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Small Mercies

Pixx

Small Mercies

Second album of synth pop from Londoner Hannah Rodgers co-produced by Simon Byrt and Dan Carey

ADM rating[?]

7.0

Label
4AD
UK Release date
07/06/2019
US Release date
07/06/2019
  1. 9.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Rodgers’s trademark genre-jumping is still intact, sounding just as fresh as on her debut, proving that Age of Anxiety wasn’t a litmus test for settling any particular one and, on Small Mercies, establishing it as her calling card
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  2. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    As she dances between her idiosyncratic nouveau pop-punk torments and bubblegum pop-esque arcade synth samples, we are left in a downward spiral of melancholia that grasps physically
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  3. 8.0 |   Q

    Endlessly impressive in her ability to draw on electro-pop history yet not beholden to its past. Print edition only

  4. 7.0 |   Northern Transmission

    Quirky, confessional and a tad unpredictable, ‘Small Mercies’ is an exaggerated snapshot of everyday life and relationships but through a slightly cartoonish lens
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  5. 7.0 |   DIY

    Consistently fascinating
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  6. 7.0 |   Clash

    It’s a record awash with retrograde synthesisers and wonky pop hooks, that sees her step away from the more insular electronic tones of ‘The Age of Anxiety’
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  7. 7.0 |   Uncut

    Lyrically, Rodgers can be stilted and adolescent at times, but she hits the sweet-spot on the compellingly stern electro-goth chant "Disgrace" and the terrific title track. Print edition only

  8. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    Despite the mostly upbeat nature of Pixx's Small Mercies, there's a dread surrounding its world
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  9. 7.0 |   music OMH

    There are far more high points than low, all of which indicates that Pixx’s third album could well be something very special
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  10. 6.0 |   Mojo

    The synths are generally leaner and the production darker, while guitars butt in for the grungy turmoil of Bitch and Mary Magdalene. Print edition only

  11. 6.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    A marked step forward from her folk-edged beginnings
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  12. 6.0 |   God Is In The TV

    A record of acquired taste
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