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Inner Song

Kelly Lee Owens

Inner Song

Second album from the Welsh-born, London-based electronic artist includes a collaboration with John Cale

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  1. 10.0 |   NME

    Owens comes to terms with loss while balancing club-ready beats with raw, honest lyricism
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  2. 9.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Whatever she needed to exorcise to reach this point, it was worth it: this album is a leap in artistry that sees Kelly Lee Owens return fully-formed, hopefully more fulfilled, and damn near flawless
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  3. 9.0 |   Gigwise

    If Owens’ technical wizardry was enough to put her on a par with her peers from the outset, then it’s the level of emotional intelligence she imbues her work with that makes her the leading light of UK electronic
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  4. 8.6 |   Paste Magazine

    The genres might appear different at first, but Owens finds their enthralling overlap on her second LP
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  5. 8.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Kelly Lee Owens continues to be ahead of the curve on a richly expansive second outing
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  6. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    A triumph of soundscapes, an album not meant to analyze and decipher but to daydream, sleepwalk and stargaze through
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  7. 8.0 |   Clash

    This album is an eye-opening discovery of self, laid bare for all to see.
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  8. 8.0 |   Uncut

    A welcome development is Owens' voice: this time, when deployed, it's positioned centrally. Print edition only

  9. 8.0 |   Q

    Occasionally the vocals soften the edges, but on a record that feels as if it's trying to catch the moment of changing states - geological and mental - it's dynamism always powers through. Print edition only

  10. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Melt!, a twisted dancefloor lament for the polar ice caps, is a reminder of Owen's ability to mine techno gold. But the highlight is Corner Of My Sky, a memorable collaboration with compatriot John Cale. Print edition only

  11. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    By creating an album that speaks to her own experiences in its every nuance, she’s crafted one of the finest subversive pop records of the year
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  12. 8.0 |   The FT

    The Welsh musician’s textured second album displays an acute grasp of musical dynamics
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  13. 8.0 |   Crack

    A mesmerising and spectral sophomore effort, where Owens captures the sweeping landscapes of her inner world
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  14. 8.0 |   The Observer

    The Welsh musician-producer unleashes her own vocals while digging deeper with brooding electronics
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  15. 7.9 |   Beats Per Minute

    Inner Song is an uplifting, joyful and charming album that perfectly combines the heady rush of techno with ‘pop’ sensibilities
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  16. 7.7 |   Pitchfork

    On her second album, the Welsh electronic musician leans into both her loops and her lyrics, seeking something spiritual in the act of repetition
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  17. 7.0 |   God Is In The TV

    Owens reaffirms her abilities as a top flight ambient electronic artist and delivers several distinctive, emotionally charged tracks
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  18. 7.0 |   All Music

    Like her debut, Inner Song covers a lot of emotional ground, and her exploratory spirit is just as captivating as the messages she expresses
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