Body Music

AlunaGeorge - Body Music
Critic Score
Based on 28 reviews
2013 Ratings: #382 / 952
User Score
Based on 114 ratings
2013 Ratings: #190
July 29, 2013 / Release Date
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Electropop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

83
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.

80
DIY

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

80
AllMusic

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

80
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.

80
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.

80
The Fly

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

80
PopMatters

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.

76
Pitchfork

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.

75
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.

75
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. 

70
musicOMH

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

70
Paste

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.

60
The 405

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

60
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.

60
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. 

60
NME

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.

60
Spin

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

FinalLifeline
78
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
60
Fav Track: You Know You Like It, Diver, Your Drums Your Love

Least Fav Track: Lost and Found
79
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