Heba

Lowly - Heba
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
2017 Ratings: #128 / 721
User Score
Based on 71 ratings
2017 Ratings: #318
February 10, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
Bella Union / Label
Dream Pop, Synthpop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

85
The Line of Best Fit

Heba’s eleven songs are, amazingly, a giant leap forward. They retain the widescreen approach of their earlier music but the key refinement is that the songs are gloriously controlled, even when they feature more ideas than many bands cover across an entire album.

80
PopMatters

The vocals, melodies, and beats of Heba are not groundbreaking. But the group is skilled at assembling these pieces and communicating some fresh ideas about the shape of pop to come.

80
God Is in the TV

Lowly have delivered a focussed and really nicely sequenced record that perfects that knack of sounding like it isn’t trying too hard. Heba is another worthy addition to the Bella Union catalogue.

80
The 405

Throughout their debut album Heba, Lowly are always presenting their music through a wide-angle lens, as there’s so much to take in. The songs often revolve around stark, sharply-produced female vocals, from which Lowly prove that they have a knack for creative-yet-natural progression.

80
AllMusic

An accomplished, moving debut, Heba's bittersweet sensuality is distinctive and unforgettable.

78
Pitchfork

Lowly’s previous work hovered in a state of somber, slightly edgy, but otherwise unremarkable introspection. The music on Heba is exponentially more rich.

70
Clash

Lowly have through ‘Heba’ created their entirely own universe of dreamy, luxurious pop. Though the album as a whole can feel slightly monotone, Lowly’s commitment to their own sound works in their favour. 

holsgr
50
☆☆ ~ Tolerable listen but overmuch flawed and intricate. It could be better than this.
NR
I still love this album and I can’t wait for the second album and more live performances from Lowly. They push boundaries and keep music interesting.
77
There's just enough happening here that I listened to it more than just once. I guess it never blew me away, but it kept me at least thinking about it, and it is about the bare minimum quality of an album I'd actually say you should listen to - maybe not revisit, but at least listen to.
ofiros
90
Masterpiece!
Dying to find similar albums
Please, recommend me if you have
plowo
73
Favs: Deer Eyes, Mornings, Prepare the Lake, Stubborn Day and Word.
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#91/Rough Trade

MISC LISTS

#87/Drift Records

Track List

  1. Still Life
  2. Deer Eyes
  3. Look at the Sun
  4. Mornings
  5. Cait #2
  6. Prepare the Lake
  7. Stubborn Day
  8. Pommerate
  9. No Hands
  10. Word
  11. Not so Great After All
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