Kelsey Lu - BLOOD
Critic Score
Based on 11 reviews
2019 Ratings: #191 / 757
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Based on 400 ratings
2019 Ratings: #73
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The Observer

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


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.

The 405

The world Blood inhabits is intricately complex, drifting between well-earned confidence and unassuaged guilt and dread. It’s by turns soothing and existentially crushing.


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

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.

The Guardian

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


Above all, there is a sense of abundance, of florality; plush orchestrations rush into the spaces where her EP once shunned other instrumentation, preferring instead to let her cello reverberate with sharp-eyed reticence.

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.


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


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

love that bit where she goes ".........JUMP!!!!!!

intoooo the atlantic"

on the song 'Atlantic', proper bangin
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
Defies expectations with its unpredictable instrumental flourishes and vivid imagery. Marks the arrival of an inventive artist beyond our midst.
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).
kelsey lu's sweet, elegant voice, matched with intricate instrumentals and blissful sounds delivered with such delicacy; truly absorbing and dreamy

her cover version of I'm Not In Love surely does the song justice, adding some obscure, eerie, rhythmic and layering elements to it. poor fake is a total bop, upbeat, mesmerizing, and groovy.

the rich cello, harp, tambourine, violin, and birds chirping really add to the vivid atmosphere
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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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Added on: March 20, 2019