Heard It In A Past Life

Maggie Rogers - Heard It In A Past Life
Critic Score
Based on 26 reviews
2019 Ratings: #503 / 737
User Score
Based on 519 ratings
2019 Ratings: #982
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January 18, 2019 / Release Date
LP / Format
Capitol / Label
Synthpop / Genres
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On ‘Heard It In A Past Life’, Maggie is explosive, emotional, and vulnerable. She’s not the twee folksy nature girl she was once known as, she’s a star to watch, writing confessional pop that could rival the big leagues. Taylor, Robyn, Lorde – Maggie’s here to join you.
Northern Transmissions

While themes of self-discovery, anxiety and insecurity permeate the album, Heard It in a Past Life nonetheless stands as a powerful mission statement, marrying influences from the dance music she embraced while in Europe during a gap year and the folk music of her upbringing with finesse and conviction. Festival darling status beckons.

Consequence of Sound

With Heard It in a Past Life, Rogers proves that the success of her singles was no mere accident.

Thankfully, Rogers rises to the occasion, making herself and her mixture of emotions the anchor of songs whose music moves at an unending pace.
It sticks in the mind for a good while after and just keeps bringing you back in with fantastic production, brilliant pop songwriting and a central personality as easy to like and support as any on the current music scene.
On the intoxicating ‘Heard It In A Past Life’, Rogers sounds in love with art, nature and life itself.
The record finds a way of making her atypical pop sit comfortably in the mainstream, offering something genuinely new. Coming a long way since sitting adjacent to Pharrell in the studio at NYU, Maggie Rogers has certainly found her own voice.
Rolling Stone

At its core, Heard It In a Past Life is a collection of self-searching moments: miniature mental flashbulbs of realization from a young adult striving to adjust to the swiftly shifting world around her.


While it sometimes feels like Rogers could be even bolder than she is on Heard It in a Past Life, it's a strong debut that shows how well she's growing into her fame as well as all the dimensions of her music.


The dozen self-penned songs reveal she's consumed by questions of personal identity, but she doesn't want to commit to being any particular self.


It's this strong songwriting that brings all these new sounds and styles together and is what will continue to set her apart from her contemporaries.


Maggie Rogers is a pure pop star and a deserving one, at that. She’s self-assured in a way other radio stars aren’t, never afraid to fold in her folk background and do whatever she wants. And you just can’t help but root for her.

The Line of Best Fit

Rogers writes anthems for the modern age, with all the paradoxical feelings of empowerment, anxiety, heartbreak and growth that that entails.

It is hard to be picky about a pop album so assured, but there are some flaws.
God Is in the TV

These are warm, well crafted pop tunes that I don’t doubt we’ll be hearing in heavy rotation on Ken Bruce’s show as Record Of The Week between Popmaster rounds.

Spectrum Culture

The effortless feel of Rogers’ debut no doubt comes from the way it follows modern pop guidelines, but it also stems from Rogers’ own innate talent, one you hope she decides to start taking chances with in the future.

The Skinny
At times, it can feel predictable, with an undoubtedly talented songwriter working within boundaries, rather than exceeding them. The palette can feel restrictive, and the lyrical matter predictable. It’s a stepping stone, a moment of reconciliation and recollection from a talent who is just about to surge ahead.
NOW Magazine

Her ability to combine a big, broad sound with studious attention to detail transforms what could be a restless debut into something more.

The Independent

Heard It in a Past Life is evidence of Rogers’ ambition and potential, but it is proof, too, that you can’t bottle lightning.

The 405

The music presented on her awaited debut Heard It In A Past Life feels deep rooted in nostalgic Americana, a wash of soft palette colours.


While often precious, it’s never bad or incompetent, but there’s a frustrating sense of bets being hedged, particularly once the more ambitious production gives way to mildly anguished stadium boom towards the end.

The Guardian

Unfortunately, what made Rogers stand out – a warmly idiosyncratic voice and a strong grasp of melody made less conventional with looping samples and unexpected beats – is still best showcased by her 2017 EP, Now That the Light Is Fading.

The Observer
The dominant mood is plaintive, emotive, chilled alternative R&B of the sort popularised by London Grammar and their ilk, with a strong leaning towards the yearning synthpop of her friends Muna on Light On and Retrograde.
The Needle Drop

Maggie Rogers' debut studio album doesn't have much in the way of memorable songwriting or a distinctive voice.

The perfect backdrop to the time I spent in forever21
With her hook-heavy brand of Synthpop and Indie Folk, Maggrie Rogers had me bopping my head and singing along to nearly every track on this record by the second listen.

This record isnt anything special from a technical or creative perspective, I just really enjoyed it!
With Billie Eilish, Lana Del Ray, and Halsey we don't need another sleepy music girl
she's so cute
If I wanted to provide someone the most average, paint by numbers Indie Pop album, this would be it.
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Track List

  1. Give A Little
  2. Overnight
  3. The Knife
  4. Alaska
  5. Light On
  6. Past Life
  7. Say It
  8. On + Off
  9. Fallingwater
  10. Retrograde
  11. Burning
  12. Back In My Body
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Added on: October 10, 2018