Fenne Lily - BREACH
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2020 Ratings: #234 / 678
User Score
Based on 85 ratings
2020 Ratings: #158
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September 18, 2020 / Release Date
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Dead Oceans / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
God Is in the TV

This is an exhibition in exquisite pin drop beauty, some pain, and healing.

81
Beats Per Minute

While the warm emotionality and elegant melodicism of BREACH should earn her legions of fans, it’s the little snippets of hard-to-admit truth that are going to come to mean the most to people.

80
Mojo

It's early days yet, but Fenne Lily might just be a major talent in the making.

80
Loud and Quiet

Throughout BREACH, harsh realities and existential questions sit side-by-side, creating a stunning record that is as relatable as it is profound.

80
DIY

She’s long had more than a knack for writing heart-wrenchingly honest songs, but ‘Breach’ sees her unleashed. She’s more confident, clever and powerful.

80
Uncut

Despite Steve Albini's production, Breach is an often quiet, hushed album, but its message - one of discovering happiness in solitude - comes over loud and clear.

80
The Line of Best Fit

It’s a raw, cathartic, but incredibly gentle record that pushes through personal boundaries, and wonderfully reiterates the fact that it’s okay to be alone.

80
NME

Aside from some uninspired, though pretty acoustica, ‘BREACH’ is a stellar progression overall.

80
Dork

The cherished relatability of Lily's lyricism continues in 'BREACH' and sees the singer-songwriter leaning into a realm of not loneliness, but rather being alone – and more importantly, to be content with it.

70
Under The Radar

Lily’s newfound range largely delivers on BREACH, as does her touching and resonant songwriting.

67
Pitchfork

After the heavy-hearted indie folk of her debut, the Bristol singer-songwriter returns with a scruffier, more far-ranging record about developing a self in your twenties.

60
AllMusic

Making her Dead Oceans label debut, her second album, Breach, is an inward-looking set of songs written during a deliberate period of isolation. Later recorded in Chicago with producer Brian Deck and Steve Albini, its slightly more expansive sound is evident on tracks like the lush "I, Nietzsche" and spiky "Alapathy."

JohnLouisHoward
93
her 2018 debut On Hold was a great record, full of amazing songs and featuring her velvety, whispery vocals. it was singular in its beauty and fragility but almost sonically translucent in its effulgence. her second album and her first on Dead Oceans, Breach provides more depth and much needed contrast, and the result is arrangements that frame her voice much more effectively. the songs are very good but maybe not quite up to the total quality of the debut, but they sound much more substantial. ... read more
N0stalgia
75
Fenne Lily could repeatedly sing to me that I only have 3 days left to live but with those pleasant vocals and the sombre and dreamy production heard all over this album, I would probably still give it a 7.
applechannel
70
Somewhat underwhelming sophomore release from Fenne Lilly. It's missing something, but I love the slightly more upbeat indie rock tracks, great writing. Also sad that To Be A Woman, Part 2 and Hypochondriac didn't make the cut as these are my favourite new releases by her which made me excited for a new album. A consistent and well made LP nonetheless.
leonardo
90
a beautiful and intimate record that delicately touches upon a narrative of loneliness, break-up and a tiny bit of self-sufficiency (starring self-sabotage and everything loathsome from a heavy heart agenda). what glues it all together is the heartbreak collection of songs, which are told sensitively amidst the bruising with its moving indie folk production that targets string instruments to make sentimentalism come alive stronger than ever. the songwriting is beauteous and straightforward as ... read more
laz456
75
Yes, I like. I know a lot of albums in this vein come out every year but once in awhile one really jumps out to me. Fenne Lily gives us a warm, tranquil record that is consistently enjoyable. She isn't trying to reinvent the singer-songwriter wheel, but if you're wanting something folky and endearing I can't imagine you not liking this at least a little bit.
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Track List

  1. To Be a Woman, Pt. 1
  2. Alapathy
  3. Berlin
  4. Elliott
  5. I, Nietzsche
  6. Birthday
  7. Blood Moon
  8. Solipsism
  9. I Used To Hate My Body But Now I Just Hate You
  10. '98
  11. Someone Else's Trees
  12. Laundry and Jet Lag
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Added on: June 23, 2020