Homecoming

Du Blonde - Homecoming
Critic Score
Based on 15 reviews
2021 Ratings: #111 / 332
User Score
Based on 53 ratings
2021 Ratings: #273
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April 2, 2021 / Release Date
LP / Format
Daemon T.V / Label
Indie Rock / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Loud and Quiet

Short, addictive tracks betray the talented creative mind to be appreciated, supplemented with impressive collaborations that show this album was many things in the making, including a passion project and what seems like a great deal of fun to make.

90
Gigwise

Everything about this album, from first burp to last pluck is an absolute treat.

80
musicOMH

While Homecoming could hardly be described as a massively commercial record, it’s certainly Du Blonde’s most accessible album to date, and the short running time means that it never outstays its welcome.

80
AllMusic

While Homecoming is missing some of the eccentricity and intimacy that made Lung Bread for Daddy so powerful, its frankness and playfulness proves Du Blonde can give her music a pop makeover without losing what makes it real.

80
The Observer

The whole album conjures the catchiest moments of 90s Boston indie rock – Pixies, Belly, the Breeders.

80
NME

‘Lung Bread For Daddy’ was an often dark meditation on the ageing process, but here Du Blonde has thrown off the fear and self-loathing to enjoy the ride.

80
The Forty-Five
The record’s DIY personality belies its precisely crafted lines, a killer combination of devil-may-care attitude and thoughtful lyricism.
80
Under The Radar
It’s a hugely uplifting celebratory album with whip-smart lyrics allied to some genuinely exuberant scuzzy garage wig-outs.
80
Spectrum Culture

The most consistent and cohesive album she’s released since her debut, Homecoming is the sound of an artist finally feeling comfortable with her awkwardness.

80
Record Collector
Houghton takes ownership of her despair, defiance and dirty laundry with bracing honesty and melodic clout.
70
Uncut

Beth Jeans Houghton's third album as Du Blonde is a slice of life in all its messy, complicated and ultimately doomed glory.

70
The Line of Best Fit

Representing another shift in direction, this time opting for poppier hooks and a dialling down of the angst, it documents Du Blonde’s ongoing attempt to try and better understand the world she inhabits.

70
DIY

What the streamlined sound of ‘Homecoming’ lacks in broad musical scope, it more than makes up for in attitude.

70
Crack Magazine
With this record Du Blonde cements herself an emblem for outsiders and weirdos to dance to their own tune – and it sounds majestic.
60
Mojo

Homecoming’s guests include Andy Bell, Ezra Furman and Shirley Manson. Adding little, they seem rather superfluous (as does learning the album was written on a guitar given to Houghton by Curb Your Enthusiasm actor Jeff Garlin).

their_nickname
55
First things first here. It's driving me insane. The song Medicated rips off The Pixies so hard it hurts. It literally snatches from multiple songs. With that out of the way, the rest of this is perfectly fine fuzzy indie rock music delivered in bite size chunks as rarely do these stick around for longer than 3 minutes. I enjoyed the Ezra Furman feature quite a bit and there are a few scattershot highlights here but...this has been done before and not only been done better but waaaay better. ... read more
ArthurPerry
70
Esse álbum soa muito comum, não é ruim, mas não é nada surpreendente
Tsareena
73
Really enjoyed her last record and this is pretty good as well. Definitely a more accessible sound for her but still such an interesting voice and great writing
Faves: Medicated, I'm Glad That We Broke Up, All The Way
ThomYorke2
85
★★★★1/2
wow great group of accessible songs, coming after Lung Bread for Daddy this is incredibly to-the-point on every track
CheapandLethal
70
Worth a listen
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Track List

  1. Pull the Plug
  2. Smoking Me Out
  3. I Can't Help You There (feat. The Farting Suffragettes)
  4. Ducky Daffy
  5. Medicated (feat. Shirley Manson)
  6. I'm Glad That We Broke Up (feat. Ezra Furman)
  7. All the Way (feat. Andy Bell)
  8. Undertaker
  9. Take One For the Team
  10. Take Me Away
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Added on: February 3, 2021