The Japanese House - Good At Falling
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Based on 21 reviews
2019 Ratings: #135 / 759
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Based on 468 ratings
2019 Ratings: #455
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‘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.
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.


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.


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.

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.

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.


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


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.

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.


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.


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.


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


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.

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.

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.

Spectrum Culture

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

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.


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.


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.

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
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.
I am continuing my retroactive reviews of this year's albums, and I am currently making my way through the month of March.

And I don't quite see what the critics are getting out the album here. The album is OK indie pop, but is nowhere close to the 80/100 that the critics have come to the conclusion of. Some tracks here are all right, with some examples that come to mind being We Talk All The Time and You Seemed So Happy, but between the good tunes there is an ocean of subpar and reverb soaked ... read more
Am smol
Im getting serious nostalgia from this album cover back to Mid Air Theif’s record from last year. Unfortunately, the music is of a much lower quality.

This had kind of a dreamy aesthetic to it that I thought was really cool, but overall the record just fell flat due to it not being engaging at all and there not being anything whatsoever to keep me focused. My mind began to wander a ton and I feel like this could have been much better had the vocals been stronger and less bland.
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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