AOTY 2018
Tirzah - Devotion
Critic Score
Based on 15 reviews
2018 Ratings: #135 / 709
Year End Rank: #14
User Score
Based on 198 ratings
2018 Ratings: #290
August 10, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
Domino / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
The Skinny

Tirzah and Levi have created something fiercely unique, relatable and of the moment; one of the most crucial pop records of the year.

90
The Line of Best Fit

Tirzah has made 11 raw, honest, and beautifully unusual pop songs that will remain with you whether you like it or not, bringing you back time and time again, motivated by your devotion to this record.

90
Exclaim!

In the sparseness of its haze, Devotion feels ephemeral, like a photo taken at golden hour that's just starting to fade.

90
The 405

On Devotion, she cordons off her own corner of modern Rn’B with a statement destined to become a genre staple.

85
Under The Radar
The album at once presents a ghastly, stuttering vision for the standard love song and tugs at the same heartstrings that R&B has always attacked. Across 39 gorgeous and addicting minutes, it never lets go.
83
Pitchfork

Tirzah Mastin’s debut album Devotion is a compelling vision of what imperfect pop music can be—joyful in both sound and feeling precisely because both seem so out-of-step and asymmetrical.

80
The Guardian

Making magic out of minimal patterns – with the help of old friend and producer Mica Levi – the singer spins alluring stories of intimacy and love.

80
AllMusic

It's this skill at hypnotizing and disarming her audience that makes Devotion such a captivating reintroduction to Tirzah.

80
Tiny Mix Tapes

Tirzah’s Devotion, these 14 numeral moments, sketch a way toward communicating loving better.

78
Resident Advisor

It's striking how simple and affecting Devotion is as a whole. At a time when so much music is political and intellectualized, Tirzah's sincerity and candor is a breath of fresh air.

75
Northern Transmissions
For her most intriguing album to date, Tirzah mixes experimental electronic tones with powerful R&B soul for an album that sounds like few others. Though it may feel like a massive and daunting step now, we’ll likely be looking back to this album as a turning point in the genre later.
70
Loud and Quiet

‘Devotion’ is a bold statement of intent from a young artist who already sounds as if she’s carved out her own niche.

70
Clash
Taking inspiration from Al Green, Barry White and D’Angelo, produced with her long-term friend and collaborator Micachu, Tirzah manages to create a warped ‘90s R&B record with a soulful core and enough electronic dissonance for the modern age.
65
Spectrum Culture

Much of the music on Devotion is built off of loops, but each one delivers a unique strangeness.

50
PopMatters

Devotion lacks the clarity and urgency of Tirzah's earlier work.

Tsareena
86
I liked the minimal production and the lyrics on a lot of this. The repetitiveness and similar production on some tracks made it a little boring but a really enjoyable debut in general.

Edit: It keeps growing for me. Devotion the track is so gorgeous and the record is a lot more detailed than I thought
Faves: Do You Know, Basic Need, Go Now
tha138
68
It takes real courage to express devotion with the minimalistic use of loops and, for the time being, Tirzah succeeds in putting aside the essentials by betting on the ephemeral.
jordymusic
65
The garage rooted production is nice, moody and clean but the looping results in many tracks becoming repetitive listens as most are structured very similarly. Tirzah's casual vocal style can work both for and against her, sometimes fitting perfectly with the tone set by the production but other times failing to provide some needed animation when the instrumentals start to feel repeated. Still a bunch of good tracks on here, Basic Need and Affection are the standouts for the dedication to the ... read more
55
Considering that Devotion features in virtually all end-of-the-year list, it's remarkably shallow, in terms of both lyrics and production.
Hypnoglitz
NR
Come for the atmosphere. Easy repeat listening.
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Track List

  1. Fine Again
  2. Do You Know
  3. Gladly
  4. Holding On
  5. Affection
  6. Basic Need
  7. Guilty
  8. Devotion (feat. Coby Sey)
  9. Go Now
  10. Say When
  11. Reach
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