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Moses Sumney


Second album of soulful R&B from the Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter

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  1. 10.0 |   DIY

    Complex, unconventional and ultimately, essential
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  2. 9.1 |   Beats Per Minute

    It is complex yet universal – comforting yet unsettling. It lives in an incorporeal realm of its own, and somehow, Sumney has gained complete and utter command over it
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  3. 9.0 |   The Music

    Confronts with its complexity and demands that you pay it close attention
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  4. 9.0 |   Gigwise

    Greyness is a metaphor for being in between’s the void
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  5. 9.0 |   Paste Magazine

    Folk, soul, jazz, ambient and classical music come together with a world-class voice
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  6. 9.0 |   Albumism

    In a world filled with “cancel culture” and the increasing polarization of opinions, Sumney dwells instead in the grey areas, where definitive roles and opinions are rendered redundant—the only interesting place to be
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  7. 8.6 |   Pitchfork

    The sprawling second album from the crystal-voiced singer-songwriter is a riot of moods. Moses Sumney widens the scope of his work and takes full account of his self, warts and all
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  8. 8.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    græ suggests that the artist might be rising out of the shadows he explores so tenderly
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  9. 8.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Moses Sumney remains as challenging and captivating as ever on new double-effort
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  10. 8.5 |   Under The Radar

    Moses Sumney’s sophomore album is an expansive and sweeping meditation on liminality and the process of defining oneself
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  11. 8.3 |   A.V. Club

    If Sumney’s fiery, spiritual 2018 EP Black in Deep Red, 2014 upended fans’ expectations, then Grae is a revelatory shock. Sumney’s music resonates most strongly when—like its lyrics—it destroys pre-established boundaries
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  12. 8.0 |   The Independent

    Under his masterful production, it sounds as though there are 20 musicians in the room with him
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  13. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    Sumney is most interested in removing masculinity’s hard shell, and touching the tenderness beneath
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  14. 8.0 |   The Observer

    Sumney’s “art rock and black classical” double album concludes with quieter highs
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  15. 8.0 |   Clash

    An emotionally ambitious 20-track built on pain, vulnerability and self-identity
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  16. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Comes awfully close to the masterwork he so clearly gunning to make. Print edition only

  17. 8.0 |   NME

    Nothing is straightforward on this intimate, soul-searching record, which veers from jazz to art-pop, the form matching the message that life contains multitudes
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  18. 8.0 |   No Ripcord

    Despite the sonic warmth of Græ, this is an incredibly lonely and bittersweet project in its prose
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  19. 7.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    The real showstopper is the understated ‘Colouour’, with Sumney’s vocal range hitting timbres most of us can only dream of—it’s the moment where græ truly feels technicolour.
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