AOTY 2019

Helium

HOMESHAKE - Helium
Critic Score
Based on 11 reviews
2019 Ratings: #587 / 616
User Score
Based on 132 ratings
2019 Ratings: #1008
February 15, 2019 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
The Line of Best Fit

The album is an ode to minimalism: it sparkles assuredly, without feeling the need for sweeping gestures to achieve great effect.

70
Exclaim!

A deeply felt, personal album that, like his previous work, should serve as the perfect soundtrack to many a late-night contemplation hour.

70
Loud and Quiet

With his new record ... it’s fair to say that Homeshake doesn’t need to master those vocal acrobatics. ‘Helium’ floats without them.

70
AllMusic

While the album's highlights work on their own, Helium is best approached as a full listening experience, as it feels like a venture into a slightly different world than our own.

60
Highsnobiety

While there are moments of intrigue and gentle grooves aplenty, all too often the songs on Helium float by like a pleasant breeze.

60
Crack Magazine

At times too lackadaisical to find tangible direction, Helium proves an impressive benchmark of what he’s capable of when he’s focused and sharp. But for now it feels like he’s just waking up.

60
PopMatters

It may be his most honest album, as it sounds lonelier and smaller than any Homeshake album to date.

55
Under The Radar

On Helium, Segar instead fills these vacancies with dopey synth patterns, his trademark vocal delivery of smooth and borderline erotic whispers and coos sound distant, as if Segar himself wasn't fully committed to what's coming out of his mouth.

45
Northern Transmissions

Helium is another take on lo-fi R&B where the minimalism extends to performance and effort. It’s sleepy without an ounce of dreaminess; solidly produced with not enough catchiness.

35
Pitchfork

The sheer lethargy of Helium at least creates, under anything less than the slightest scrutiny, a coherent experience that can be praised as a “vibe.”

30
No Ripcord

Sagar sounds lethargic and detached, which may be the mood that he's going for; but when he sticks to the same tired motifs, it's hard to feel any more excited than him.

smallpeeble
71
some tracks are nice bgm for studying/sleeping.
iamnicmoore
30
QUICK THOUGHTS: Sleep-inducing vocals over 90s drum patterns and Minecraft inspired synths. Helium sounds like a deflated balloon in the middle of a dark empty room. This album isn't offensively bad, it's offensively forgettable.

BEST TRACK: ANOTHER THING

WORST TRACKS: *EVERYTHING ELSE WAS EQUALLY FORGETTABLE*

3.0/10
andreassheerio
60
This was just alright. It's very lo-fi and chill. I like some of the songs others I don't really care for when he hits high notes and keeps the high pitch. I don't really care for this album. There's nothing really special about it. Nothing really stands out and I guess that's the charm about it. So yeah I don't really care for it, it's alright.
MasterCrackfox
61
Like a balloon, this album is pretty and fun to have around for the most part early on. The woozy production and airy vocals are pretty enjoyable even if not entirely mind-bogglingly different. After awhile, like a balloon, it starts to lose its air. It floats around still trying to maintain its shape for a period of time and then it deflates. By the end of this album, it feels like an empty balloon skin lying on the floor. You don't really know what to do with it. You don't want to throw it in ... read more
the_gnome
0
What a fucking awful and boring album. Jesus Kanye West Christ.
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Track List

  1. Early
  2. Anything at All
  3. Like Mariah
  4. Heartburn
  5. All Night Long
  6. Trudi and Lou
  7. Just like My
  8. Nothing Could Be Better
  9. Other Than
  10. Salu Says Hi
  11. Another Thing
  12. Couch Cushion
  13. (Secret Track)
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