Lost & Found
Jorja Smith - Lost & Found
Critic Score
Based on 19 reviews
2018 Ratings: #169 / 451
User Score
Based on 192 ratings
2018 Ratings: #87
June 8, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
FAMM / Label
Neo-Soul, R&B / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Exclaim!

With classically trained vocals, storytelling swagger and a knack for melodic invention, Lost & Found serves as both introduction and foundation.

90
Northern Transmissions
Rather than make a predictable vocal-pop record, Smith mixes R&B with a range of production new and old to make a record that is truly one of a kind. As a new kind of art-house Amy Winehouse, she delivers great cutting commentary, a devastating vocal and the music to make it all memorable.
90
PopMatters

This is not a first album that sounds like a first album; it is a first album that sounds like it came from an artist who has been doing this for years and years, an artist who already has award shows and headlining tours in her rear view mirror. As such, it's hard to keep from seeing those things in Jorja Smith's future. Lost & Found is a revelation.

85
GIGsoup
Jorja Smith is beyond talented in her gift of devising such work with her voice and ability to make music that sticks. The soulful voice and production working collectively brings emotion and life to each track. Understand, this project introduces the prodigious capabilities of this young soul.
81
Pitchfork

Comprising a brisk but dense 12 songs (including four previously released tracks and several others Smith has teased live), Lost & Found is the biggest test to date of Smith’s commitment to making music on her own terms. The result is a bold statement of artistic purpose.

80
DIY
There’s a diversity of stylistic approach and yet a singularity of vision that few artists are able to combine so early on.
80
Clash
While ‘Lost & Found’ doesn’t feel like Jorja Smith’s magnum opus, it’s a brilliant first draft.
80
The Line of Best Fit
Her debut is skilfully arranged so that most music fans will be able to unearth some element that they can relate to. Smith’s debut may cast the net wide, but she is an artist with ambition, who doesn’t want to be limited to one specific market. A multifaceted performer, her music reflects her personality.
80
The Observer

Ebbing and flowing with daydreams and a glossy but gritty pulse, Lost & Found is quietly, confidently remarkable.

80
NOW Magazine

On her debut album, the singer ... resists the urge to call in favours from her high-profile friends. Instead, she wisely sticks to the creative path started on her 2016 debut EP, Project 11, which is what got her noticed in the first place.

80
Highsnobiety
The album is a debut in the truest sense of the word: an introduction, a declaration, a compendium of Smith’s artistry up to this point, and a tantalizing taste of what’s to come.
75
Consequence of Sound

As a whole, Lost & Found finds Jorja Smith making a name for herself with presence and poise. Throughout these 12 songs, she commands a mastery of various styles, with enough experiments to flesh out a varied, captivating album.

75
Spectrum Culture

Lost & Found occasionally feels like more of a collection than a full album; it’s a compilation of music she’s been performing for years and contains previously released songs going back to when she was 16. But it barely matters.

70
The 405

Jorja Smith’s debut resonates with the sounds of Amy Winehouse and Lauryn Hill; Smith isn’t afraid to fill songs with bare emotion as she writes melodies about love, racism and her life’s path.

60
Dork
While ‘Lost & Found’ is most successful when diving into the realities of being a British teenager today, Smith’s most consistent weapon is her voice.
60
Loud and Quiet
It is regrettable that the album lacks any trace of contemporary advances in electronic production trends – nary a sign of PC Music, Yaeji or Arca here. It lends a curious sense of short-term nostalgia to proceedings, and a destiny, alas, not to be remembered as a defining statement of its times that the early hype might have suggested.
60
The Guardian
As far as the poetry of trying, failing and picking yourself up again goes, this has merit, but as for staking a claim as pop’s biggest new R&B talent, it doesn’t quite stand five stories tall.
60
NME
Smith’s made the grade on this serviceable first record ‘Lost & Found’, and the path to her becoming Britain’s next global export is looking pretty clear. If only it was made to feel less of a drag.
60
Slant Magazine

Her voice is silky yet barbed with solemnity, rendering her profound heartbreak and joy palpable to the listener. It's a potent tool for storytelling that's present during every moment, both golden and dull, of her debut album, Lost & Found.

Jun 11, 2018
buttholewasabi
80
The album might be on the safe side, but god damn there are so many good tracks on this album. Jorja's voice is beautiful, full of character and passion, and the production is a great compliment to it as well. So many moments on this where her voice reaches notes that are so real, and give me chills, you can feel the emotion she is feeling and trying to convey. While some songs may overstay their welcome, the vibe isn't ruined necessarily. Great album to put on during an after party to chill ... read more
Jun 9, 2018
itsyahboinoah
55
Yeah her voice is alright, but cmon this has no replay value well to me atleast. The production here feels by the numbers and stale.
Jun 11, 2018*
Tebitas
67
Although most tracks can feel very safe and can be uninteresting at times, it’s still a solid rnb album with beautiful angelic vocals.
Jul 18, 2018
moxori
86
she's slowly becoming THE boss.

faves: Teenage Fantasy, Where Did I Go?, The One, Tomorrow
Jun 24, 2018*
DalekTurret32
94
Lost & Found [97]
Teenage Fantasy [96]
Where Did I Go? [94]
February 3rd [94]
On Your Own [93]
The One [94]
Wandering Romance [91] (-)
Blue Lights [98]
Lifeboats (Freestyle) [92] (That nice guitar playing in the background reminds me of Damselfly by Loyle Carner)
Goodbyes [93]
Tomorrow [94]
Don't Watch Me Cry [97]

Top 5:

5. Where Did I Go?
4. Teenage Fantasy
3. Lost & Found
2. Don't Watch Me Cry
1. Blue Lights
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Track List
  1. Lost & Found
  2. Teenage Fantasy
  3. Where Did I Go?
  4. February 3rd
  5. On Your Own
  6. The One
  7. Wandering Romance
  8. Blue Lights
  9. Lifeboats (Freestyle)
  10. Goodbyes
  11. Tomorrow
  12. Don't Watch Me Cry


Added on: April 20, 2018