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Put Your Back N 2 It

Perfume Genius

Put Your Back N 2 It

Second album of minimal arrangements from Seattle-based indie pop solo artist Mike Hadreas

ADM rating[?]

7.9

Label
Organs
UK Release date
20/02/2012
US Release date
21/02/2012
  1. 10.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    One of the most wonderful records in recent memory... It’s a near perfect album and Perfume Genius has, ever so swiftly, made the transition from interesting outsider to fully-realised musical hero
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  2. 10.0 |   The Irish Times

    A modern classic
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  3. 10.0 |   Independent on Sunday

    Thrives off harnessing his fragile sensibility to fulsome melodies
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  4. 9.0 |   music OMH

    An array of songs as deceptively simple as they are jaw-droppingly powerful
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  5. 9.0 |   DIY

    Perfume Genius is worthy of the hype, and the hyperbole: this is a fantastic record
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  6. 8.9 |   Beats Per Minute

    An album that strives to not only be great musically, but to also be admirable in its message
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  7. 8.5 |   BBC

    Exists in a bleakly beautiful twilight zone of Hadreas’ own making
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  8. 8.4 |   Pitchfork

    Mike Hadreas' work is not only satisfying on a purely musical level, it also feels of-the-moment and above all necessary
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  9. 8.0 |   AU Magazine

    Harrowing, shattering yet ultimately uplifting, Put Your Back N 2 It is a triumph
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  10. 8.0 |   The Quietus

    Mike Hadreas' first public display of his escalating talent
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  11. 8.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    Hadreas opens his songs up for others with nurturing lyrics, adds doo-wop piano riffs, shoegaze guitar swells, and vocal melodies that favor flare over flaccidity
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  12. 8.0 |   No Ripcord

    Essentially a conversation between a man and his piano, and letting us intrude into his deeply personal thoughts is his cunning way of seeking validation
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  13. 8.0 |   Pop Matters

    Using the lingua franca of minor chords to convey heartaching longing, just in a new vernacular, Put Your Back captures that universal feeling love songs tap into, only to expand the scope of what and whose experiences are accounted for
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  14. 8.0 |   Rave Magazine

    It is like watching a beautiful private moment through a crack in a door. The more you listen, the harder it is to turn away
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  15. 8.0 |   Prefix

    The darkness only reveals itself if you want to find it. It’s a formula most songwriters could only dream about, how such weight could be carried in such familiarity
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  16. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Perfume Genius’ songs are short, each like a swiftly delivered pill of a different emotional hue, and the album is over long before it all becomes too draining
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  17. 8.0 |   All Music

    Hadreas is as brave an artist as ever, and Put Your Back N 2 It is a heartening follow-up in so many ways
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  18. 8.0 |   Q

    Hadreas has mastered the art of melancholy. Print edition only

  19. 8.0 |   NME

    Hadreas remains a tortured soul, but on this second effort he's feeling his way towards salvation
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  20. 8.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    The record's infectious nature makes you want to go back to the start and do it all again
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  21. 8.0 |   The Fly

    Tear-stained and unsettled it may be, but the second chapter of Perfume Genius’ flamboyant, disturbing story is uniquely compelling
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  22. 8.0 |   Clash

    Perfume Genius can cleanse your soul
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  23. 7.5 |   A.V. Club

    Fails at recreating Learning’s tortured confessionals, but its confidence is promising
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  24. 7.0 |   Bowlegs

    This is still too intimate and low key an album to make that full stride just yet, but it’s another strong step of Hadreas’ artistic and personal growth
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  25. 7.0 |   Under The Radar

    His vocals fall somewhere between the gentle meditations of Bon Iver's Justin Vernon and a subdued Antony Hegarty
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  26. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Rock and roll is generally about magnifying power; instead, Mike Hadreas amps up vulnerability
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  27. 7.0 |   God Is In The TV

    An album that is difficult to try and contextualise and place amid the work of others, but it is a wonderfully strange and intriguing experience
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  28. 6.0 |   The Digital Fix

    So many ostensibly troubled singer-songwriters produce music which slides lazily into over-indulgent schmaltz or affected emo, but Put Your Back N 2 It sidesteps both traps
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  29. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    For all the beauty in these woozy, damaged choral songs, the sense that he's still just about sticking to a formula frustrates any greater ambition
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  30. 6.0 |   Uncut

    Hadreas makes music that's pretty on the outside - but dig deeper, it's a different story. Print edition only

  31. 6.0 |   The Observer

    Hadreas's arrangements might still feel underdeveloped at this stage, but give him time. There is a compelling talent here, turning his damage into something nobl
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