Hotel Surrender

Chet Faker - Hotel Surrender
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2021 Ratings: #501 / 528
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Based on 80 ratings
2021 Ratings: #547
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July 16, 2021 / Release Date
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The Arts Desk

This is music that floats rather than asserts itself, reflecting something essential about an artist who has struggled with introversion and stage fright, and yet wears a tender heart on his sleeve.


It comes from a place of heartfelt truth, and reinvents itself throughout to suit.


Proof that you can't keep a good man down, Hotel Surrender is a testament to Murphy's skills as an artist and his attitude as a person.


That mellow pop that saw him become beloved to many on earlier releases still makes an appearance, yet the moody, lounge-jazz influences permeate ‘Hotel Surrender’ more than ever. It’s a dizzying combination.

Rolling Stone

Australian singer-producer Nick Murphy stretches further into his trademark laid-back R&B on his first LP in seven years, especially on light summer jam "Feel Good."

The Sydney Morning Herald

While nothing is new, Hotel Surrender at least feels authentic, marking his newfound acceptance of his former self.


After a five-year hiatus, Aussie indie-popper Nick Murphy reactivates the alias of Chet Faker that made him famous. The results on Hotel Surrender are chill.


The problems come when the songcraft becomes a bit too eccentric for its own good, resulting in self-indulgence and unforced errors that ruin perfectly good song ideas.

The Observer

It’s all very tasteful but ultimately a little unexciting. As returns go, it’s an underwhelming one.

For all the love I always saw for his music, I personally never really got the hype for Chet Faker. When he made his first big impression with 2014’s Built On Glass, I found that his music barely did anything for me outside of a couple of good singles. His chilled jazz-pop was very minimal and left me with very little to latch on to. A few years afterwards, he’d revert to releasing music under his real name, Nick Murphy. With this move, his music gathered a lot less attention but ... read more
Clearly too pop oriented for a Nick Murphy album, but not quite worthy of a Chet Faker release either.
I’m a sucker for this vibe; Built on Glass was a really beautiful emotive album, and this is… well it’s in the same vicinity.

This doesn’t quite have the same killer feel for me though. Where Glass grabbed you and danced with you, this album drifts into the background for all but a couple of tracks (Low and Feel Good are both outstanding). There’s nothing wrong with that, I just hope it’s deliberate and purposeful rather than a sign that Chet / Nick is not ... read more
Hotel Surrender

Chet Faker traz em seu novo trabalho um pop mid-tempo em clima de verão com vocais calmos e de um beleza inigualável porém nem tudo são flores, o álbum tem uma mixagem incrível porém peca na duração que excede em várias músicas e acaba sendo cansativo por ser repetitivo em “Get High”, “In Too Far”, “It’s Not You, mas a sonoridade como dito é minimalista e ... read more
Depois de sete longos anos, em outubro de 2020, Nicky Murphy retoma seu projeto “Chet Faker” apresentando mais uma de suas canetadas certeiras ao trazer ao mundo “Hotel Surrender” em julho desse ano.

O álbum que possui 10 faixas, entre elas “Low”, “Get Hight”, “Whatever Tomorrow” e “Feel Good” que já haviam sido lançadas como singles promocionais anteriormente, nos permite compreender o lado ... read more
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Added on: April 16, 2021