Kelly Lee Owens - Inner Song
Critic Score
Based on 20 reviews
2020 Ratings: #80 / 621
User Score
Based on 560 ratings
2020 Ratings: #47
Liked by 46 people
August 28, 2020 / Release Date
LP / Format
Smalltown Supersound / Label
Tech House, Art Pop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
NME

By allowing her songs to breathe, leaving space for contemplation, ‘Inner Song’ is a perfectly-arranged album where each track has a part to play: an emotive-yet-euphoric collection that’s made for late-night reflection, Kelly Lee Owens has made one of the most beautiful records of the year.

90
Loud and Quiet
This album is a leap in artistry that sees Kelly Lee Owens return fully-formed, hopefully more fulfilled, and damn near flawless.
90
Gigwise

If Owens’ technical wizardry was enough to put her on a par with her peers from the outset, then it’s the level of emotional intelligence she imbues her work with that makes her the leading light of UK electronic.

86
Paste

If Kelly Lee Owens gently opened the door between dream pop and techno, Inner Song rushes through it and builds a world where ecstatic, curative, untethered electronic sounds abound.

85
The Line of Best Fit

It’s hard not to lavish Owens with praise here, but atop Inner Song’s exceptional track list and an underlying message based around acceptance and healing, Owens uses those experiences to expand into a wider array of exploration and storytelling.

80
Q Magazine
For a record that's full of left turns, Kelly Lee Owen's second album has a remarkable directness.
80
Mojo
Sonically rich, emotionally weighty techno pop.
80
Uncut
A second dose of celestial techno.
80
Clash

'Inner Song' is an atmospheric journey around peaks and valleys, from ethereal vocals that transcend reality to riotous head-banging ballads that invigorate the senses.

80
Exclaim!

Owen's second album is nonetheless a triumph of soundscapes, an album not meant to analyze and decipher but to daydream, sleepwalk and stargaze through.

80
The Independent

Throughout is a sense of wonderment at being alone. Perhaps solitude is an underrated pursuit, but with Inner Song, Owens makes a highly convincing case for it.

80
Under The Radar

By creating an album that speaks to her own experiences in its every nuance, she’s crafted one of the finest subversive pop records of the year.

80
Crack Magazine

A mesmerising and spectral sophomore effort, where Owens captures the sweeping landscapes of her inner world.

80
The Observer
Delayed to show “solidarity” with record shops threatened by Covid, Kelly Lee Owens’s second album finds the banging techno DJ venturing further into the realm of electronic pop.
80
Dork
An album for the head, heart and body in equal measure it’s a striking and significant step forward from an artist at the top of her game.
79
Beats Per Minute

Inner Song is an uplifting, joyful and charming album that perfectly combines the heady rush of techno with ‘pop’ sensibilities.

77
Pitchfork

On her second album, the Welsh electronic musician leans into both her loops and her lyrics, seeking something spiritual in the act of repetition.

70
God Is in the TV

On Inner Song, Owens reaffirms her abilities as a top flight ambient electronic artist and delivers several distinctive, emotionally charged tracks.

70
AllMusic

Like her debut, Inner Song covers a lot of emotional ground, and her exploratory spirit is just as captivating as the messages she expresses.

60
The Needle Drop

Inner Song has an admirably adventurous spirit, but the overall experience is dampened by a lack of consistency.

JacksonLerner
80
this is an amazing journey of house music in modern art. i’m so glad kelly created ‘Inner Song’

if organic chemistry was in music form it would sound like this. the production is gorgeously abrasive (@“night”’s second half).

this is what covers should be: an artists’ clear, own take on the original song. Something pragmatic in the sense that it’s a different version which still remains original.

kelly Lee Owens should have tremendous pride of ... read more
MasterCrackfox
85
A transcending album, unmatched by anything in its field released this year, Kelly Lee Owens soars and mystifies on Inner Song. The techno-pop amalgamation rarely sounds so good, but Owens clearly has a knack for producing beats that inspire reflection but still cause your body to oscillate with the sounds. That she doesn't rely on the production to carry the weight of the album, instead choosing to make something more genuine, only makes this album even more gratifying.

The dream pop ... read more
Maqtheus
83
'Inner Song' destaca entre outras coisas, a primorosa forma em que Kelly Lee Owens modela o tech house com uma forte influência do dream pop diante de rupturas e vocais desolados pela cessante presença de elementos recheados de música eletrônica, dos quais acabam trazendo camadas e mais camadas para os vocais tomados de emoção - o que pode ser visto em faixas como 'L.I.N.E.' e 'Wake Up', dois grandes triunfos resguardados de identidade e profundidade ... read more
MusicN
89
After a day of baffling my (remaining) braincells seeing Tenet, then getting fearfully existential listening to more of a 1984 audiobook on YouTube, I naively thought this new Kelly Lee Owens album was going to be an nice way to end my day and be able unwind, relax and let my mind recover...
Then I discovered that the lyrics have themes of climate crisis and breakups. Oh. Well then. I can't win.
snowman
70
7/10
Inner Song is the closest to production perfection you'll find this year, with techno mantras getting stuck in your head. However, a few tracks (Jeanette & Corner of my sky) are complete misses and don't utilize Kelly's pristine vocals at all.
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Track List

  1. Arpeggi
  2. On
  3. Melt!
  4. Re-Wild
  5. Jeanette
  6. L.I.N.E.
  7. Corner of My Sky (feat. John Cale)
  8. Night
  9. Flow
  10. Wake-Up
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Added on: February 25, 2020