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Front Row Seat to Earth

Weyes Blood - Front Row Seat to Earth
Critic Score
Based on 11 reviews
2016 Ratings: #136 / 905
User Score
Based on 368 ratings
2016 Ratings: #59
Liked by 13 people
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
The Guardian

It’s beautiful, unsettling and wholly compelling.

83
Pitchfork

She commits more fully to the world she’s building here, though 2014’s sprawling rock rumination The Innocents is not without its highlights.

80
Clash
In an age where everything must be louder than a Michael Bay flick hearing true sonic range is a rare delight, every instrument and backing vocal helping build a gentler whole.
80
The Line of Best Fit

Front Row Seat to Earth ... turns down some of the lonely static and tape warp of previous full length The Innocents and finds a broader folk balladry imbued with Laurel Canyon breeze that’s still tempered by contemporary turmoil.

80
Exclaim!

Front Row Seat to Earth might not be the most immediate record released this year, but it never turns its back on you. Accessible without ever being simple, it's one worth getting into, even if the way is labyrinthine.

80
The 405

Mering wrings out so much emotion from her voice that these songs burst with human vitality – and that is the main thing to take away from here.

70
Loud and Quiet

The lyrics are divine, and when it’s good (‘Seven Words’, ‘Do You Need My Love’) it is very, very good indeed.

70
AllMusic
Here singer/songwriter Natalie Mering continues to refine her psychedelic folk-pop sound, placing less of an emphasis on experimentation and spotlighting her stunning voice and introspective, poetic lyrics.
WhatTheFunk
72
Sometimes, just sometimes, Pfork push the right artist...

Former guitarist of the noise rock band Jackie O Motherfucker (this is not the past you imagine listening to her ethereal folk-pop), Natalie Mering has come a long way with her solo project named Weyes Blood. With each release, she intrigued and hypnotized with her gothic folk music reminiscent of the 1960s-1970s and her absolutely touching contralto voice. The femme fatale of the American indie folk scene is pushing her artistic ... read more
laz456
80
Just to stir some drama Weyes Blood >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Lana Del Rey
dearsongs
91
Really solid album... used to be, do you need my love & seven words are all fantastic songs. Love the tones of the album in general, Natalie Mering singing sounds effortlessly perfect. Really excited to see what the future holds for Weyes Blood.

2 years later and I still listen to this all the time, brilliant album right here. Cannot wait for the follow up!!!
Strangelightsyd
85
although not as masterfully crafted as Titanic Rising, this album definitely deserves its fair share of love. It's a simply beautiful and soothing album which instrumentals greatly compliment Weyes Blood's gorgeous voice.
Plats
90
While "Front Row Seat To Earth" can feel a little bloated, it's still a beautiful and well-written psychedelic folk record. Natalie's vocals are stunning and match the beauty of the production almost perfectly with her captivating melodies!

Fav Tracks: Used to Be, Seven Words, Generation Why, Do You Need My Love, Be Free, Diary

Least Fav Track: Front Row Seat

Score:
9
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Track List

  1. Diary
  2. Used to Be
  3. Be Free
  4. Do You Need My Love
  5. Generation Why
  6. Can't Go Home
  7. Seven Words
  8. Away Above
  9. Front Row Seat
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Added on: August 15, 2016