Perfume Genius - Learning
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2010 Ratings: #203 / 855
User Score
Based on 99 ratings
2010 Ratings: #70
June 21, 2010 / Release Date
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Matador / Label
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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.

MacPhisto
81
Extremadamente sensible. Toca algunos temas oscuros y turbios con mucha delicadeza. Un muy buen debut.
85
Perfume Genius' debut album is – to borrow the words of NME's Camilla Pia – "[a] fragile, fucked-up little wonder".
daFigz
80
Periodically I go through a phase where I fall enamored over recording debuts. Record store clerks will often scoff when I express my desire to collect such releases. Well, Mike Hadreas' "Learning" is one of those debuts that has me eager for more. A beautiful record. Poignant and delicate. The nuance of the whole is what leaves me with a glow afterwords. Pop for what it is, it is no less enjoyable and rewarding. In fact, it's the richness of "Learning" that has ... read more
holsgr
75
☆☆☆½ ~ An inspiringly remarkable album. I feel intensely engaged with this consistent and deeply satisfying music in a wholly compelling unique way.
Sappy
80
Top Favorite: Lookout, Lookout
Other Favorites: Mr. Peterson, Learning, When
Least Favorite: Perry
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#4/Drowned in Sound
#32/DIY
#45/Stereogum
#63/NME

Track List

  1. Learning
  2. Look Out, Look Out
  3. Mr. Peterson
  4. Gay Angels
  5. You Won't B Here
  6. Write To Your Brother
  7. No Problem
  8. When
  9. Perry
  10. Never Did

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