AOTY 2018

Language

MNEK - Language
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
2018 Ratings: #600 / 709
User Score
Based on 32 ratings
2018 Ratings: #409
September 7, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
Virgin EMI / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
musicOMH

By the end of the heartfelt Touched By You MNEK has truly made his mark with this ambitious masterwork of an album. After years in the background, he’s proved that he’s the full package.

80
NME

This is a moving and important – and fun! – record that proves MNEK is the pop star we need in 2018.

80
The Line of Best Fit

Language is satisfyingly expansive, exploring the connection between communication and physicality in contemporary queer relationships.

60
DIY

‘Language’ could afford to lose a few numbers - particularly the low-energy likes of ‘Body’ and ‘Girlfriend’ - but there’s more than enough evidence here that MNEK is a potent force in his own right.

60
The Guardian

Occasionally ... it can feel as if he is courting the charts in a slightly soulless way.

60
The Observer

It’s a beautifully crafted, upbeat pop album, and MNEK’s voice is compelling and gorgeous; the only small quibble is it’s a tad long.

60
Clash

MNEK’s personality, previously diluted by the artists he worked with, comes through strongly in this string of infectious dance-pop tracks for a lovely end-of-summer going-out soundtrack, polished and produced to perfection.

40
Rolling Stone

MNEK is a strong singer capable of bracing jumps into his falsetto register. But he seems to have been so immersed in writing for others that he’s lost his own voice.

Tsareena
79
Some dated production and generic song writing doesn't let MNEK's strengths show. I like his more eclectic and extra moments on this and those still make me like the album a lot. A real talent.
Faves: Correct, Crazy World, Free
Clairvim
62
Not amazing writing.
The first 3 tracks showed promise and it just went downhill from there.
Favorites: Correct, Tongue
Cringe to be honest.: Girlfriend
RKanharn
54
MNEK delivers a good album however there are notable negatives including the interludes, the opening track where a girl in a club mis-pronounces his name.

The song Honeymoon Phaze although good in lyrics, sounds like a wannabe X-Factor contest and Paradise sounds worse than the sample song used.

However, the album is saved with tracks such as Tongue, Colour and Crazy World.
77
The album is really good and just shows to us a great artist who has just started and already has a big potencial to became a pop icon in the future.
78
MNEK brought the jams I was looking for to start September. Is also a solid project for a debut album. Correct, Tongue, Colour, Honeymoon Phaze and Cray World are highlights.
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#15/PAPER
#41/Billboard
#41/musicOMH

Track List

  1. Background
  2. Correct
  3. Tongue
  4. Gibberish
  5. Phone
  6. Colour (feat. Hailee Steinfeld)
  7. Body
  8. Honeymoon Phaze
  9. Language
  10. Hearsay
  11. Girlfriend
  12. Paradise
  13. Crazy World
  14. Be
  15. Free
  16. Touched By You
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Added on: August 27, 2018