AOTY 2021

Fun House

Hand Habits - Fun House
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2021 Ratings: #103 / 675
User Score
Based on 79 ratings
2021 Ratings: #399
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
The Skinny

With their explosive and adventurous third LP Fun House, Hand Habits strikes an irresistible balance between sorrow and joy.

90
Northern Transmissions

It hits the highs with exultation and gumption and reaches the lows with empathy and heart.

80
Mojo

Quietly devastating third LP puts in-demand collaborator back in spotlight.

80
Loud and Quiet

Confessional and cathartic at the same time, Fun House raises the bar for an already incredibly talented and interesting singer-songwriter.

80
Under The Radar

Stepping inside Duffy’s Fun House could leave you agape in wonder or bawling your eyes out. It all depends on how you let it hit you.

80
Clash

A luscious record bursting with ideas, technical flourishes and unexpected turns - ‘Fun House’ is Duffy’s greatest achievement yet.

80
PopMatters

Fun House elevates Hand Habits’ indie-folk sound and themes of vulnerability and emotional awareness for a work that’s fluid, self-examining, and experimental.

78
Pitchfork

With stark, introspective lyrics and fuller production, Meg Duffy’s latest is a bold foray into poppier sounds. It feels like a fresh start.

70
AllMusic

Largely due to Duffy's restrained, inward-facing vocals, Fun House is at its best on songs with soft-spoken, atmospheric designs, but the experiments here are far from missteps.

70
Uncut

Duffy's third album ... is their most collaborative but also most pointedly personal, reckoning with loss, queerness and self-actualisation through music that is as adventurous as it is immediate.

SonicDiscovery
77
I’ve read about how Hand Habits (Meg Duffy) is a great guitar player and has served as a touring bandmate for the War on Drugs and Kevin Morby and although I’m still waiting to hear her impress me with her playing, Duffy does come through with a solid third studio album in Fun House. Traces of the War on Drugs sound can be heard on tracks like opener “More Than Love” and “False Start” and also shows comparisons to Angel Olsen, especially on the somber and ... read more
TheCarioca
65
More Than Love - 4/5
Aquamarine - 3/5
Just to Hear You - 4/5
No Difference - 3/5
Graves - 3/5
False Start - 3/5
Clean Air - 3/5
Concrete & Feathers - 4/5
The Answer - 3/5
Gold/Rust - 3/5
Control - 3/5
Bigger World - 3/5
Felix_96
50
5/10

meh

Fav tracks: <none>
kingsolomonf
75
This album took me by surprise. I was expecting sparse, guitar-led songs but found excellent and expansive arrangements. Sasami's production is top-notch, and compliments Meg's writing and voice perfectly. The melodies on this are amble and each listen uncovers more depth to them and to the production. This album is light despite its heavy introspection.
DareG
77
Subtly atmospheric, nostalgic and yearning; Fun House has it's moments but falls into the background a little too easily

Standouts: Concrete & Feathers, More Than Love, Aquamarine, Gold/Rust

Dropouts: none
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Added on: August 3, 2021