AOTY 2019

Second Love

Emmy the Great - Second Love
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2016 Ratings: #360 / 763
User Score
Based on 19 ratings
March 11, 2016 / Release Date
LP / Format
Bella Union / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
musicOMH

Second Love pays off most of all on those repeated listens – it’s not her most immediate collection of songs, but over time they reveal themselves to be her most rewarding.

80
Drowned in Sound

As well as being a record about new love and unfamiliar places, Emmy the Great's third album Second Love mixes electronica with a knack for cutting, heartbreaking lyrics and acoustic orchestration.

80
NME

Composed while touring, its sparse electronics speak of deserted airports and laptop-lit hotel rooms, of cold connections and unwanted updates. Emma-Lee Moss wasn’t made for the swipe-right age, though – emotion soon flooded in.

80
PopMatters

It wouldn’t be a tremendous stretch to call this one out as her most expansive and interesting record, yet, if not her best.

75
Consequence of Sound

She’s more confident, done explaining herself. Moss’ dense paragraphs have been stripped down to just a few words, and the results are more poetry than prose.

70
Under The Radar

A beautiful and immersive listening experience, Second Love's emotionally warm sounds are a pleasure to sink into.

70
AllMusic

Despite Second Love's more shimmering accompaniment, the centerpiece of each song remains the vocal line and Moss' distinctive, sometimes quaintly awkward placement of syllables and rhythm within melody.

70
Spin

The songs are foundationally solid enough in their swaying rhythms and sublime melodies that they don’t need twists to keep them interesting, but the care Emmy puts into the album’s crevices makes it one of the fullest-sounding and fullest-feeling singer/songwriter LPs of early 2016.

65
The Line of Best Fit

In another step away from her new-folk singer-songwriter roots, Emmy The Great has delivered with a well-considered venture into a wider, colder, dystopian world.

60
No Ripcord

If only she would’ve toned down the unnecessary sensual flourishes to cultivate more of what she does best: amiable, pleasant songs with outwardly simple, yet weighty underlying truths.

winitheju
73
This album is good. Especially the first half of it. A new direction for Emmy but she doesn't disappoint. Favorites are less than three and hyperlink
Sinestroll
89
★★★★★: Swimming Pool • Social Halo
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Track List

  1. Swimming Pool (feat. Tom Fleming)
  2. Less Than Three
  3. Algorithm
  4. Hyperlink
  5. Constantly
  6. Social Halo
  7. Never Go Home
  8. Dance w Me
  9. Phoenixes
  10. Shadowlawns
  11. Part of Me
  12. Lost in You
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