Put Your Back N 2 It

Perfume Genius - Put Your Back N 2 It
Critic Score
Based on 25 reviews
2012 Ratings: #78 / 956
User Score
Based on 278 ratings
2012 Ratings: #17
February 21, 2012 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
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.

90
musicOMH

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.

90
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.
89
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.

84
Pitchfork

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

80
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.

80
NME
Still a tortured soul, but he's feeling his way towards salvation.
80
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.

80
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.

80
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.

80
AllMusic

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.

80
PopMatters

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

75
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.

70
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.

60
Spin

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.

tha138
78
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.
unknownpleasure
71
Wow, vulnerable lyrics and delicate vocals equals a really beautiful album.
Siamak
81
A pure & honest work of art. nice vocal and high-level lyrics too. There's something for everyone on this.
blinkAndMissit
90
Gorgeous! Gorgeous! Gorgeous!
holsgr
88
( ☆☆☆☆½ ) gorgeous work of art
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Track List

  1. AWOL Marine 
  2. Normal Song 
  3. No Tear 
  4. 17 
  5. Take Me Home 
  6. Dirge 
  7. Dark Parts 
  8. All Waters 
  9. Hood 
  10. Put Your Back N 2 It 
  11. Floating Spit 
  12. Sister Song
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