AOTY 2020

Don't Shy Away

Loma - Don't Shy Away
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
2020 Ratings: #199 / 769
User Score
Based on 51 ratings
2020 Ratings: #84
Liked by 6 people
October 23, 2020 / Release Date
LP / Format
Sub Pop / Label
Art Pop, Ambient Pop / Genres
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MasterCrackfox
83
Some weeks are exceptionally packed affairs in music and make it difficult to give due diligence to each big-name release in a timely manner. For some in the moment it may feel like a competition of which album can succeed more on that day, but history never remembers these moments. No one who grew up in the 90's likely remembers a day when Soundgarden released Superunknown on the same day Nine Inch Nails released The Downward Spiral. It seems inconsequential that David Bowie released his debut ... read more
JustSomeGuy
80
2020 Catch-up #5

An album that seems to have gone under the radar for most people, which I really don't understand why. Well, I guess I do, with so many big releases this year, some albums deserving of endless praise and a spot amongst even the most popular records of the year are ultimately going to be left behind and unnoticed by most. But listening to Loma's new album after hearing some of what has been heralded as "the best of the year", it really makes me wonder how many other ... read more
Doofy
72
Yay, Jonathan Meiburg has gone even more 'Laughing Stock' Talk Talk'y here, just with some added new age instrumentation to make everything that bit more blissful.

Less overtly 'songful' than the debut...but better than the debut all the same.
64
Loma, Jonathan Meiburg’s current project with Emily Cross, explores the abstract outer edges of ambient art pop on their sophomore release “Don’t Shy Away.” This is an unusually impressionistic release for a major indie like Sub Pop, focusing on precise electronic production and naturalistic imagery in lieu of conventional song structures or concrete lyrical narratives. As a result, “Don’t Shy Away” is an intricate album that can be quite evocative with ... read more
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Year End Lists

#15/NBHAP

Track List

  1. I Fix My Gaze
  2. Ocotillo
  3. Half Silences
  4. Elliptical Days
  5. Given A Sign
  6. Thorn
  7. Breaking Waves Like A Stone
  8. Blue Rainbow
  9. Jenny
  10. Don't Shy Away
  11. Homing
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Added on: July 29, 2020