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Soft Sounds From Another Planet

Japanese Breakfast

Soft Sounds From Another Planet

Second solo album of lo-fi pop from Philadelphia musician Michelle Zauner who is a member of Little Big League

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  1. 9.1 |   A.V. Club

    Japanese Breakfast masks internal strife and insecurities with artfully upbeat experiments
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  2. 9.0 |   The Digital Fix

    There’s something sublime, a little nervous even, in its palliative loveliness as it falls through space and time into, an optimistically brighter, future
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  3. 9.0 |   God Is In The TV

    Her endearing humanity combined with her gift for songwriting helps make this one of the most remarkable albums of the year
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  4. 8.5 |   The 405

    Recognises why we persist with love
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  5. 8.3 |   Consequence Of Sound

    A sophomore album that embraces the beautiful and painful architecture of the world
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  6. 8.1 |   Paste Magazine

    Soft Sounds is full of pretty interludes of ambient noise, mixed with shoegaze and electropop touches
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  7. 8.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    This album is anything but a fad. It hangs around long after you listen, subdued but resolute in its capabilities. It is very much here to stay
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  8. 8.0 |   Pitchfork

    Inspired by the cosmos, Japanese Breakfast’s Michelle Zauner addresses life on Earth. Her voice shines over melancholic arrangements, evoking Pacific Northwest indie rock as much as shoegaze
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  9. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    Moving and inspired, Soft Sounds From Another Planet is yet another lesson in guitar pop perfection
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  10. 8.0 |   All Music

    The move to a bigger sound results in a sure-handed modern pop record full of memorable songs, heart-wrenching vocals, and bottomless emotional depth
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  11. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    Dreamlike and existential
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  12. 8.0 |   The Quietus

    Japanese Breakfast is turning into an artist with much to adore, unabashedly authentic but creating music that we can still all see a little bit of ourselves in
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  13. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Michelle Zauner has moved beyond mourning to a solace far more celestial, communicating her grief through these poignant musical prayers aimed directly at the heavens and beyond
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  14. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    Her sophomore record is dense, full of life, and full of fascinating sounds
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  15. 8.0 |   Q

    It's indie pop with a brain and a soul. Print edition only

  16. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    As the reach of Japanese Breakfast’s technique has grown Zauner seems to have found a better way inside herself and, thus, a better way inside of us too
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  17. 8.0 |   State

    Zauner has created a magical soundscape, with influences drawn from space and all things alien, but she has kept her music grounded in human emotions and complexities that make it relatable to all of us here on Earth
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  18. 7.7 |   Earbuddy

    Zauner is a songwriter in the traditional sense. Solid melodies float throughout the LP, but she also knows how to weave in her own telltale flourishes
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  19. 7.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    She’s a songwriter with big ideas and the capability to deftly express them, something that she does to great effect here
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  20. 7.0 |   Crack

    Co-produced by Ariel Pink collaborator Jorge Elbrecht and Craig Hendrix (who worked with Zauner’s former band Little Big League) Soft Sounds From Another Planet is much more polished than its predecessor
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  21. 7.0 |   Exclaim

    In trying to put a wall between herself and her audience, she's opened a new, far more revealing side to her music and herself
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  22. 6.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

    Ultimately, Soft Sounds is an uneven experience, stylistically and in terms of (this listener’s) engagement
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  23. 6.0 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    There are plenty of loveable moments, sure, but they tend to congeal like sand passing through your fingers
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  24. 6.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Zauner is pulling from older songs that predate Japanese Breakfast, here, and with the past colouring much of the album’s mood, it’s fitting to hear her perform old thoughts with new vigour
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