Are You Alone?

Majical Cloudz - Are You Alone?
Critic Score
Based on 20 reviews
2015 Ratings: #145 / 836
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Based on 147 ratings
2015 Ratings: #148
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October 16, 2015 / Release Date
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Ambient Pop / Genres
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The 405
While many will still dismiss them for being unexciting, there will be many people out there that forge a strong connection with their music; people who need this album to make them feel comfort, to make them feel companionship, to help them accept themselves and, ultimately, to make them feel less alone.

On Are You Alone?, Majical Cloudz pick up where the exceptionally beautiful Impersonator left off two years prior, and issue more sparse arrangements of hypnotic, minor-key electronics under plaintive cries and intimate observations, like a subdued, post-apocalyptic offspring of the Blue Nile.

Consequence of Sound

With Are You Alone?, Devon Welsh and Majical Cloudz find a way to exist within that gray, to thrive in it, to acknowledge the mortality and the chaos and the gray, and reach out a hand.

In their own quiet way, these are confrontational songs; not in the sense that they’re classically aggressive, but because they’re so probing and straightforward.
The Line of Best Fit
With a slight expansion in sound, but yet with the core DNA of their sonic aesthetic intact, they present a musical novella of love and loneliness that aims (tastefully) for the heart and the big time.

The band ... seem to have figured out how to broaden their sound while softening it at the same time, all without losing the detonating high that made Impersonator so remarkable.

Drowned in Sound
If you're not interested in music that makes you feel reflective then perhaps steer clear, otherwise this is a stark, brutally honest exploration of the human psyche that is indeed special.
Under The Radar

Are You Alone? extends some of the same sounds of Magical Cloudz's debut album, Impersonator, but the music seems stretched and more expansive.


Are You Alone? is warm and inviting, the moment where a band sound less like they're performing intimacy, honesty and sincerity than they are, simply, being intimate, honest and sincere.

The Guardian
The overall effect is of a bow-tied cabaret crooner singing to no one: awkwardly intense but, if you steal a glance, completely beguiling.
By stripping back the band’s sound even further than ‘Impersonator’ showed, Devon Welsh has opened himself up to a point where everything he is and has been is given to ‘Are You Alone?’, resulting in a listen that encourages looking inwards and coming to the kind of realisations Welsh himself has poured into the album, a record it’s impossible not to be swept up by.
No Ripcord

Never does it wallow or feel desperate, and instead takes a soulful, Michael Hutchence-like approach of tugging at the heartstrings with passionate, swooning sincerity.

NOW Magazine

A record of gutsy, bare-bones, emotionally charged synth hymns.

Rolling Stone
His ability to pack the simplest sentiments with layers of uncertainty makes him a pop act worth rooting for.
It’s evocative and vivid, recalling early Red House Painters, or even The Blue Nile.
Pretty Much Amazing

The album is ultimately almost too polished, too clean for all of the messy emotions hiding underneath. There are so many moments when the music seems on the verge of exploding, but never does, and that’s ultimately to the album’s detriment.

The Skinny

While Are You Alone? doesn't show a great deal of additional range in his wheelhouse, though wingman Matthew Otto takes a defter touch in its production. Hell, it's even uplifting in parts.

The last would always be the best, and this record, regarded as their swan song is a stark, lyrically rich ode to love and its ruminations. Sparse yet emotionally rich, this would delight art pop fans for its themes and cohesive flow. Downtown was such a great song to fell in love with.
The music that Majical Cloudz makes is textbook definition of a grower for me. Fantastic, moody, ambient, hypnotic vibes.

<3 Change, Control, Call On Me, Downtown
Still would recommend it, but I think Welsh focuses more on a softer approach to his vocals. The result is a more ethereal album, but what I really appreciated from the first was the power in his singing, in contrast to the minimal ambient music. This was just a little too much ambience and softness to be as good as the Impersonator for me. Still really good, though.

Favorite tracks: Heavy, Silver Car Crash, Game Show, Call on Me

Least Favorite: Are You Alone? (the use of Radiohead's Motion ... read more
Picks: Silver Car Crash / Downtown / If You're Lonely / Call on Me
People may dismiss this because it is too simple, but the appeal is mostly in the intimate connection the singer may provide in his lyrics and voice. It's an album is very straightforward but often beautiful in its approach.
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Track List

  1. Disappeared
  2. Control
  3. Are You Alone?
  4. So Blue
  5. Heavy
  6. Silver Car Crash
  7. Change
  8. If You're Lonely
  9. Downtown
  10. Easier Said Than Done
  11. Game Show
  12. Call On Me
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Added on: August 12, 2015