Heterosexuality

Shamir - Heterosexuality
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
2022 Ratings: #109 / 340
User Score
Based on 209 ratings
2022 Ratings: #266
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
DIY
The record bounds between unfaltering self-belief and fundamental pain.
90
Exclaim!
Shamir is economical with this album — not a bar or lyric is wasted, every moment is carefully curated to hit exactly where it needs to. This precision is why the album works so beautifully.
90
PopMatters
Pop renaissance man Shamir channels trauma, rage, and feelings of angst, and in response to our troubled times, he’s released an album of uncommon beauty.
85
Paste
The artist’s eighth studio album is brimming with '90s inspiration, but can't be consigned to any one genre.
80
Loud and Quiet

Titled Heterosexuality, and with tracks bearing names like ‘Gay Agenda’ and ‘Cisgender’, it might be easy to guess the kind of trauma the musician is referring to – but, as is always the case with Shamir, the nuances are multiple and surprising.

80
The Skinny

Shamir's new album Heterosexuality is a record of liberation and rage; a cathartic release following years of volatility and instability.

80
Dork
Affirming, thought-provoking and living with a freedom that enriches as much as it informs, it’s a remarkable record.
80
The Line of Best Fit
Heterosexuality is an interesting title choice for an album for which norm-subverting is wholly within the music; it’d be like Björk titling an album “Disco.”
77
Beats Per Minute

Shamir has delivered arguably his finest album yet, by engaging with his pain and his curiosities about life, and giving us the privilege of bearing witness to it.

75
A.V. Club
His sonic experiments and forthright lyricism recast the anxious, frenzied sounds of his late-2010s albums as stepping stones on a path toward a gradually jelling, beautifully messy sort of acceptance.
75
Under The Radar
Finding strength in the pain of modern queer existence, the 27-year-old crafts an album of considered celebration and defiant indulgence.
70
Crack Magazine

Interspersing slower moments like Father and bossa nova-tinged closer Nuclear amid tracks full of bravado, Heterosexuality is the voice of an artist attempting to integrate his shadows.

70
AllMusic

Heterosexuality acknowledges how complicated just existing can be with the wit, creativity, and unguarded emotions that have been a vital part of Shamir's music since the beginning.

70
Rolling Stone
The polymath indie artist delivers an album about breaking free from traumas and constricting binaries.
65
Pitchfork
Backed by industrial noise, drum machines, and synths, the Philadelphia-based songwriter rages at systems of oppression on a bleak, troubling record of nearly unrelenting hostility.
60
musicOMH

Heterosexuality is in many ways bold, both stylistically and in terms of message, but what goes missing in its weaker moments is akin to the ghost in the machine: that compositional spark which would elevate the record beyond the sum of its parts.

Quet
NR

This album title is DISGUSTING and I fully stand against it.

hfk
71

listen, im not heterophobic, i just dont support the lifestyle. i mean, you can choose to do whatever you want, but our lord and savior cher made love between a man and a man, a woman and a woman, or a nonbinary person with literally anyone. i mean it goes against nature, a man and a woman. but im not heterophobic or anything.

AugustYours
68

The soundscape of this record is really interesting, with the industrial beats and Shamir's softer voice. Cisgender is a killer track, and I wish the rest of the record had as much focus as that song. The record does leave some to be desired afterwards but there are a few highlights here, and I enjoyed the perspective fueling this album conceptually. Overall, nice!

90

Que surpresa incrível! Álbum recheado de letras perfeitas e várias faixas já considero as melhores do ano!

STW
55

Has some cool ideas and I like the lyrical themes on this album but for the most part this album is boring and derivative.

EmiMoment
70

This album starts out very strong but slowly tapers our toward the end as everything gets slower and slower and the instrumentation gets cleaner and cleaner. Despite my minor gripes though, this is my first exposure to Shamir and I've practically fallen in love instantly. His heavenly voice comparable to The Weeknd's early work with his insane production ranging from noisy and blasted out to quiet 90's inspired pop-rock. Shamir's versatility as an artist is impressive, but what's more ... read more

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Track List

1Gay Agenda
2:48
71
2Cisgender
5:05
70
3Abomination
2:43
72
4Stability
3:10
73
5Caught Up
3:23
71
6Father
3:57
70
7Cold Brew
3:48
75
8Marriage
3:21
69
9Reproductive
4:35
72
10Nuclear
4:27
74
Total Length: 37 minutes
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Added on: November 9, 2021