Jessy Lanza - Oh No
Critic Score
Based on 27 reviews
2016 Ratings: #109 / 916
Year End Rank: #34
User Score
Based on 204 ratings
2016 Ratings: #141
Liked by 2 people
May 13, 2016 / Release Date
LP / Format
Hyperdub / Label
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On Oh No, Jessy Lanza reveals a range of new emotions, influences and styles, further establishing a distinctive sound that blurs the lines even more between pop and club music.

She and Greenspan refract techno-pop in their own way while binding additional forms of electronic post-disco that cross four decades, from boogie to juke.

Where a sense of shyness helped make Pull My Hair Back so charming, Lanza’s increased confidence provides so much more color on Oh No.

Loud and Quiet
Where ‘Pull My Hair Back’’s seductive lullabies were occasionally so diaphanous as to almost disappear, the increased tempo here adds a welcome heft to Lanza’s slinky songs, leaving a record of confident statements in comparison to its predecessor’s whispers.
Tiny Mix Tapes

Wrapped in a overwhelming number of influences, Oh No vaults across an infinity of cultural milieus to find itself. Soft and sensual, alone in a room of millions, Lanza weaves past and present, dance and desire as one in a dizzying, strenuous aesthletic attempt at its future.

Seemingly existing on a higher plane, this feels like upended R&B beamed down from outer space, encapsulating everything from the smoothness of Sade to the edginess of Aaliyah.
The Guardian
There could be a bona fide pop star in Jessy Lanza yet.

Driven by crispy drum machines and shimmering synths, Lanza’s second full-length Hyperdub offering is instantly more direct and relatable than its predecessor; cloudy reverb is replaced by sheeny production.

NOW Magazine

Thematically the songs stick to the familiar pop terrain of love – the least adventurous thing about them – but Oh No nonetheless makes a convincing case for broadening the term "pop star" beyond the glamazons.


Oh No aims for pop and hits it squarely. This might not be usual top-40 fodder, but any song will seamlessly fit into the rotation of music whose primary aim is to be as appealing as possible.


Oh No is a gorgeous and deadly pop music manifesto that proves yet again the sad girls are not vulnerable and silent subjects.

Resident Advisor

Oh No is an inventive and enjoyable pop record that only falls short of Lanza's own standards.

Pretty Much Amazing

While Oh No may have sparse songs, there are rarely moments of silence or extended low energy moments.

The Line of Best Fit

Lanza's second album is brief, bright and sophisticated, and while it doesn't push any boundaries or cross borders/genres as much or as often as a fan might hope, it does deliver on the sonic and melodic promise of her debut and offer that chance of a wider audience that has been promised since her first appearance.


It may be true that Oh No doesn’t quite match the mystery or depth of her debut – it’s all very transparent and above the surface in comparison – but it offers enough proof that the overt, more soulful qualities demonstrated on this album should serve her well for some time yet.

Consequence of Sound

While it’s tempting to peg this as a breakthrough, it feels and sounds more like an expertly crafted transitional album. Oh No acts as a refinement of Lanza’s previous sound while gently nudging pop as a whole into a more complex and subtle future.

‘Oh No’ doesn’t quite signal a reinvention for Lanza, but a move towards one end of her capabilities, one which consistently brings excitement, energy and openings for new paths for her to head down.
Are you kidding me? Y'all are judging bad because her voice? I think she has a sweet and evocative voice. And to be fair this a pretty damn good record.
Best tracks: VV Violence, Going Somewhere, It Means I Love You, Oh No
She mixed new electronic trops with best stuff from 80. synth music. This album is like vintage FKA twigs. So yes, I'm impressed.
Absolutely stunning record (yet again)! I happen to LOVE her voice, but it's her production that is the star here, she's just outstanding. A fantastic follow-up to Pull My Hair Back...
A fantastic record from her. Does not disappoint.
Really cool blend of a lot of different stuff, Jessy's voice contrasts really nicely with the very sweet synths on here. Kind of reminds me of FKA Twigs.

Best Track: Oh No
Worst Track: It Means I Love You
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Track List

  1. New Ogi
  2. VV Violence
  3. Never Enough
  4. I Talk BB
  5. Going Somewhere
  6. It Means I Love You
  7. Vivica
  8. Oh No
  9. Begins
  10. Could Be U
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Added on: January 27, 2016