HEART ON MY SLEEVE

Ella Mai - HEART ON MY SLEEVE
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
2022 Ratings: #240 / 405
User Score
Based on 83 ratings
2022 Ratings: #271
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
The Telegraph

Pacier than her self-titled 2018 debut, the new album is still too long. But lengthiness suits R&B’s slow-burn tendencies: lingering over syllables and songs, letting new albums simmer. It’s a welcome contrast to the hyper-fast capsule pop format dominating the charts.

80
The Observer

The happy 90s nostalgia of the British singer-songwriter’s debut yields to the tricksy rhythms and odd magic of her follow-up.

80
The Young Folks

Just in time for the summer season, Ella Mai’s Heart On My Sleeve delivers excellent R&B anthems for those recovering from heartbreak and the hopeless romantics alike.

80
Clash

Admittedly the aural range she executes on the project isn’t massive but it does prove to make a cohesive second album and what she does present shows an incredibly polished sound that doesn’t disappoint after such a monumental first album.

73
Pitchfork
With lush instrumentation and some welcome guest appearances, the follow-up to the UK singer’s breakout debut highlights her sumptuous voice and attention to detail.
72
HipHopDX

Even though some out of character skips are added to Ella Mai’s discography, the album pulls off a rare feat by squeezing opposite ends of the emotional spectrum into one project with equal intensity.

60
AllMusic
All upticks are welcome -- the one with an incongruous Kirk Franklin appearance included -- but slow and low is undeniably the singer's forte.
BaddieBaphomet
60

NO NUANCE REVIEW

Ella Mai must have capture lightning in a bottle with “Boo’d Up” because nothing else she’s released has come close to be as incredible as that song. I feel like I’m still waiting for Ella to finally arrive, and it’s been four years since her debut. These are perfectly fine songs, but almost all of them I would consider filler on anyone else’s album.

Case
75

While “Heart On My Sleeve” isn’t anything unique or groundbreaking, it’s still just a really well executed R&B album with some great vocal performances and highlights.

I’ve always seen talent and potential in Ella Mai, but her music never really impressed me and was pretty generic. However, I really enjoyed the singles for this album, as I either really liked or loved all three of them. Because of that, I decided I would check out this album when it came out. ... read more

justchilling21
70

This stuff is good. Best song is Not Another Love Song.

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Added on: March 28, 2022