Kelly Lee Owens - Kelly Lee Owens
Critic Score
Based on 15 reviews
2017 Ratings: #134 / 898
Year End Rank: #31
User Score
Based on 388 ratings
2017 Ratings: #107
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Kelly Lee Owens is warm, emotive and well-produced, the work of a natural talent that will only get better with time. I can't wait to hear what she'll do next. 

The 405
Kelly Lee Owens’ love for Björk is well-known and it’s reflected as a major influence in her sound. So is her love for nature and all its purity. As her music shows, Kelly Lee Owens is honest, fluid and meaningful.

Owens’ attraction to the emotive potential of sound is a theme that perhaps runs up against the Daniel Avery influences on the record, yet she has still produced a debut that is full of depth and one that exposes the scope of electronic music beyond just the club.


It’s credit to her that within the congested realm of electronic music her record stands proudly distinct, as it is both danceable and meditative music with genuine heart. And with that Kelly Lee Owens has made a more than promising debut.

Loud and Quiet

At its heart, however, this is still a record with techno at its core, and it’s demonstrated by Owens’ aptitude for subtlety and nuance.

The Line of Best Fit

A work of great craft, multifaceted charm, and, yes, an alluring marriage of the visceral to the gentle, this album feels like the opening chapter of a thrilling career.


The Welsh singer and producer leaves her indie rock past behind and mixes dream pop and ambient techno on her immensely varied and fully-formed debut.

No Ripcord

Owens consistently and effortlessly locates sweet spots without ever falling into a specific alcove, showing a maturity and understanding of her craft seldom seen on a debut LP.

Resident Advisor

Owens is an exciting new artist. Her voice is lovely. Her songwriting is accessible. Her arrangements feel smooth, and she moves with ease between styles.


Owens' album seems a bit scattered and all over the place, but its sense of dream logic is intriguing, and its best moments are captivating.

Spectrum Culture

Kelly Lee Owens comes on strong, but it still sounds like a step towards something greater – either a fruitful career or just a better record. Still, it’s amazing how fully-formed it is given that she’s such a newcomer to this kind of music. Give Owens time to figure out her strengths and weaknesses and she might make something truly formidable.

I wish the world was full of young women who made techno music like this. Not that they would want anything to do with me but id at least feel better about the direction this planet was going in.
this is the kind of music you should listen to at work... she's the next big thing.
Kelly Lee Owens' self-titled debut is a faux-experimental boring mess.
Man, this album is my type of shit!! For me this is so far one of the biggest highlights of 2017, the production on this thing is just fuckin glorious to me. It's wonderfully minimal and experimental at the same time, and Kelly's vocals are just heavenly all over this album and work so well over these very ethereal, synthetic instrumentals. I thought sonically the whole album was just an incredibly satisfying listen, the way all these tracks flow together so smoothly and how they are all so ... read more
I hear so much potential but its not quite there for me. I wish some of the these songs had more to them.
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Added on: January 18, 2017