Billy Nomates - CACTI
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
2023 Ratings: #25 / 42
User Score
Based on 116 ratings
2023 Ratings: #32
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January 13, 2023 / Release Date
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Invada / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Uncut

Cacti is relentless, laser-focused and irresistible.

90
Clash
It’s a statement of intent from Billy Nomates, unbalancing sonic scales and weaving this into a force to be reckoned with.
90
AllMusic

Despite all the changes she introduces on Cacti, the honesty of Maries' music remains paramount, and the savvy and polish she brings to the album confirm she's an excitingly hard-to-pin-down artist.

80
Mojo

The narrative lines are fractured, the satire removed; these songs play out like stress responses, fight-or-flight impulses, each one a little panic room ... There’s not a lot of feeling OK on CACTI, but for once, it feels like exactly the right place for Billy Nomates. She’s brought herself, entirely.

80
Record Collector

Cacti might show Maries in survival mode, but revealing vulnerability has seen her songwriting soften and come into its own.

80
Exclaim!

CACTI teaches listeners about living through the dying, offering a danceable and shapeshifting post-punk guide to tapping into the regenerative spring of resilience that flows through us like water.

80
The Telegraph
This is a softer, more introspective approach than her barn-storming debut, but this 12-track album doesn’t lack the punch and bite of its debut in spite of this.
80
The Arts Desk
The Bristol songwriter’s sophomore album is a survival story, reviving us for what lies ahead.
80
The Observer
Spanning post-punk to honky-tonk, this piercingly original singer-songwriter digs ever deeper on her second album.
71
Spectrum Culture
When Maries writes, she does so in layers. She stacks emotions, double words, showcases wit. It's only fitting that her latest album closes with the desire to peel away a false layer because she knows there's always something more behind what we can see.
70
Northern Transmissions

Though CACTI retains many of the elements that defined her debut and Emergency Telephone, everything sounds bigger. The compositions are more fleshed out.

70
DIY
There’s still that personable rawness to her production, but her vocal offers warmth.
70
Loud and Quiet
Billy Nomates presented herself as a performer barely holding it together on her debut, but where she formerly implied that through cryptic clues and outward anger, her new record artfully explores her personal battles with a universal depth.
70
Under The Radar
Though the one-liners are at times a bit more fun, the emotions Maries explores in this collection remind us that practicing self-awareness and presence is truly the best way out of the time warp.
60
The Skinny
Self-sufficiency is a large part of Billy Nomates’ appeal, but it feels like this solitary approach to recording doesn’t really do her justice.
60
RIOT

Much like its namesake, CACTI proves spikey with its roaring rock bite and satisfying synths. When these layers are peeled back and Nomates’ mask is lowered, particularly during the softer tracks, it proves to be a personal, emotional and memorable record.

jossilovesmusic
50

edgy millennial music

humm1ng_b1rd
56

O que fez de "CACTI" um álbum tão mediano — pendendo mais pro ruim do que pro bom — não seria algum problema grave envolvendo a mixagem, ou a produção ou até mesmo a performance vocal de dona Billy Nomates, e sim a falta de força. O trabalho se orienta pelo post-punk, o indie rock e o country para criar o próprio caminho (a própria sonoridade), e assim o segui-lo até aonde Billy deseja que chegue para ... read more

TrevBev45
61

The Stand User can be anyone!

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Mohamedmahmoud
70

Billy Nomates - CACTI
Indie Pop
January 13, 2023

7/10

Favourite tracks :
black curtains in the bag
saboteur forcefield
Fawner
Same Gun

JulianGevarra
60

In the apogee of a new post-punk revival era, Billy Nomates came to show us everything that could possibly go wrong... poppy to the point of sleepy, this album has nothing of style or essence, and even when some of the tracks are pretty decent, as a whole is a completely disappointing work.

Decent tracks: blue bones, saboteur forcefields, and black curtains in the bag.

DalekTurret32
90

Billy switches it up on her follow-up, going from the indie rock with hints of americana of her debut to a mix of post-punk and synthpop. Parts of the production palette are reminiscent of that period in the early 80s when some punk bands like The Stranglers shifted to a new wave aesthetic. I’m not sure if I like it as much as the self-titled debut, but it’s currently on equal levels of excellence.

Fave Tracks: "vertigo"; "spite"; "balance is gone"

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Track List

1balance is gone
3:33
66
2black curtains in the bag
3:27
66
3blue bones (deathwish)
3:18
66
4CACTI
4:00
58
5saboteur forcefield
3:51
62
6roundabout sadness
2:00
56
7spite
3:44
60
8fawner
4:07
59
9same gun
2:32
63
10vertigo
2:45
58
11apathy is wild
3:06
59
12blackout signal
4:17
61
Total Length: 40 minutes
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