Tirzah - Colourgrade
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
2021 Ratings: #529 / 660
Year End Rank: #44
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Based on 260 ratings
2021 Ratings: #613
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The London songwriter’s mesmerizing second album turns towards porous, avant-garde love songs that celebrate kinship, change, and the wonder of quotidian experience.
It’s a record all about the feeling and the vibe and offers you time and space to really engage and get lost in the little world she creates.
It captures the quiet humdrum of life at its most unreal, blearing domestic love and childrearing and sleep and exhaustion into something suddenly, amazingly unfamiliar.
The Skinny

Taking cues from her early mixtapes, Tirzah's songs on new album Colourgrade function as sketches that build to create a heavy yet rewarding listen.


The sonics are strange and hard to recreate: they are forward thinking but in some ways ageless, a natural fit for Tirzah’s magnetic voice.


An experience rather than a neatly structured set of songs, Colourgrade is a strikingly honest audio portrait of love and creativity. It was a bold choice to make an album that's this much of a grower when attention spans are shrinking rapidly, but like the relationships Mastin and her friends allude to, it's well worth investing the time in Colourgrade.

Tirzah Mastin’s loopy, drowsy, sultry avant- soul lullabies continue to explore the fuzzy dreamspace between experimental sound art and R&B on this sporadically bewitching second album.
Crack Magazine

Thick with meandering thoughts and whispered confessions ... Colourgrade is the morning light: sharp, intentional, with greater clarity in its movements.

The Line of Best Fit

To say the least, Colourgrade can be something of a challenge, and certainly an intentional one. Tirzah seems to wonder just how far we’re willing to follow her into the maw. There’s nothing else quite like this available, yet this doesn’t make it a particularly pleasant listen.


This is a record with a deep commitment to experimentalism.


In its intimacy and indifference, Tirzah presents Colourgrade, an untouchable and realistic documentation of motherhood.

Beats Per Minute

Somehow, Colourgrade has both brought us closer to Mastin and left us feeling like we don’t know her at all.

Northern Transmissions

This album would not be for everyone and I find it harder to lose myself in then her former more well-produced stuff. As an album of songs its lack in production is glaring.


If a devil-may-care attitude is the album’s strength, it also can be a weakness. Songs hit or miss by chance, the product of unmoderated experimentation which can so easily become indulgence.

The Observer

At its unpredictable, eclectic best, Colourgrade creates a quietly wondrous connection that’s tough to shake.

Spectrum Culture

A touch more of Devotion’s pop sensibilities or a stronger commitment to abstract beauty would help, but ultimately what Tirzah needs most is what the ambiguous Colourgrade fails to provide its listeners: a clean slate.

As hypnotizing as it is deeply emotional, this second album Colourgrade is a release in many senses of the word. Tirzah has let herself be carried by the wind by opening the doors of her intimacy and imagination. This equation allows Co-lourgrade to be a breathtaking sonic adventure.

As this week does not oblige us (in a way) to fix most of our attention on very popular artists, it is therefore a pleasure to be able to take advantage of it to take a look at an artist as fascinating as ... read more
One of the worst things I've done this week was listening to this album, with such acclaim and Pitchfork's 'Best New Music' to top it off I expected so much more from this project. It seems that throughout the whole project I heard an attempt to make Björk but without the talent, vocals and charisma. Some production choices were minimally interesting like 'Send Me' and 'Sink In' but overall the project is lifeless, overly ambitious, with no artistic vision and a failed attempt to be ... read more
I simply cannot understand how Pithfork can give this trash album Best New Music but couldn't give Little Simz or Injury Reserve the same???
Tirzah isn't an artist I'm too familiar with at this point. Her debut "Devotion" was somewhat skeletal and underwhelming but still featured some great songwriting and vocals from Tirzah to elevate that. I decided to give this a listen because there weren't many artists I was familiar with who had dropped this week. I wasn't all that interested in the new Lady Gaga jazz album, so I decided to give this album a try since Pitchfork gave this an 8.5.

Tirzah's sophomore LP ... read more
Publications really seem to love what British singer-songwriter Tirzah Mastin and producer Micachu have crafted on Tirzah’s musical output thus far, like her 2018 debut Devotion and her latest Colourgrade, but I’m a bit more lukewarm in my reception. I don’t have an issue with the minimal and hypnotic quality of the music or the more experimental detours it tend to go into, but I’m rather bothered by Tirzah vocal delivery. She has a quite beautiful voice when we really ... read more
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Added on: June 24, 2021