Perfume Genius - Learning
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Based on 12 reviews
2010 Ratings: #212 / 879
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Based on 166 ratings
2010 Ratings: #118
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June 21, 2010 / Release Date
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Matador / Label
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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.


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.

Hadreas' debut resonates profoundly and pulls at the heart strings.
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.

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
The production it’s cheap, yes. But the lyrics are really powerful, and even if Mike’s vocals are a bit washed out the melodies are vibrant and present. ‘’Write to your Brother’’ it’s one of the most beautiful and cute ballads i’ve ever heard, and songs the first 3 songs of the album really standout for me. It’s a short beautiful start to Mike’s amazing journey as an artist. This album it’s chill, but low-key powerful.
Perfume Genius' debut album is – to borrow the words of NME's Camilla Pia – "[a] fragile, fucked-up little wonder".
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
Learning - 7/10
Look Out, Look Out - 7/10
Mr. Peterson - 7/10
Gay Angels - 7/10
You Won't B Here - 7,5/10
Write To Your Brother - 7 /10
No Problem - 7/10
When - 7/10
Perry - 7/10
Never Did - 7/10
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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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