AOTY 2020
Vagabon - Vagabon
Critic Score
Based on 17 reviews
2019 Ratings: #142 / 758
User Score
Based on 147 ratings
2019 Ratings: #268
Liked by 1 person
October 18, 2019 / Release Date
LP / Format
Nonesuch Records / Label
Indie Pop, Art Pop / Genres
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The Skinny

Vagabon is a record both stripped back yet electronically rich, genre disparate, but ultimately inclusive. A rewarding listen, it's an achievement beyond comprehension.


The work of an immensely talented melodic mastermind, Laetitia Tamko's second album touches on the magical.


It's good both for bobbing heads and bopping feet — both for being alone-alone, and alone-around-others, too.


Tamko’s sophomore effort, the self-titled, self-produced Vagabon, is a more formless affair, a cosmic journey through synthetic sounds, lush orchestral suites and lyrical self-realization.

The Guardian

Swapping crunching guitars for softer electronics, Laetitia Tamko’s second album is both sharp and tender.

The 405

She's largely left behind the rush of guitars for a textured and dense set of self-produced arrangements. It's at once mournful and consuming.

Under The Radar

No doubt a gamble to make a wholesale change in your sound after an acclaimed debut, Tamko delivers a confidently mature album with the sonics to match.


Laetitia Tamko has chosen to expand on this self-titled record that sacrifices almost any semblance of guitar in favour of a largely undefinable sound, somewhere between bedroom pop and emotive electronica.


On her self-titled sophomore effort, Laetitia Tamko leaps with both feet into new sounds and new horizons.

The Line of Best Fit

This expansive and beautiful record shows Vagabon as an expert at creating pleasure and soulful reassurance from electronic pop – a surprising but welcome heelturn.

Slant Magazine

Representing a new generation of women and people of color, Tamko democratizes art in her own way, and moments like these tie her music back to the instapoetry movement, flitting between topics of love, feminism, and cultural identity with relative ease.

Loud and Quiet

It’s this spirit of support and encouragement, which is borne through by her personal experiences, that lifts the album into a quiet success.


Throughout, Vagabon is remarkable for its calm confidence as well as its soft yet colorful palette.

No Ripcord

Vagabon ... sounds like a defiant response to her insecurities, pushing her self-produced effort in directions not commonly associated with the music she was making.

Vagabon returns after 2 years with another stunning record, trading in multi-genre inspired indie rock for a more defined direction.

When Vagabon released her appropriately-titled debut record Infinite Worlds she was met with a mountain of praise. Trendy artists like this are always fun to follow, and a lot of them burn out faster than they appeared. But there was something much different about Laetitia Tamko's sound that was hard to pigeonhole. I watched her Audiotree set and she talked ... read more
First listen :

Arg a difficult case here. Vagabon first album was really sweet with her 00's indie rock vibes and some more contemporarian sounds.

On her second LP, the transition to a more pop orientation is a bit brutal. She really loses charm and while any tracks are really bad, she doesn't stand out compare to monster trucks of the genre. Lyrically, this is cute, it's ok. Period ... I guess :/ ? I don't know, nothing stands out.

Recently, this is a trend to switch to indie vibes to ... read more
Lætitia Tamko aches for home on Vagabon, her self-titled second album, curiously complex yet coherent in sound but impenetrable without losing sight of her own vision and passion for lush orchestral arrangements, soundscapes and ever overflowing emotions. Her vocals croons with immediacy and clarity, her way of telling a story unfolds seamlessly through tracks that permeates with warmth and sonic glow. I love how this tracks are different from the other, catchy and groovy, silent yet ... read more
First time hearing this artist and I'm interested already, great productions, very unique voice, I'll keep an eye on her...
Vagabon flexes her taste in various genres on her sophomore album. Lovely production ( mostly self-produced!) and great distinct vocals on this. It did take more than a listen to really get into since the singles were so different from the rest of the album but it was worth it. Reflective and moving.
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Added on: June 13, 2019