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A Quickening

Orlando Weeks

A Quickening

Solo debut from the former Maccabees frontman written about the experience of becoming a first-time father

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  1. 8.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    A record full of handsome brass parading around an etch a sketch of ever changing life and love, Weeks holds the frame and with each listen you hear something you didn’t the previous time
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  2. 8.0 |   Clash

    In documenting fatherhood, Orlando Weeks has emerged as a songwriter renewed
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  3. 8.0 |   The FT

    The former Maccabees frontman combines pulsing electronica with acoustic instruments in his first solo release
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  4. 8.0 |   musicOMH

    It’s not a Maccabees revival, but rather a delicate, fragile document of a life-changing event – and one that will touch the heart of both parents and non-parents
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  5. 8.0 |   The Independent

    Retaining the spacious, wintry mood of the soundtrack to his 2017 children’s book The Gritterman, Weeks captures the still, nervous excitement of the ultrasound room in an amniotic modern ambience
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  6. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    A Quickening is calm and intense, tactile and sleepy-eyed, and, perhaps most satisfyingly for Orlando Weeks himself, an indicator of continued progress
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  7. 8.0 |   Gigwise

    A prize of electronic pop, cinematic melancholia and deft production
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  8. 8.0 |   DIY

    Nothing short of stunning
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  9. 8.0 |   NME

    This feverish and hypnotic collection, with which the singer-songwriter pays tribute to parenthood, is striking in its openness and generosity
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