Kelsey Lu - BLOOD
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2019 Ratings: #52 / 267
User Score
Based on 187 ratings
2019 Ratings: #21
April 19, 2019 / Release Date
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Columbia / Label
Art Pop, Chamber Pop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
The Observer

Lu seems intent to immerse us fully, deeply, intimately into her gossamer creative vision – and she succeeds. An astonishing first album.

90
Exclaim!

Kelsey Lu's Blood, pumping with movement and what moves us, we tiny wholes, maybe isn't a continent so much as it is a bordered body, graceful in its clunky fullness, jostling with every pothole, the cello its longing pores come to life.

80
Clash

Kelsey Lu’s ‘Blood’ is an album voracious in appetite and ideas. Its scope is broad, its palate lush and brimming with vibrant colour.

80
Crack Magazine

Lu’s confessional outlook and openness to genre-blending aligns Blood with the fluidity of the digital era. But there’s also a classic quality to what she is doing.

80
The Guardian

Blood is an enticingly restrained debut, showing a consistency of tone without compromising on Lu’s inventiveness.

70
Loud and Quiet

It’s this forward-forging spirit that knits her diverse debut collection together. And yet you get the sense she’s still only scratched the surface, stylistically.

70
Highsnobiety

To get lost in Lu’s timeless, graceful, swooning soul is heavenly exaltation.

60
NME

The alt-classical talent has crafted an evocative, featured-packed debut album that, though uneven, commands you listen up and pay attention.

musicmagpie55
77
While not the slam dunk I was hoping for, Kelsey Lu is a voice in pop music to watch. My slight issue with the album is that there are some truly sublime moments that outshine and diminish rest of the songs. 'Why Knock For You,' 'Foreign Car,' and 'Poor Fake' capture Lu's potential in a strong triple punch. These songs are continually shifting, never settling into a single rhythm or emotional state. Lu likes to draw out her vowels and really stretches her word into languid phrases that ... read more
thomasny18
75
For me this wasn't something I really appreciated on the first listen alone. It all just went into the background for a calm, but forgettable vibe.

On multiple listens though it still has a bit of that same issue, but it manages to hold my attention more. Also, I know everyone's talking about it, but that fucking cover of I'm Not In Love is so fucking perfect. Like, what the hell. How???

I'll play it safe for now on a 75, but this might rise to an 80 on even more listens.
usedtobe
86
Defies expectations with its unpredictable instrumental flourishes and vivid imagery. Marks the arrival of an inventive artist beyond our midst.
holowna
58
While the record doesn't really pick up steam until the mid-section, the highs make the sparse buildup mostly worthwhile. The instrumentation is lavish throughout and Kelsey's interspersed vocals complement the music very well, particularly the isolated axioms and aesthetic speech-thoughts that float around. That said, the album feels a little undercooked and certain sections, particularly the beginning and end, fail to keep hold of my attention.

Rating: Average to Decent (58).
ricardomcr
71
Gorgeous instrumental arrangements, especially when she allows her voice to be the central point, I kinda wish she wasn't as subdued in delivering her melodies, but at least it makes for a consistently good vocal performance.
It is also surprinsingly cold and despondent in some sections, by design. Carries a very intimate and personnal feeling. The cover version of I'm Not in Love actually does justice to the original.
For me, in clicks in some parts while some other tracks leave me ... read more
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Track List

  1. Rebel
  2. Pushin Against the Wind
  3. Due West
  4. Kindred I
  5. Why Knock For You
  6. Foreign Car
  7. Poor Fake
  8. Too Much
  9. I'm Not In Love
  10. Kindred II
  11. Atlantic
  12. Down2ridE
  13. Blood
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