Reflection

Loraine James - Reflection
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2021 Ratings: #39 / 529
User Score
Based on 136 ratings
2021 Ratings: #474
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
PopMatters

North London producer Loraine James finds romance and hope on her extraordinary album, Reflection. It’s a work of seductive, heartfelt brilliance by an artist at the peak of her powers.

100
Mojo
An endlessly inventive album, it sets a noteworthy template for modern British electronic music. It’s a succession of counterpoints.
82
Beats Per Minute

On Reflection, we truly see the breadth of her resourcefulness as an artist: both as translator and purveyor of gut feeling. The elemental building blocks are all you need to shape something completely new.

80
Uncut
It’s an album that’s constantly shifting, almost restless at times, yet it also remains poised and coherent.
80
Crack Magazine

Reflection feels like a culmination of all these projects; it’s an open-hearted work by an artist that has undoubtedly levelled up.

80
FLOOD Magazine

By the end of Reflection, we’re thoroughly dazzled by an unapologetic and sometimes dizzying inner space—defined not only by infused electronic sounds, but also by James’ unwavering willingness to clash, jitter, and play—turning her impulses into music that catches you in its trance.

79
Pitchfork
The London producer’s third album tests the boundaries of dance music not just for the sake of experimentalism, but as an expression of vulnerability and a vehicle for self-knowledge.
70
Loud and Quiet

While guilty of occasionally fading toward the background, the record rewards repeat listens. Its cohesiveness becomes unmistakably clear, and the subtle nuances of the production reminds us yet again that James is one of the more inventive producers in the UK right now.

70
AllMusic

Reflection doesn't quite have the shock of the new that For You and I did, but its best moments are still powerful, and it would be impossible to mistake the album for anyone else's perspective.

Orlkont
85
I was already vibing real good but then I just noticed that Baths is featured. I COMPLETELY LOST MY SHIT. I need new music from him right now that even a feature makes me so goddamn excited. He and Loraine did such a great job building a symbiotic relationship with both of their sounds.
SonicDiscovery
81
Reflection, the sophomore album from UK electronic producer Loraine James is a fantastic listen to get completely lost in. Not only does she create highly vibrant and engaging beats that twist, turn and wobble you down to your soul, these tracks also have the ability to carry along an array of vocalist and make it all work. For those looking for a more obscure IDM route, tracks like “Let's Go”, “Self Doubt (Leaving the Club Early)”, “Reflection” and ... read more
emomu
40
Reflection sees Loraine James bringing a lot of ambitious ideas to the table, but it's sadly dampened by its lack of focus or direction. There were a bunch of tracks that were pretty underwhelming or unadventurous (especially within the second half), and some of the features weren't really doing this record much favors. There is definitely some potential in this record, and hopefully Loraine will find her own sound and style, but this is pretty rough and inconsistent for a debut.

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TheCarioca
67
Built to Last (feat. Xzavier Stone) - 3/5
Let's Go - 3/5
Simple Stuff - 3/5
Black Ting (feat. Le3 bLACK) - 3/5
Insecure Behaviour and Fuckery (feat Nova) - 3/5
Self Doubt (Leaving the Club Early) - 4/5
On the Lake Outside (feat. Baths) - 3/5
Reflection - 3/5
Change - 3/5
Running Like That (feat. Eden Samara) - 4/5
We're Building Something New (feat. Iceboy Violet) - 5/5 ❤
TruLad69
80
This very much bangs. It’s much more skeletal and colder sounding than ‘For You And I’, but also lyrically feels more introspective and warm. It’s an intriguing mix and makes for a really enjoyable record that rewards repeat listens.

Fav Track: Running Like That
Least Fav Track: Let’s Go
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Track List

  1. Built to Last (feat. Xzavier Stone)
  2. Let's Go
  3. Simple Stuff
  4. Black Ting (feat. Le3 bLACK)
  5. Insecure Behaviour and Fuckery (feat Nova)
  6. Self Doubt (Leaving the Club Early)
  7. On the Lake Outside (feat. Baths)
  8. Reflection
  9. Change
  10. Running Like That (feat. Eden Samara)
  11. We're Building Something New (feat. Iceboy Violet)
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Added on: March 10, 2021