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Vagabon

Vagabon

Vagabon

Second album of indie rock from the Cameroon-born, New York-raised, multi-instrumentalist Laetitia Tamko

ADM rating[?]

7.8

Label
Nonesuch
UK Release date
18/10/2019
US Release date
18/10/2019
  1. 10.0 |   The Skinny

    Stripped back and rich, Vagabon's genre-spanning second album is an incandescent and undefinable triumph
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  2. 9.0 |   Clash

    The 24 year old wrote, arranged and produced this album all by herself. The work of an immensely talented melodic mastermind, Laetitia Tamko's second album touches on the magical
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  3. 8.0 |   The 405

    Vagabon expands her sonic diversity to produce something that feels like home on her self-titled second record
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  4. 8.0 |   Paste Magazine

    The best moments on Vagabon are often the most opaque
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  5. 8.0 |   DIY

    Somewhere between bedroom pop and emotive electronica
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  6. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    Swapping crunching guitars for softer electronics, Laetitia Tamko’s second album is both sharp and tender
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  7. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    As with many challenges we face in life there is usually a silver lining. In Vagabon's case, arriving towards the end of the year's release calendar will only serve to allow the album to stand out all the more
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  8. 8.0 |   Mojo

    The reboot allows Vagabon's richer and more vulnerable vocals freer reign. Print edition only

  9. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    Subtlety and strength the hallmark of this second album
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  10. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    It's good both for bobbing heads and bopping feet — both for being alone-alone, and alone-around-others, too
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  11. 7.6 |   Pitchfork

    On her self-titled sophomore effort, Laetitia Tamko leaps with both feet into new sounds and new horizons
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  12. 7.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Like recent releases by Robyn or Solange, this expansive and beautiful record shows Vagabon as an expert at creating pleasure and soulful reassurance from electronic pop – a surprising but welcome heelturn
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  13. 7.0 |   No Ripcord

    These mood shifts show Tamko at her more inquisitive, proving how far she can expand her reach while using her own resources. And it'll be intriguing to see where her ever-changing nature takes her next
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  14. 7.0 |   Slant Magazine

    The album flits between topics of love, feminism, and cultural identity with relative ease
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  15. 7.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    A quiet success
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  16. 7.0 |   All Music

    The decision to make the album an eponymous one becomes more meaningful as lyrics reveal themes of both self-sufficiency and, as in the case of "Home Soon," a sense of belonging
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