Body Music

AlunaGeorge - Body Music
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Based on 28 reviews
2013 Ratings: #383 / 953
User Score
Based on 118 ratings
2013 Ratings: #193
July 29, 2013 / Release Date
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Island / Label
Electropop / Genres
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Pretty Much Amazing

AlunaGeorge hew to a consistent template on Body Music: Francis provides instantly alluring vocals and enormous pop choruses, and Reid lays down a panoply of ever-shifting, frenetic electronic sounds, skittering beats, and booming bass thumps.


‘Body Music’ delights and satisfies because it teeters between and irresistible core of good old fashioned pop and a slightly oddball packaging. 


Despite the part-compilation/part-extras makeup, this is one of the year's more enjoyable debuts.

Drowned in Sound

The real surprise is that such genetic-level Frankenstein-ing could possibly work - but it has. It really, really has. Body Music achieves all of its goals and then some.

Tiny Mix Tapes

AlunaGeorge have built a happy marriage out of the slick and the smart, and with Body Music, they just might manage the trick of making everyone else — from old fans to new ones; from critics to their record labels — happy too.

The Fly

AlunaGeorge are a pop act at heart, with most of this debut’s songs anchored to a radio-friendly chorus.


The greatest thing about this album is that it can’t be boxed into a particular genre, yet at the same time, it’s not haphazardly dancing between genres creating a messy sound. It’s a solid piece of work that effortlessly combines a zillion different sounds into one.


There's not much wrong with Body Music, but its constellation of contemporary electro-pop elements can sometimes feel too slick for its own good.

The Line of Best Fit

It’s a record certainly fine enough to ensure the pairing will have no issues sprinting to the upper echelons of pop aristocracy.

Under The Radar

They ooze a confidence that marries the seductive mews of Aaliyah with something just slightly sinister. It's a combination that could easily sound forced, but Francis has mastered the trick of adding a nuance to her purrs that makes them intoxicating. 


As with many debuts, AlunaGeorge’s album has remarkable highs but is tempered by a few weaker moments.


Body Music shows R&B continuing to expand its scope, stealing the cues of hip-hop and electronic music, which draw strength from their omnivorous appetites.

The 405

It's just not as much of a leap into the future as we might have anticipated.

FACT Magazine

Body Music lacks both the pace and range required to sustain repeated listens, and rests too heavily on one – and even two – year old singles to bolster its overall quality.

Consequence of Sound

The 13-track effort ... is a tough listen, one bombarded with hooks, melodies, and vocal tricks clamoring over one another for your attention. 


The fundamental flaws on ‘Body Music’ are down to Reid. He’s said in a previous interview that he doesn’t want to make music in which “noises might be carrying the song”, but he’s held himself back way too much here.


They're a singles band, not alternative-R&B conceptualists.

Body Music is a crystalline pop album that proves AlunaGeorge's formula is working to great effect, but leans a bit too heavily on its own previously released singles. It doesn't ruin it though, and Body Music has plenty to offer listeners, new and old.
Tom Simmons
Fav Track: You Know You Like It, Diver, Your Drums Your Love

Least Fav Track: Lost and Found
Very pleasant, and they have enormous potential, but this sounds like a collection of demos that don't really go together. Still, enjoyable.
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Track List

  1. Outlines 
  2. You Know You Like It 
  3. Attracting Flies 
  4. Your Drums, Your Love 
  5. Kaleidoscope Love 
  6. Bad Idea 
  7. Diver 
  8. Lost & Found 
  9. Best Be Believing 
  10. Superstar 
  11. Just a Touch 
  12. Body Music 
  13. Friends to Lovers
  14. This Is How We Do It (bonus track)
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Added on: February 26, 2013