Hayden Thorpe - Diviner
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2019 Ratings: #43 / 312
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Based on 62 ratings
2019 Ratings: #98
May 24, 2019 / Release Date
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Domino / Label
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Sometimes Thorpe’s approach goes close to the blue eyed mellow r n’ b of Rhye, others it ends up delicately piano driven with a Nils Frahm ambience.

Both approaches suit the man’s vocals which are firmly locked in ‘tender’ mode - you’ll find no hooting nor howling here.

The only real weakness is the best tracks are so sublime you may find yourself pining for them during a couple of relative lulls.
Since the death of the "Wild Beasts" the idea of their two lead singers releasing solo material, lingered in mind, and here we have the first of that divine thought.

And of course its, Hayden to release first, his voice so ethereal and covered in emotion but broken away from Fleming's baritone can it ever reach the same level without juxtaposition? The instrumentation birthed among the waters of sleepy piano. Its the kind of backdrop, anyone could have guessed.

But where this ... read more
Very pretty. Very authentic.
I feel as though that most of the songs never reach their full potential. There was that little something that I needed to be there, but it wasn't there.

Favs: Diviner, Love Crimes, In My Name (really started to pick up), Anywhen
Wild Beast's former frontman unleashes his debut in the open with its unobtrusive vulnerability, breathtaking piano flourishes and aching lyricism taking him fully into the spotlight. The familiar signature sound of his band's work echoes throughout the track-list but giving his own refreshing spin that never overstays its welcome. Something bold and beautiful lies within the music here and it's undeniable.
“In my butchers hands her soft fruit tendered, she never pretended, she purred while I grrred” came Hayden Thorpe’s salacious croon more than a decade ago on Wild Beasts’ debut. His prurient poetry was very much their molten core – it was hot, it was steamy, and to the discerning nymph quite dreamy – with coy turns of phrase that’d redden cheeks with hot flush and then again with a playful, stinging slap. Limbo, Panto was a rabble-rouser, lighting fires ... read more
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Track List

  1. Diviner
  2. Straight Lines
  3. Earthly Needs
  4. Love Crimes
  5. Stop Motion
  6. In My Name
  7. Anywhen
  8. Human Knot
  9. Spherical Time
  10. Impossible Object
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