Jessy Lanza - Oh No
Critic Score
Based on 19 reviews
2016 Rank: #96 / 722
User Score
Based on 136 ratings
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Exclaim!

On Oh No, Jessy Lanza reveals a range of new emotions, influences and styles, further establishing a distinctive sound that blurs the lines even more between pop and club music.

90
AllMusic
She and Greenspan refract techno-pop in their own way while binding additional forms of electronic post-disco that cross four decades, from boogie to juke.
80
Spin

Where a sense of shyness helped make Pull My Hair Back so charming, Lanza’s increased confidence provides so much more color on Oh No.

80
Loud and Quiet
Where ‘Pull My Hair Back’’s seductive lullabies were occasionally so diaphanous as to almost disappear, the increased tempo here adds a welcome heft to Lanza’s slinky songs, leaving a record of confident statements in comparison to its predecessor’s whispers.
80
Tiny Mix Tapes

Wrapped in a overwhelming number of influences, Oh No vaults across an infinity of cultural milieus to find itself. Soft and sensual, alone in a room of millions, Lanza weaves past and present, dance and desire as one in a dizzying, strenuous aesthletic attempt at its future.

80
NME
Seemingly existing on a higher plane, this feels like upended R&B beamed down from outer space, encapsulating everything from the smoothness of Sade to the edginess of Aaliyah.
80
The Guardian
There could be a bona fide pop star in Jessy Lanza yet.
80
Clash

Driven by crispy drum machines and shimmering synths, Lanza’s second full-length Hyperdub offering is instantly more direct and relatable than its predecessor; cloudy reverb is replaced by sheeny production.

80
NOW Magazine

Thematically the songs stick to the familiar pop terrain of love – the least adventurous thing about them – but Oh No nonetheless makes a convincing case for broadening the term "pop star" beyond the glamazons.

80
PopMatters

Oh No aims for pop and hits it squarely. This might not be usual top-40 fodder, but any song will seamlessly fit into the rotation of music whose primary aim is to be as appealing as possible.

79
Pitchfork

Oh No is a gorgeous and deadly pop music manifesto that proves yet again the sad girls are not vulnerable and silent subjects.

76
Resident Advisor

Oh No is an inventive and enjoyable pop record that only falls short of Lanza's own standards.

75
Pretty Much Amazing

While Oh No may have sparse songs, there are rarely moments of silence or extended low energy moments.

75
The Line of Best Fit

Lanza's second album is brief, bright and sophisticated, and while it doesn't push any boundaries or cross borders/genres as much or as often as a fan might hope, it does deliver on the sonic and melodic promise of her debut and offer that chance of a wider audience that has been promised since her first appearance.

70
musicOMH

It may be true that Oh No doesn’t quite match the mystery or depth of her debut – it’s all very transparent and above the surface in comparison – but it offers enough proof that the overt, more soulful qualities demonstrated on this album should serve her well for some time yet.

67
Consequence of Sound

While it’s tempting to peg this as a breakthrough, it feels and sounds more like an expertly crafted transitional album. Oh No acts as a refinement of Lanza’s previous sound while gently nudging pop as a whole into a more complex and subtle future.

60
DIY
‘Oh No’ doesn’t quite signal a reinvention for Lanza, but a move towards one end of her capabilities, one which consistently brings excitement, energy and openings for new paths for her to head down.
Apr 19, 2016
gabromzk
84
Are you kidding me? Y'all are judging bad because her voice? I think she has a sweet and evocative voice. And to be fair this a pretty damn good record.
Best tracks: VV Violence, Going Somewhere, It Means I Love You, Oh No
May 13, 2016
90
She mixed new electronic trops with best stuff from 80. synth music. This album is like vintage FKA twigs. So yes, I'm impressed.
May 10, 2016
85
Absolutely stunning record (yet again)! I happen to LOVE her voice, but it's her production that is the star here, she's just outstanding. A fantastic follow-up to Pull My Hair Back...
May 10, 2016
sourcherry24
90
A fantastic record from her. Does not disappoint.
Sep 29, 2016
SiberianBreaks
68
Jessy Lanza's latest output is a mostly tasteful and surprisingly minimal take on the 80's and all its lovable pop glory filtered through a wide variety of modern, club music including the percussion-crazed stylings of footwork, the melodic, vocal styles of freestyle, and the varied, disjointed sounds of UK Bass. The vocals match the sparseness of these pop tunes quite flawlessly and have this somewhat strange balance between shy and confident which I found really charming so I'm not really ... read more


Added on: January 27, 2016