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Welcome Back To Milk

Du Blonde

Welcome Back To Milk

Second album of psych-pop and first as Du Blonde from the Newcastle-born Beth Jeans Houghton produced by Bad Seed Jim Sclavunos

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  1. 8.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    This is a satisfyingly substantial listen. Houghton has managed to marry her way with a melody and an arresting image with a splash of ire and a dollop of heartbreak
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  2. 8.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    A confident and brilliantly delivered collection of songs
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  3. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Sees her moving away from the playful whimsy of her debut in favour of looser, gritter textures. Print edition only

  4. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    A triumph on nearly every level
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  5. 8.0 |   The Digital Fix

    She fashions a patchwork of ballsy blues, arch art-pop and lighters-aloft balladry but her performance, by turns bolshy and unexpectedly vulnerable, provides a through-line whenever there's a sudden swing in sound
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  6. 8.0 |   NME

    Houghton's found fertile ground in connecting with her inner rage monster, but there's a different side to the album too: anthemic glam rock reminiscent of Bowie's work with guitarist Mick Ronson
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  7. 8.0 |   God Is In The TV

    I have no idea what ‘Welcome Back To Milk’ means, but the 25-year-old’s return should be embraced with open arms on this evidence
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  8. 8.0 |   State

    A record born from a desire to change what was wrong. There can be no better message right now
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  9. 8.0 |   The 405

    This is music full of heart and imagination and it is well worth investigating, even though some long standing fans of hers may be puzzled at first
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  10. 7.4 |   Pitchfork

    This all serves a winning mission statement: Radically reinterpret your past, and your present will look after itself
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  11. 7.0 |   All Music

    While something suggests Houghton isn't done surprising her listeners, Welcome Back to Milk is so intriguing that they'll be impatient to hear whatever she has to offer
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  12. 7.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Houghton wanted a new musical identity and in Du Blonde she’s swapped alt-pop whimsy for Karen O-ish gnarl
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  13. 6.7 |   Consequence Of Sound

    Welcome Back to Milk gives Du Blonde’s blisteringly creative mind space to experiment, and her edits show immaculate choices
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  14. 6.5 |   Under The Radar

    Du Blonde's album is more streamlined and traditional, as opposed to the psych-folk and gnarly baroque that came before
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  15. 6.0 |   Q

    A concise soundtrack of garage racket, gospel-informed blues, glam balladry and piano confessionals. Print edition only

  16. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    The music is inventive and odd
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