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Kelly Lee Owens


Third album from the Welsh-born, London-based electronic artist co-produced with Lasse Marhaug

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  1. 9.0 |   The Quietus

    A surprising and stunning album, is much more than the mathematics of influences
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  2. 9.0 |   Gigwise

    Turn on, tune in and drop out
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  3. 9.0 |   Uncut

    As thrilling as it is unexpected. Print edition only
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  4. 8.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    The Welsh producer-singer-songwriter offers an extended meditation on technology, connection and intimacy on her new album
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  5. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Beautifully black. Print edition only

  6. 8.0 |   NME

    With this "outlier" of a third album, the Welsh artist builds layers of ambient sound to craft a record that, despite its quietude, makes a lot of noise
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  7. 8.0 |   musicOMH

    A remarkable record of extremes, one that’s a product of a distinct time and place in history, taps into inner thoughts and feelings
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  8. 7.2 |   Beats Per Minute

    Her contrasting textures – aggressive, pounding, relentless beats interwoven with floating, psychedelic, trance-inducing vocal loops – can feel like an evening of performance art
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  9. 7.0 |   Clash

    Highlights ‘Voice’ and ‘Sonic 8’ will be a surefire test for any club or festival sound system to really prove its worth
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  10. 7.0 |   Exclaim

    With lyrics that are minimal and often delivered measured and mantra-like, LP.8 is hypnotic, introspectively abstract, and while some may find it too left-field, or lacking her more club-leaning tracks, it's not intended to follow in those footsteps
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  11. 7.0 |   XS Noize

    The record is one of two halves, from the mystic bells and soft words to the pounding reverb and darker moods
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  12. 7.0 |   All Music

    On LP.8, Owens draws from different, seemingly contradictory mystical energies, creating music that challenges and shocks as much as it soothes
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  13. 7.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Inhabiting a genre of one, functioning with a limitless potential and an ability to direct her own musicianship to wherever she points her creative rudder
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  14. 7.0 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    An album that is, somehow, equal-parts icy and warm; which progresses, despite this contrast, with an ease that is masterful; and which, inevitably, leaves me curious and yearning for LPs 3-7
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  15. 6.9 |   Pitchfork

    Collaborating with noise musician Lasse Marhaug, the Welsh producer doubles down on both the spirituality and the mechanical ferocity of her work. It feels both like a left turn and a culmination
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  16. 6.9 |   Paste Magazine

    Even though LP.8 is a triumph in tone, it’s disappointing to listen to a record that feels as though Owens was self-conscious knowing the accessibility of the releases that came before it
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  17. 6.0 |   The FT

    The Welsh electronic musician channels both Enya and Throbbing Gristle in her third album
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  18. 4.0 |   The Skinny

    A marked left turn from the lushness of Inner Song, Kelly Lee Owens' goes to back to basics with LP.8 – and sounds strangely anonymous
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