Perfume Genius - Learning
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2010 Ratings: #96 / 833
User Score
Based on 73 ratings
2010 Ratings: #37
Your Review

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.

Jan 2, 2018
Sappy
80
Top Favorite: Lookout, Lookout
Other Favorites: Mr. Peterson, Learning, When
Least Favorite: Perry
Nov 18, 2017
85
Perfume Genius' debut album is – to borrow the words of NME's Camilla Pia – "[a] fragile, fucked-up little wonder".
Jun 21, 2017
PJ_0707
73
While there are solid songs that show great promise the album as a whole doesn't carry the superior strength of tracks like Look Out, Look Out, Mr. Peterson or the title track. The collection is padded out by sub-standard recordings that are too heavy on atmosphere. The production hinders the little moments of brilliance that are hiding under the surface. Perfume Genius' latter work is considerably stronger.
Jun 20, 2015
SiberianBreaks
60
A sweet, little album that includes some very promising songwriting. I just felt that the production worked against the music overall.

Favourite tracks: Lookout Lookout, Gay Angels
Oct 21, 2014
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
END OF YEAR LISTS
#4/Drowned in Sound
#32/DIY
#45/Stereogum
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

Contributions By
thisisabtlgrnd, erik