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Heard It In A Past Life

Maggie Rogers

Heard It In A Past Life

First full-length major label release from the Maryland-born singer-songwriter

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  1. 8.3 |   Consequence Of Sound

    The new queen of indie pop proves that she is here to stay on her debut full-length
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  2. 8.0 |   NME

    The work of an idiosyncratic talent
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  3. 8.0 |   Q

    This thoughtfully constructed and often enchanting record manages to mark itself out from the crowd. Print edition only

  4. 8.0 |   The Music

    The pulse of Heard It In A Past Life is near enough irresistible. Do yourself a favour and surrender
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  5. 8.0 |   DIY

    The record finds a way of making her atypical pop sit comfortably in the mainstream, offering something genuinely new
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  6. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Full of tuneful goodness and relatable detail
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  7. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    A record in constant forward motion, its music mimicking the rollercoaster ride that's been Rogers' career since she brought Pharrell Williams to tears in a viral video in the spring of 2016
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  8. 8.0 |   Clash

    It sticks in the mind for a good while after and just keeps bringing you back in with fantastic production, brilliant pop songwriting and a central personality as easy to like and support as any on the current music scene
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  9. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    She’s got tunes here to rival the pop giants — The Knife, in particular, is an irresistible treat — but there are layers of emotion in her lyrics and her beautiful voice that make this anything but disposable froth
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  10. 8.0 |   All Music

    While it sometimes feels like Rogers could be even bolder than she is on Heard It in a Past Life, it's a strong debut that shows how well she's growing into her fame as well as all the dimensions of her music
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  11. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    Despite the title, Heard It in a Past Life provides a snapshot of life today. The past is past, the present is hard to define, but the future is coming, and it just may be awesome
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  12. 7.9 |   Paste Magazine

    The charts are starved for something real and down-to-earth, and her songs, while heavily produced in comparison to some of her folksier beginnings, have an earnestness to them that can’t be fabricated. Rogers’ career may have first sparked on the internet, but now it’s a fire burning IRL
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  13. 7.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Rogers writes anthems for the modern age, with all the paradoxical feelings of empowerment, anxiety, heartbreak and growth that that entails
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  14. 7.0 |   Gig Soup

    Expanding on the folk-pop songs that eased her in, Maggie Rogers' debut is an excellent collage on the importance of a singular vision
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  15. 6.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    The effortless feel of Rogers’ debut no doubt comes from the way it follows modern pop guidelines, but it also stems from Rogers’ own innate talent, one you hope she decides to start taking chances with in the future
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  16. 6.0 |   The 405

    She may have broken to relative stardom in a modern way yet the music presented on her awaited debut Heard It In A Past Life feels deep rooted in nostalgic Americana, a wash of soft palette colours
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  17. 6.0 |   Mojo

    The whole thing is deeply marketable - but there's an authenticity in Rogers that needs more space to breathe. Print edition only

  18. 6.0 |   The Skinny

    While Maggie Rogers' major label debut lacks some vital elements, it acts as a stepping stone from a talent who is just about to surge ahead
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  19. 6.0 |   NOW

    Maggie Rogers's debut album shows she's more than a viral flash in the pan
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  20. 6.0 |   The Irish Times

    Vibrant electro-pop collection
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  21. 5.9 |   Pitchfork

    Her talents are eclipsed by overproduction
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  22. 4.0 |   The Guardian

    Alaska hitmaker's debut lacks edge
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  23. 4.0 |   The Observer

    Past Life, the overportentous, dragged-out ballad at the album’s heart, reminds you that viral doesn’t always mean catchy
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