Jack Garratt - Phase
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2016 Ratings: #641 / 758
User Score
Based on 55 ratings
2016 Ratings: #463
February 19, 2016 / Release Date
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Island / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
AllMusic

Phase is an exciting debut from a fresh talent, a case where the artistic outcome can stand on its own merit.

80
Exclaim!

Phase is a strong start to Garratt's career. He gives listeners a raw, direct experience that pushes them to reflect and embrace the beat at the same time.

67
Entertainment Weekly

You could argue that Garratt applied unnecessary polish over what might be a prettier patina, but he deserves props for mapping out his own terrain, accessibility be damned.

60
Clash

While one half of ‘Phase’ sounds complete and polished, the other sounds unfinished, and unsteady. But the songwriting quality of the better cuts and the raw talent that underpins their delivery brings a fire to the record.

60
musicOMH

There is also enough promise on Phase to suggest that once he has fine-tuned his sound, Garratt can go on to produce a record worthy of the expectation that surrounds him.

60
The Guardian

Sometimes it just gets on your nerves, usually when the gulf between Garratt’s resolutely mainstream songwriting and what’s going on in the background proves too wide to bridge: the sound feels grafted-on and uncomfortable, the sense of someone trying a bit too hard is difficult to escape.

60
DIY

There’s no doubt that the record’s production is second to none and Garratt’s talent is as obvious as an Uber driver’s Sat Nav, but his USP is somewhat dimmed by hours and hours of carefully chosen layers, vocals and everything else in between.

60
NME

A showcase of solid songwriting and slick production.

56
Pitchfork

Marketing aside, Phase doesn't sound unpleasant, just generic.

50
No Ripcord

The potential is there for this to be very good, but the fact that it’s so comprehensively safeguarded limits it hugely.

65
This album frustrates me, because when Jack Garratt is good, he's *good*. I supposed that I'm just disappointed that half of this album doesn't quite reach the high bar he set for himself with 'The Love You're Given', 'Weathered', and 'Worry'.
50
Original Review Here: http://tuk20.com/2016/03/25/album-review-jack-garratt-phase/

Here are my thoughts on Jack Garratt's eclectic new album, "Phase":

Jack Garratt has been touted as Britain's big "IT" artist for 2016, and "Phase" was supposed to be Jack's big coming out party. This thing has seen so much hype, so much in fact that it's been sadly overhyped. I can however not stress this is enough, Jack is an immensely talented artist. His live performances are ... read more
rysmart01
65
A very creative piece of work. Love some of his songs, but the album as a whole bit messy
el_persona
79
Not as new as it may seem, but the commercial twist of Phase is satisfactory as meritorious.
MarkCooper
55
A watered- down James Blake with a lot more radio-friendly production. Casual listeners will think this is very different, which will work to Garratt's advantage. I'm sure I'll hear his name quite frequently after this album settles in, it's candy for radio pop audiences.
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END OF YEAR LISTS

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Track List

  1. Coalesce (Synesthesia, Pt. II)
  2. Breathe Life
  3. Far Cry
  4. Weathered
  5. Worry
  6. The Love You're Given
  7. I Know All What I Do
  8. Surprise Yourself
  9. Chemical
  10. Fire
  11. Synesthesia, Pt. III
  12. My House Is Your Home
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