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No Shape

Perfume Genius

No Shape

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

ADM rating[?]

8.1

Label
Matador
UK Release date
05/05/2017
US Release date
05/05/2017
  1. 10.0 |   The Skinny

    These are vital hymns to unite and strengthen, and his press release states in no uncertain terms that Hadreas intends to change your life
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  2. 10.0 |   DIY

    A masterclass in kitschy indulgence and raw honesty alike
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  3. 10.0 |   NOW

    Mike Hadreas's beautiful fourth album is his most vivid and joyous release to date
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  4. 9.5 |   The 405

    The most personal, epic and accomplished album Perfume Genius has recorded yet
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  5. 9.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    With strident chords, spiralling melodies, and a shiver inducing delivery, No Shape might spend a lot of its time searching, but in being open about that the record presents Perfume Genius at his most realised
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  6. 9.0 |   Crack

    There’s an assured, urgent message of resistance which bleeds into the album and defines it, and just as Hadreas tells you to shine bright, No Shape glows from within
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  7. 9.0 |   God Is In The TV

    No Shape is an astonishing record
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  8. 9.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    No Shape is seeking transcendence beyond humanity
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  9. 8.8 |   Pitchfork

    His most realized album yet, a tender and transcendental protest record of love and devotion
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  10. 8.5 |   Earbuddy

    Perfume Genius makes another BIG statement with No Shape
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  11. 8.3 |   Consequence Of Sound

    No Shape may feel, to some listeners, less cohesive than past Perfume Genius records, but it makes up for that with endless inventiveness and daring passion
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  12. 8.3 |   A.V. Club

    It’s a credit to Hadreas and producer Blake Mills that its 13 tracks sound as seamless and cohesive as they do
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  13. 8.3 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    All the music is characterized by a baroque sense of melodrama, but if No Shape has one defining quality, from “No Shape” to more delicate tracks like “Every Night,” it’s confidence
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  14. 8.2 |   Gig Soup

    On 'No Shape', Perfume Genius sounds both barmy and operatic, sumptuous and expansive, without sacrificing any of his trademark tenderness
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  15. 8.0 |   The Quietus

    Perhaps his most assured and confident album
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  16. 8.0 |   music OMH

    This record feels like the next chapter; the cautiously content album that follows the scared and the angry, although we get the feeling this is not the last in a trilogy of the eras of Perfume Genius
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  17. 8.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

    The soaring production value is not accompanied by conceptual upending or reinvention, but rather extends into a grand sort of sequel vision of Perfume Genius
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  18. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    His past has a way of informing the hidden spaces of the new songs, which glide effortlessly from R&B to trip-hop, Krautrock to chamber pop
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  19. 8.0 |   The Observer

    Tortured soul Mike Hadreas takes a huge leap forward on his triumphant, shape-shifting fourth LP
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  20. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    His fourth and most immediate album, embraces the lush orchestration that he's previously only teased
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  21. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    His most ambitious release yet
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  22. 8.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    A record with many a moment of gorgeousness
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  23. 8.0 |   Q

    Feels like a statement of defiance, strength and unabashed beauty. Print edition only

  24. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    Dazzling, self-healing alt.pop
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  25. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    True to turbulent form, Mike Hadreas jams together moments of euphoric pop beauty with disruptive ugliness in an album of uniformly fantastic tunes
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  26. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Finds Hadreas building on Too Bright in every direction at once. ... The queer subtext of Hadreas' work is the source of much of its power. Print edition only

  27. 8.0 |   Mojo

    A heady, volatile brew that, in these emboldened settings, have the makings of anthems. Print edition only

  28. 7.0 |   The Music

    Sweetly offers carefree romantic adventure
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  29. 7.0 |   Clash

    A new exciting chapter for Perfume Genius, one that’s happy to fully throw off the image of the tortured artist for brighter, bolder entity
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  30. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    Imperfect yet fascinating and occasionally gorgeous, No Shape once again expands and defies any preconceived boundaries of the Perfume Genius project
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  31. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    For all the power of his rapturously forlorn persona, it turns out Hadreas sounds better with company
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  32. 6.0 |   The FT

    Some of the tracks could do with more directness, but overall the desired liberty is achieved
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  33. 4.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    This is an album that’s trying too hard to contrive depth
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