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Diviner

Hayden Thorpe

Diviner

First solo album from the former Wild Beasts frontman and multi-instrumentalist

ADM rating[?]

7.9

Label
Domino
UK Release date
24/05/2019
US Release date
24/05/2019
  1. 10.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    It’s evidently, demonstrably and obviously a flawless work of genius, and may just be one of the best albums this writer has heard this decade
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  2. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Diviner came out of post-band convalescence and a spell of recalibration, yet for all the intense, cocooning introspection in these songs, Thorpe is obviously more than ready to face the world alone. Print edition only

  3. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Diviner retains much of what Wild Beasts did best. Print edition only

  4. 8.0 |   Q

    A restrained record that doesn't suffocate its epic songs with epic instrumentation. Print edition only

  5. 8.0 |   NME

    The former Wild Beasts frontman's first solo album is a collection of muted, lovelorn piano ballads that twists and reshapes the form into fascinating new spheres
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  6. 8.0 |   DIY

    Stepping fully into the spotlight and laying himself bare, he’s resplendent
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  7. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    A key reason for keeping the template so minimalist is surely to push the themes and ideas to the forefront, but part of it, you suspect, is that he doesn’t want to make any false moves so soon after the dissolution of Wild Beasts
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  8. 8.0 |   Clash

    The album is full of the poignant melodies and clever wordplay that made Wild Beasts such an unstoppable force, but it’s the music that is the most striking and memorable
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  9. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    Thorpe’s distinctive falsetto is always going to get him noticed. But it’s the quality of his songwriting that really stands out on Diviner
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  10. 8.0 |   music OMH

    There is much to admire and much to relate to, in what is surely just the start of this particular Wild Beast’s solo migration
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  11. 7.5 |   The 405

    A ruminative, vulnerable and moving set of songs
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  12. 6.8 |   Pitchfork

    The former Wild Beasts singer embarks on a new direction on his soul-searching solo debut, stripping back his songwriting to a reverent hush
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