Long Way Home

Låpsley - Long Way Home
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Based on 17 reviews
2016 Ratings: #307 / 775
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Based on 114 ratings
2016 Ratings: #469
March 4, 2016 / Release Date
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Entertainment Weekly

The British songwriter marries dark, club-kid influences from her nights spent at Liverpool venues with crunching heartache on 12 lush songs that morph and twist her voice into various iterations.

The Skinny

Though she’s on the edge of slipping into Adele-esque poperatics, this is a bold and confident first LP from a producer – and singer – with great potential.


Låpsley has expressed a fondness for writing sad songs, and while there's a pervasive melancholy to Long Way Home, it remains both accessible and sonically explorative throughout.


Her songs still carry the post-midnight isolation, but make no mistake - she’s writing straight-up anthems that could fly in any environment.

The Line of Best Fit

She has finally delivered what all those early tracks promised; a bedroom record conceived in the club that drags confessional pop music further into the future.

NOW Magazine

She astutely avoids the obligatory peaks and valleys that many debuts haphazardly throw in to milk emotion, revelling in moody atmosphere.


At 47 minutes, ‘Long Way Home’ may seem lengthy for a debut, but it feels cohesive without boxing Låpsley into a limited sound. With ’80s-style drum fills, epic choruses and up-tempo disco coexisting so comfortably, album two already feels like a tantalising prospect.

Consequence of Sound

Exploring is a good word for a lot of what Låpsley does across these 12 tracks, and her most fascinating discoveries come when she pairs organic sounds with the aggressively synthetic soundscapes normally associated with electronic music.


If not a break-up album, a dreading-breaking-up album whose pace, palette, minor chords, and Låpsley's disquieted vocal performances all collaborate for a debut that's impressively locked into a distinct head space.


There’s some real heart on display here, for sure, especially on the atmospheric likes of Painter or the beautiful torch ballad Tell Me The Truth.


In refusing to let the music industry’s ignorance affect her work, Låpsley proves her point: women can do this damn well on their own, when they’re given the chance. Long Way Home is a resounding success and hopefully the start of a very promising career.


She’s created an unimpeachably well-crafted debut—something to gaze at, even if it is just a sequence of gazes itself.


In other instances her voice dissolves into an overabundance of negative space, and listening to the less-inspired sections of Long Way Home can feel like trying to remember something boring that happened to you once.

The Guardian

The familiar post-dubstep hallmarks – minor-key piano, handclaps, pitched-down vocal samples – tastefully cradle her superb, if slightly affected, Adele-sounding voice as it delivers her girl-alone-in-the-world bedroom songs.

It's not the greatest pop album of the year, but it has enough elements to attract fans and casual listeners. I went thinking that this would be very alternative and I did found that, but this also has a potential commercial sound which I didn't dislike at all. Låpsley voice is really beautiful, to me, it's what carries for most part of the record, even though, she tends to use a low-pitch effect that conflicts the atmosphere she builts through the song. Overall, I think it was a pretty ... read more
She's 19 years old, she has the right voice and she made the right choice by entering the elliptical, post-dubstep room of the pop factory.
What she really needs is to broaden her experiences, saving her effort and her time.
( ☆☆ ) — uninspiringly tolerable
Lapsley has put her heart and soul into her stunning debut craft Long Way Home. Every song in this album is worth chilling and lounging, even grooving in the motown/disco-inspired Operator. It doesn't have the cliche lyrics that are usually common in contemporary R&B. This is alternative R&B at its finest.
Lapsley's debut is beautiful, soulful and explosive. Pop, alternative rnb and eletronica makes this a really great welcome for her.

Favs: Hurt Me, Falling Short, Cliff, Station and Love Is Blind.
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Added on: January 19, 2016