings here. Print edition only

  8. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    Give it a full listen through, and very quickly the production tics and familiar instrumentation are no longer what you're listening to
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  9. 8.0 |   NME

    Will Westerman's debut album is a wonderful, complex thing – quite easily one of the year's most impressive and textured records
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  10. 7.0 |   Exclaim

    An impressively contemplative debut album, filled with quiet music that packs a surprising emotional punch
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  11. 7.0 |   DIY

    Now Westerman’s defined his niche, all he has to do is refine it a little
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  12. 6.6 |   Northern Transmission

    There’s a catharsis to how Westerman lays out his feelings and this open honesty will create a place of solace for some people to reside in, despite ‘Your Hero Is Not Dead’s execution not quite hitting the mark
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  13. 6.2 |   Beats Per Minute

    Westerman may not have found his footing with his debut record, but there are enough parts to the whole that should keep listeners looking forward to what he does in the future
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