Perfume Genius - Learning
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2010 Ratings: #217 / 906
User Score
Based on 254 ratings
2010 Ratings: #113
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Drowned in Sound

Learning is a ... bruised and suggestive affair; of catharsis and rare, redemptive beauty, which ranks as one of the most uniquely endearing and quietly forceful debut albums of recent years.

90
NME

Within all the emotional turmoil, there’s a lot for the listener to love: Hadreas’ compelling, tremulous vocals for one, and the haunting nature of his plinky plonky piano skills. A fragile, fucked-up little wonder.

90
Sputnikmusic
Hadreas' debut resonates profoundly and pulls at the heart strings.
70
The 405

The name of the album itself represents someone coming to terms with things, with the world, with themselves. But more often than not Learning feels like a musical learning for Hadreas.

Plats
87

I'll just start this off by saying that "Learning" is a very sad album. The rough presentation is a limitation, but I also think it works effectively in making the already sad atmosphere feel fragile. Mike's vocals are even more vulnerable here, with a cracking falsetto being the selling point. But the biggest plus to this short but sweet package is his already great songwriting. He writes with such pinpoint emotional potency and shares some heartbreaking stories about the way society ... read more

Aydn
84

Goddamn this is beautiful

Despite its lofi nature, less than stellar production, and not knowing what Perfume Genius is saying without looking at the lyrics, I loved this. It's raw and emotional, which make those "cons" I mentioned, turn into pros. Reminds me a lot of early Car Seat stuff, which is the highest praise I can give. He pulls out some fantastic vocal melodies that keep you in this trance like state , along with the hypnotic pianos. Gay Angles is a track in particular that ... read more

humm1ng_b1rd
NR

Uns dos muitíssimos dignos do título de uns dos mais inspirantes/fascinantes artistas do cenário queer da década passada, Perfume Genius (condizendo com seu nome artístico) sempre entregou trabalhos de grandíssimo nível. De tamanha genialidade, tamanha magnitude que consegue ultrapassar o genial, beirar e perpetuar-se por entre a linha do perfeito. Aparti de seu primeiro álbum, Perfume Genius passou a entregar tais trabalhos que o ... read more

pedrosabe16
68

'Learning' is a learning experience for Perfume Genius on how to come to terms with the world and himself and covey that into soundscapes of ambient pop. In return, we learn more about his artistic vision in a flawed yet beautiful album.

Aydn
84

Goddamn this is beautiful

Despite its lofi nature, less than stellar production, and not knowing what Perfume Genius is saying without looking at the lyrics, I loved this. It's raw and emotional, which make those "cons" I mentioned, turn into pros. Reminds me a lot of early Car Seat stuff, which is the highest praise I can give. He pulls out some fantastic vocal melodies that keep you in this trance like state , along with the hypnotic pianos. Gay Angles is a track in particular that ... read more

TheCarioca
62

Learning - 3/5
Lookout, Lookout - 3/5
Mr. Peterson - 4/5
Gay Angels - 3/5
You Won't B Here - 3/5
Write To Your Brother - 3/5
No Problem - 3/5
When - 3/5
Perry - 3/5
Never Did - 3/5

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