Cannot Be, Whatsoever

Novo Amor - Cannot Be, Whatsoever
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Based on 41 ratings
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November 6, 2020 / Release Date
LP / Format
All oints / Label
Indie Folk / Genres
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nicoperagine
65
It's a little bit underwhelming and while I don't think the effort was maximized, I enjoyed this a bit.

This was a highly anticipated one for me due to loving the first single in the rollout. This dude is known now for being a Bon Iver clone and while I don't think he's found his own sound yet, it's progress. With some great acoustics and percussion, everything sounded like a different variant of itself. Not a whole lot of instrumental variation, some indietronica elements. Being that there ... read more
Donlord
95
Amidst a time of extreme uncertainty and anxiousness, ‘Cannot Be, Whatsoever’ offers an undeniable, life-affirming sense of personal and spiritual clarity. Through immaculate production, impassioned singing and poetic songwriting, this LP is a true gift for me this year, and I’m excited to carry this set of absolute gems into the future.

Novo Amor (real name Ali Lacey) feels like a wonderful secret of mine. His steadily growing career in the indie-folk scene has been ... read more
thomasjward
75
7.5/10
fav tracks: i feel better, decimal, birdcage, halloween, if we're being honest
least fav track: no plans
70
This artist is consistently walking the line between beautiful & peaceful, and sleepy & boring. When he gets it right, it's awesome, when he doesn't, it's skippable. This album is packed with a bunch of both these two states. Serene bangers like Opaline and Keep Me are highlights, but a lot of the tracks just lose my attention. Wouldn't shock me if he put out a really great album in the future though, the potential is plain to hear.

Best Tracks: Opaline, Keep Me, Halloween, ... read more
henrycoke
78
Novo Amor's "Cannot Be, Whatsoever" is an improvement from his disappointing debut album "Birthplace". He develops his style yet becomes somewhat blander. Novo Amor is definitely growing closer to hitting the nail on the head.
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Track List

  1. Opaline
  2. I Feel Better
  3. Decimal
  4. No Plans
  5. Birdcage
  6. Keep Me
  7. Halloween
  8. Statue Of A Woman
  9. If We're Being Honest
  10. Guestbook
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Added on: July 31, 2020