The Japanese House - Good At Falling
Critic Score
Based on 21 reviews
2019 Ratings: #143 / 770
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Based on 517 ratings
2019 Ratings: #512
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Dork
‘Good At Falling’ stands as a debut album that captures exactly why The Japanese House is so special, with a frank and honest snapshot of life that’ll touch at the very soul of anyone who clicks play.
100
The Skinny

Good at Falling has a feeling of the relief that comes after crying. It takes a moment to sit in sorrow, to feel every inch of it, only to find it washed away by hope and gratitude.

90
DIY

The Japanese House ... arrives at ‘Good At Falling’ with steady momentum, carved out over four EPs that saw her graduate from introverted, hushed bedroom pop to fleshed-out, soaring pop. On her debut album, all this progression and promise comes fantastically good.

90
Clash

Whilst lyrically, it is a portrayal of insecurity and pain, sonically it is a bright, glistening piece of pop magic that merges the quintessential style seen on The Japanese House’s three EPs with new points of exploration that only increases the excitement around this enigmatic superstar-in-waiting.

90
God Is in the TV

Not only is it a big step for Bain as a full-length release but also for a woman used to keeping her cards close to her chest. In 40 mesmeric minutes, she lays her soul bare for the first time.

85
The Line of Best Fit

This is an artist continuously experimenting through the genres of folk, shoe-gaze and dream-pop; the collection is diverse and engaging with an overall theme of innocent romanticism running throughout.

85
Earmilk

The true magic of her music comes from its honesty, immediacy, and Bain's unique way of pulling you into her perspective.

80
PopMatters

It's the maturation in lyricism and the ability to share herself with the world, which can only result from time and experience, that lift Japanese House's full-length debut above her previous work.

80
The Guardian

On Good at Falling, her debut album, the walls come tumbling down, with Bain picking at the scabs of a broken relationship with the sort of direct candour that would have seemed unimaginable when she arrived in 2015.

80
NME

The solo electro-pop musician was an enigma when she first arrived, but this accomplished debut album makes damn sure you won’t forget her.

80
AllMusic

Good at Falling is an extremely impressive debut LP from a songwriter who's more than proved that she's unafraid to delve into the melancholy parts of her past and wrap them up in dreamlike, atmospheric songs which are accessible for various kinds of music fans without ever sounding too saccharine.

80
Gigwise

Bain is stripped of all enigma for one of her most beautifully evocative and bravely honest bodies of music to date.

75
Pitchfork

On her debut album, the British singer-songwriter Amber Bain lets go of her self-consciousness and, with some help from the 1975, makes the transformation from hesitant outsider to unlikely pop star.

70
Loud and Quiet

By the time the sprawling, thirteen-track effort is reaching its close, it starts to sound like a little bit much of a muchness, especially when Bain doesn’t lyrically have a great deal to talk about beyond her own personal tribulations.

70
The 405

While her EPs were more experimental, and less accessible, on Good at Falling, Amber makes the listener’s journey into her world easier; with a heavily pop influenced album, she opens up about her relationship with Marika Hackman, and the eventual downfall of it.

70
Spectrum Culture

These feelings, complicated by relationships, fame and loss, form the backbone of the Japanese House’s debut.

65
Northern Transmissions

The album excels when Bain relies on her euphoric songwriting to stand it up, which it does to great effect throughout the first half.

58
Sputnikmusic

Although Good at Falling makes little headway into its own unique musical space, that’s something fans can hopefully expect in the future as Bain continues to distance herself from this vigilantly-traced launching pad. For now, here’s to another round of synth-laden pop balladry.

51
Paste

Good At Falling is the fast fashion of music. It’s here and it looks good on the hanger, but are you ever going to give it a real listen, or will it be forgotten in the back of the closet? I think it’s the latter.

Riskr
78

Went to meet her, everybody hates me, and I saw you in a dream are fantastic songs that really show her potential. However other songs don’t live up to these few. But despite that, they still elicit a dreamy atmosphere and emotion that I can’t exactly put my finger on, and are fantastic songs on their own.

max2k
100

Makes me break down and lose my shit, seriously. The one two punch between Maybe You're The Reason and We Talk All the Time is unfathomable and extremely wrought. Great great tunes all around.

fkasean
66

this didnt hold up as well as expected but there are some gorjus songs here even if others arent entirely engaging but like can i keep u interested in me for 44 minutes? no 💛 so i will not judge her she is who she are

Bigby
50

Nap time

jumpYARD
85

Just dropping in to say Marika is Sleeping is an amazing song that is criminally under-appreciated, also this album is great.

porpoise
91

Is it weird to say the greatest thing I felt upon listening to this record was relief? While her previous four EPs were quite pleasant and dreamy to listen to, the repetitive style was on the cusp of getting on my nerves. I was quite apprehensive about what this album might bring, but to my surprise, Amber Bain switches things up considerably on this record. While much of her smooth synth style is still present, it’s altered and improved upon by energetic production and surprisingly ... read more

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Track List

  1. went to meet her (intro)
  2. Maybe You're the Reason
  3. We Talk All the Time
  4. Wild
  5. You Seemed so Happy
  6. Follow My Girl
  7. somethingfartoogoodtofeel
  8. Lilo
  9. Everybody Hates Me
  10. Marika Is Sleeping
  11. Worms
  12. f a r a w a y
  13. i saw you in a dream
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Added on: November 13, 2018