Nothing's Real

Shura - Nothing's Real
Critic Score
Based on 22 reviews
2016 Ratings: #125 / 926
User Score
Based on 256 ratings
2016 Ratings: #104
Liked by 2 people
July 8, 2016 / Release Date
LP / Format
Polydor / Label
Synthpop / Genres / Website
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The Line of Best Fit
As with the best pop albums, it sounds like a greatest hits record. The songs flow into each other seamlessly as well as standing on their two own feet, which is an astonishing achievement.
The sound might be ’80s, but this is undeniably now, and Shura a new star in 2016’s increasingly bible-black night.
God Is in the TV

The whole record blends together seamlessly with nothing but refined songwriting and outstanding production. This is a brilliant record constructed by someone who sounds like they should be on their fifth record by now. It’s exciting to think this is only the beginning for Shura.

The Skinny
As far as poppy coming of age records go, there’s not a lot to separate Shura from the pack on initial spins. Like most teenage neuroses, scratch beyond the surface and you’ll find there’s much more going on than first seems apparent.
‘Nothing Real’ serves as a personal glimpse into this newcomer as an artist. It’s a statement packed with masses of future potential, and that’s all you can really ask for from a debut record.
The Guardian
This feels like a time capsule of Shura’s life up to 2016, amorphous former internet genres and all.

The 24-year-old’s synthy, guitar-backed pop tackles a broad sweep of issues surrounding love and relationships.

Although it’s easy to slap comparisons across her sound, the voice underpinning it all is peerless. Was ‘Nothing’s Real’ worth the wait? Absolutely.

Nothing's Real boasts richer songwriting and wider-ranging sounds than might have been expected. Where her earlier work was so atmospheric it threatened to float away, on Nothing's Real she grounds her fantasies with sounds that are often sleeker than those of her influences and contemporaries.


While Shura is the latest in a long, long line of ‘80s-mining artists, what separates her from the imitators and makes her album great is quite simply the sheer quality and attention to detail of the songs themselves.


Nothing’s Real offers a fresh vision for pop’s new reality.

Consequence of Sound

Shura is at the center of this album, and though the results aren’t always revelatory, she herself remains hugely engaging.

Rolling Stone

Born in the Nineties and in love with the bubble beats and synth clouds of the Eighties, she builds her music as a glossy shell around detailed dissections of missed connections.

Loud and Quiet
A few tracks feel overlong ... but that hardly spoils this rich, elegant and intimate debut.

A neon sugar rush that occasionally fizzles out with filler tracks, Nothing's Real ultimately leaves a lasting impression. More importantly though, Shura's debut shows real promise for the future; with plenty of room to grow, she's an artist with potential in the ever-expanding world of pop music — one in which her voice can expand, too.

NOW Magazine

Although Shura's lyrics are fraught with self-doubt, the coolness and precision of her delivery exude professionalism.

Shura doesn't necessarily do anything to change the game of pop music, but rather takes all the best parts of it to create an album of 80s pop music perfection. Her lyrics are reminiscent of childhood memories and her silky smooth voice lulling her listeners into pure bliss. Every song on Nothing's Real is catchy as hell with melodies that I find humming to myself throughout the day. I don't need to search for the song of the summer anymore. I think I've found it.

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Extremely groovy
Behold one of the most infectious and heart filling records of this year. It's been two years since she released "Touch" and since then a lot of people were anticipating her debut project. Well, I don't think anybody will be disappointed with Nothing's Real. Clearly she is making a tribute to 80's synthpop and dance music, the influences are there and if you listen to one of her songs on the radio, you'd probably think that it's not her but Madonna, Cindy Lauper or some other pop ... read more
Shura is the definition of the type of 80s rnb we need now; engulfed with synths,soft vocals and futuristic experimentation it's just what I call a Concept Album.
Nothing's Real soa como um álbum da Madonna nos anos 80 e isso é um grande elogio.

Fav tracks: Nothing's Real, Touch, 2Shy, Indecision e Make It Up
Least fav: The Space Tapes
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Added on: February 18, 2016