Put Your Back N 2 It

Perfume Genius - Put Your Back N 2 It
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Based on 27 reviews
2012 Ratings: #70 / 1070
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Based on 412 ratings
2012 Ratings: #20
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The Line of Best Fit

Put Your Back N 2 It, utterly ludicrous title and all, is one of the most wonderful records in recent memory.


With an overall feel that suggests an ever-growing sense of confidence and belief in his compositions, it presents an intriguing picture of where he may go in future.

The Needle Drop
With loads of beautiful sounds and intensely sad emotions, the new Perfume Genius record brings together an assembly of powerful, yet short, songs.
Beats Per Minute

While there are utterly heartbreaking moments throughout, they are usually balanced with enough optimism and hope to make every tear a little easier to swallow.


Mike Hadreas' work is not only satisfying on a purely musical level, it also feels of-the-moment and above all necessary

The 405

It's not that the album lacks any sort of immediacy, it will be loved from the first listen given the right context, but instead that most of what it has to offer is its emotion.

Still a tortured soul, but he's feeling his way towards salvation.
Drowned in Sound

These compositions, from Hadreas' distinctive, fragile vocal through to the orchestration behind the compositions themselves represents a significant progression from the bolt-from-the-blue that was Learning.

Consequence of Sound

Hadreas, now with unfettered access to a studio, makes the best of his surroundings to bolster his raw emotions with affecting arrangements that have so much gravity that you can’t help but drift into his orbit.

No Ripcord

Put Your Back N 2 It is essentially a conversation between a man and his piano, and letting us intrude into his deeply personal thoughts is his cunning way of seeking validation.


Put Your Back N 2 It shows how much Hadreas learned from Learning: it's more confident but still subversive, like the work of someone who's come through troubles stronger and can comfort others.


Put Your Back captures that universal feeling love songs tap into, only to expand the scope of what and whose experiences are accounted for.

A.V. Club

It’s a shame he doesn’t experiment more with a fuller sound, however, because much of Put Your Back N 2 It’s bleak mood feels calculated rather than organic.

Under The Radar

Put Your Back N 2 It is lush and warm, wrapping just enough instrumentation around Hadreas and his piano to add accent and/or to drive home the lyrics' suggested pros or consequences.


Put Your Back N 2 It has the stereotypical pluses and minuses of a second album: an increased command of symphonics and mixing board tricks that dress up melodically crimped songs once again beholden to the verities of confessional rock. It assaults the listener with its not-long-for-this-worldness.

Along with better recording equipment, Mike Hadreas ups the ante in terms of both the beautifully sad production and his songwriting capabilities. These are some truly heartbreaking and honest stories and song topics, ranging from mental health and abuse to sexuality. I read that he had a terribly non-accepting environment that was being hostile towards him for being gay during his younger years, so singing, in his beautifully delicate voice, about the pain he felt at that time must've taken A ... read more
In case you hadn't noticed, many of my favorite albums come from a place of pain. However, few records I've heard contain the tragic horrors that Mike Hadreas sings of in his music. The stories behind these songs are nausea-inducing in their darkness as Hadreas grapples with his sexuality, depression, and a history of abuse within his family. From what I can tell, Perfume Genius acts as a shelter for him, a way to exercise unspeakable demons that have haunted him for longer than anyone should ... read more
It takes real courage to record with such a painful and fragile delicacy and Mike Hadreas made a step forward and placed a melodic bouquet of flowers right in his heart to make our days more beautiful.
Such a beautiful collection of songs. The songs are short, but packed with emotional punch, and subtle instrumentation which combine and build on each other to create this intensely sad experience.
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Added on: December 5, 2011