Cannot Be, Whatsoever

Novo Amor - Cannot Be, Whatsoever
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Based on 61 ratings
2020 Ratings: #491
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November 6, 2020 / Release Date
LP / Format
All oints / Label
Indie Folk / Genres
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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
Exactly half of this album gives me full body shivers and pretty much sends me to another plane of existence. I better not be doing anything important when I listen to this, because anything I'm doing fully stops as soon as I hear the opening line of 'Opaline', and I don't even begin to zone back in until 'Halloween' ends. I tried to study for an exam while listening to this, and I didn't process anything I read. Not one bit. Had to study it all a second time.

Novo Amor's hypnotizing vocals ... read more
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.
No geral, não há muito a dizer sobre 'Cannot Be, Whatsoever', além de que é um álbum de folk indie realmente agradável. Os falsetes do cantor são sublimes, mas, ao afastar-se deles, deixamos as comparações de lado, e o álbum funciona maravilhosamente bem assim, especialmente no que se diz à escrita, já que é um tipo de álbum conflitante sobre términos, cheio de lamentações, e ... read more
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
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Added on: July 31, 2020