Cate Le Bon - Pompeii
Critic Score
Based on 25 reviews
2022 Ratings: #79 / 798
Year End Rank: #43
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Based on 811 ratings
2022 Ratings: #637
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Albumism

Le Bon comes across as an old soul, not just by virtue of her ability to sit with opposing sentiments and urges on Pompeii, but sonically as well.

100
The Independent

The Welsh artist’s sixth album never fully unleashes that chaos; she restrains it, wrestles with it, and in doing so exacerbates its sense of unease.

90
Loud and Quiet

Pompeii is another assured stride towards creative reinvention and obliterating boundaries with her singular sound.

90
Under The Radar

Compared with Reward, these songs fill up greater volumes, but they still in many ways feel like companion pieces, united by a reverential dedication to the oblique as the direct, the spasm as control, the heart as the mind.

90
Uncut

If 2019's Reward was Le Bon's twisted version of a piano-ballad album,then it's follow-up is her take on the pandemic through the sonic lens of the 80s.

85
Pitchfork
Cate Le Bon’s wondrous sixth album exists in a waking dreamscape whose locked-in grooves approach the unknowable at slanted angles.
84
Paste

On her sixth LP, the Welsh avant rocker uses time-honored, tragic influences to help her make sense of the urgent, unfurling present.

82
Beats Per Minute

Pompeii truly feels like a gesamtkunst rather than a collection of separate songs. The album reaffirms what makes Le Bon’s music such a useful prism to process thoughts and feelings that feel too immense to articulate within traditional means.

80
DIY
It makes for a quiet reinvention in the face of adversity, with Le Bon as stylistically light on her feet as ever.
80
Record Collector
Le Bon has ultimately emerged with a work that, like any rich archaeological site, reveals new facets with each visit.
80
Rolling Stone
With her stentorian yet weirdly lovely voice and ability to make off-kilter art pop seem inviting, Le Bon is one of indie music's more beguilingly brilliant artists, as her sixth LP attests.
80
musicOMH
It will further enhance her reputation as a distinctive, no-frills artist with a unique style, and its thought provoking lyrics will take the listener in unexpected directions.
80
The Irish Times

The nine tracks on Pompeii constitute a pleasingly coherent collection that forms its own sonic universe, confirming not onlythat Cate Le Bon is as good as everyone makes her out to be, but that she’s even better.

80
AllMusic

There's a murkier quality to Pompeii than Le Bon's work usually takes, with layers of '80s synth tones, saxophone, occasional bursts of prickly guitar, and slippery basslines mixed into dense blocks of sound.

80
The Line of Best Fit

Cate Le Bon’s newest, Pompeii, sets out to tackle quite a lot — desire, purpose, and even our place in this world.

80
NME

The Welsh artist's sixth record wields strange imagery in gloomier ways than before, evoking the eerie echo of Bowie’s ‘Station to Station’.

80
Northern Transmissions

Le Bon’s sixth album, Pompeii, is another leap forward in terms of sound development and artistic growth, and quite possibly the most challenging release of her career to date.

80
Gigwise

Welsh chanteuse Cate Le Bon returns with an amalgam of absurdist pop and dissonant instrumentation on her sixth studio album Pompeii.

80
Clash
Le Bon’s latest feels lush and verdant, busied by wandering basslines and unexpected bursts of falsetto.
80
Exclaim!

Armed only with a bass guitar and her wits, she bore the weight of the world on her shoulders, and eventually emerged with the transcendent new experience we have before us, titled Pompeii.

80
The Skinny

Cate Le Bon's latest record Pompeii is an expansive account of her continuing artistic growth.

80
Mojo

Pompeii, Cate Le Bon's follow-up to 2019's Reward, initially suggests the opposite is true: isolation leads to a damping of overt quirks and flourishes and a greyscale wash of synths and introspection.

70
PopMatters

With its multi-layered arrangements and art-rock leanings, Cate Le Bon’s Pompeii is a disorienting record, one wholly appropriate for our time.

70
God Is in the TV
Sure, you’re unlikely to be find the likes of ‘French Boys‘, ‘Cry Me Old Trouble‘ or the title track on a karaoke machine, but they have a hypnotic quality about them, which I find to be one of the most common factors of Le Bon’s work.
60
The Observer

An almost entirely solo affair, the Welsh musician’s sixth album encapsulates feelings of lockdown with a nod to mid-70s Bowie.

stolenpositions
50

Honestly, this album is just very mid. There are a few good ideas displayed throughout this thing but none of them really pay off in the end. I do actually like Cate's approach when it comes to making a psychedelic pop record but I also feel like she could’ve done way more with her concepts. The main problem here for me is that a lot of these songs use pretty much the same sounds and aesthetics which sure helps the album sound very cohesive but it also makes for an extremely exhausting ... read more

daltdisney
55

Truthfully, I find ‘Pompeii’ really boring. I appreciate Cate’s attempts at venturing into left-field, but, while I do see the appeal, none of these songs really snag my attention. Well, with the exception of “Remembering Me” which I think is quite good. That said, I do still admire the record. It’s more noteworthy than ‘Reward,’ for sure.

Louis13
81

My first exposure to Cate Le Bon (thanks to the fantastic cover art) has me excited to hear more from her. This is an ambitious art pop album that's equally psychedelic and accessible. I wasn't surprised to find that Le Bon has toured with St Vincent and Perfume Genius. Likewise, the album also has an 80s feel to it (à la someone like Kate Bush or Talking Heads). That being said, the instrumentation is quirky enough to sound unique even if it gets slightly tiresome by the end.

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titilovespizza
72

Você percebe que Cate Le Bon respira arte, tanto em seus clipes e com extrema preocupação com a produção que leva para uma liberdade de expressão, sendo que seus temas são diversos como amor, desilusão amorosa de um jeito filosófico, além de ter uma melancolia em sua voz muito notável, mas Cate Le Bon brilha aqui mesmo que muitas coisas não me agradam vejo como ela é firme em fazer algo que ela ame.

harbar
84

some of my favourite songs from 2022 on here

JoberthBribies
93

Dirt on the Bed - 8.8
Moderation - 9.4
French Boys - 9.5
Pompeii - 9.7
Harbour - 9.3
Running Away - 9.5
Cry Me Old Trouble - 9.6
Remembering Me - 9.4
Wheel - 9
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likes: 9/9
overall: 93.55
favs: Pompeii & Cry Me Old Trouble
least fav: Dirt on the Bed

Le Bon comes across as an old soul, not just by virtue of her ability to sit with opposing sentiments and urges, but sonically as well!
it never fully unleashes that chaos; she restrains it, wrestles with it, and in doing so exacerbates its ... read more

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Track List

1Dirt on the Bed
4:28
72
2Moderation
4:04
84
3French Boys
5:14
71
4Pompeii
4:35
76
5Harbour
4:08
76
6Running Away
5:43
74
7Cry Me Old Trouble
5:04
70
8Remembering Me
4:34
80
9Wheel
5:28
71
Total Length: 43 minutes
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Added on: October 12, 2021