Widowspeak - Plum
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
2020 Ratings: #483 / 809
User Score
Based on 86 ratings
2020 Ratings: #253
Liked by 4 people
August 28, 2020 / Release Date
LP / Format
Captured Tracks / Label
Dream Pop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
Loud and Quiet

There’s a rumbling, phantom thread in the strata of Plum that elevates their fifth effort to a vantage point above their previous releases.

80
AllMusic

They seem to become more themselves with each album, and Plum finds them at their most immediate and compelling.

73
Beats Per Minute

Plum is a warm hug of a record. The kind you get from those types of friends you know you don’t need to keep in touch with all that regularly, but when you do it feels as though they’ve never been away and time goes all too quickly.

60
musicOMH

Remaining much in the vein of their past work, Plum does little to rock an established boat.

DareG
73
Warm with dappled light and dark, like sleepwalking through a sunny afternoon

Standout: The Good Ones, Breadwinner, Even True Love, Amy

Dropouts: Y2k
Shearer
83
This album really lives up to its dream pop label. The entire thing feels like it picks your up and throws you gently into a drowsy bed of clouds, but it still retains enough groove to remain interesting. I don't even care that this indie pop sound is super derivative. The songwriting is just too good.

Least Favourite : Jeannie
AltReview
60
This is the 5th album by New York-based indie act, Widowspeak. On previous records, the duo mixed accessible indie rock with dream pop and shoegaze. 2017’s “Expect the Best” saw Widowspeak experiment with some wider soundscapes and colourful climaxes. “Plum” however, goes for a more minimalistic and laid back approach. The songs are light-footed and revolve around one certain groove or melody. Unfortunately, it results in a pretty one-dimensional record. There just ... read more
winitheju
79
Pretty enjoyable
usedtobe
87
The fifth record from vocalist Molly Hamilton and guitarist Robert Earl Thomas subtly evokes teary-eyed folk and laidback shimmer laden with breezy atmosphere, almost gauzy and dream-like. Clearly a culmination of their work from the past, Plum showcases their distinctive sound with dream-pop sensibilities, from its first four singles released in advance, primarily the majestic Breadwinner that evokes rich tapestries of sound and words. Prescient and multi-faceted, this material is a hushed ... read more
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Added on: June 26, 2020