Your Hero Is Not Dead

Westerman - Your Hero Is Not Dead
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
2020 Ratings: #467 / 809
User Score
Based on 178 ratings
2020 Ratings: #310
Liked by 7 people
June 5, 2020 / Release Date
LP / Format
Partisan / Label
Art Pop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Gigwise

Playful, intimate and challenging in equal measure, this is the work of an artist confident in their sound and the ideas they want to present to the world.

85
The Line of Best Fit

Between his crooning pop and exceptional storytelling, he continues to unravel something so charmingly his own while gifting the ability to slowly capture time itself.

80
The Arts Desk

For all its softness, subtlety and cleverness, this is a heavyweight record.

80
NME

Will Westerman's debut album is a wonderful, complex thing – quite easily one of the year's most impressive and textured records.

80
Clash

A record that fulfils the promise of Westerman’s output over the last couple of years and one from which he will doubtless springboard to greater things in the future, 'Your Hero Is Not Dead' is essential listening for anyone at odds with themselves or the current state of society, which really should be just about everyone at this point.

80
Pitchfork

The British songwriter’s excellent debut mines the gentle and detailed sounds of soft rock’s past, while his lucid yet uncomplicated lyrics interrogate the uncertainty of the present.

80
AllMusic

Westerman creates music to think and daydream and plot adventures to. Arriving among a musical landscape of clean, but often vacuous bedroom pop, he has created something of lasting substance and clarity.

80
Crack Magazine

Something about Westerman’s sound has always seemed inherently therapeutic, as if he makes music with the expressed intention of reaching in the inside of your soul and fixing whatever’s wrong.

70
Exclaim!

Your Hero Is Not Dead is an impressively contemplative debut album, filled with quiet music that packs a surprising emotional punch.

70
DIY

Now Westerman’s defined his niche, all he has to do is refine it a little.

66
Northern Transmissions

There’s a catharsis to how Westerman lays out his feelings and this open honesty will create a place of solace for some people to reside in, despite Your Hero Is Not Dead’s execution not quite hitting the mark.

62
Beats Per Minute

Upon the first couple of spins of the record, Your Hero Is Not Dead is as advertised – sweet and soft on the ear – but this mid-tempo record is so delicate and devoid of any real excitement that it buckles under the pressure of any scrutiny. It has no teeth.

60
Loud and Quiet

While Your Hero Is Not Dead contains some similarities with Westerman’s past work, the tempo and cohesion of the album overall are more uniform. Unfortunately, for the first half of the album this cohesion is too strict, so much so that the record feels rather flat.

Prastac
90
Westerman has been my most pleasant discovery of 2020. This is a really introspective and cosy record, and every listening just makes it better and more interesting than the last. Not many records let me feel as comfy as this one. Definitely an artist to keep an eye on.

Fav songs: Confirmation, The Line, Blue Comanche, Waiting On Design

PS: This is how a debut album should feel like.
miojoindie
80
The path chosen by Will Westerman for the first studio album of his career, Your Hero Is Not Dead (2020, Partisan), is far from seeming the most accessible. Far from an immediate result, the British singer-songwriter who began his career imitating the style of Kings of Leon and Neil Young, decided to invest in a work of a contemplative, economic essence. They are fragments of voices, arrangements treated in a minimalist way and the purposeful distance from a radio structure. Even the use of ... read more
davecoop18
83
Not sure why, but I'm getting new age Phil Collins vibes from this. Get this man an orchestra! He needs to do the soundtrack for the live action Tarzan.
usedtobe
80
London singer-songwriter Will Westerman's debut is an exercise in dynamism, with sonic techniques and instrumentation that is introspective, with different takes on certain genres that meshes well. There is playfulness in his material that has a gossamer quality to it, paired with cryptic, contemplative lyricism uniquely his own. This one is a subtle big-timer.
NTTR
56
Westerman - Your Hero Is Not Dead

Genre: Art Pop
Country: UK

Final Verdict: 56% (Pleasant Album)
Yearly Ranking: 625th / 906

Highlight: Blue Comanche

Made me think of:
The Alan Parsons Project
Blake Mills
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Track List

  1. Drawbridge
  2. The Line
  3. Big Nothing Glow
  4. Waiting on Design
  5. Think I'll Stay
  6. Dream Appropriate
  7. Easy Money
  8. Blue Comanche
  9. Confirmation
  10. Paper Dogs
  11. Float Over
  12. Your Hero Is Not Dead
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Added on: March 11, 2020