Marika Hackman - Big Sigh
Critic Score
Based on 23 reviews
2024 Ratings: #42 / 105
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Based on 820 ratings
2024 Rank: #47
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
The Line of Best Fit

The album fades out gently, a dissipation of tension and emotion that you don’t realise is cathartic until it’s over – for this reason, Big Sigh doesn’t just feel like Hackman’s best, but it feels like a distinct chapter marker in her catalogue.

82
Northern Transmissions

All in all, it’s safe to say that Big Sigh is a disarmingly thoughtful and nuanced summary of Marika’s entire 12-year-long artistic journey and maybe even life, a cutting line between her old experience and “next stage” of her life and music.

80
God Is in the TV

The Hampshire-native’s first record in five years, the mentally-exposing and meticulously-produced Big Sigh ... expresses the feeling of relief in many ways; from breaking through creative burnout to the realisations of what has been causing her many debilitating apprehensions.

80
Mojo
The former Bedales pupil's steely vocals and ear for a big melody amidst the intricacy offer a unifying and satisfying undertow.
80
Uncut
Skillfully blending soft and harsh sonic moments: heartbreak, anxiety, lust.
80
Clash
A gorgeous album, ‘Big Sigh’ is a winter treat for the long January nights.
80
Loud and Quiet

Big Sigh is a testament to Hackman’s evolving artistry.

80
The Observer
The singer-songwriter finds horror-movie material in the everyday with a record of quiet, visceral power.
80
Dork

Her latest effort, ‘Big Sigh’, ventures further into this complicated world as she delves into anxiety, sadness and, ultimately, relief from the woes of the world.

80
DIY
That Marika supposedly rediscovered her musical inspiration in a pub toilet is fitting for an album that, even following the previous record’s penchant for sex, lays her at her most bare.
80
NME
The London singer-songwriter is still spilling her guts after the party’s over on her darkest and heaviest album yet.
80
AllMusic
Terrible circumstances aside, maybe Hackman just needed a little break before delivering her most compelling album to date.
80
The Irish Times
There is a definite 1990s indie and grunge influence to this album alongside the classical piano leanings, but Hackman is not bound by it.
80
musicOMH

A liberating experience that’s nothing if not cathartic, her songwriting can address difficult issues and still manage to make them sound positive and hopeful.

78
Sputnikmusic

There is a lot to be found in this excellent album if you allow it some time, give it some space and, while it may not be as easy as it seems, embrace its familiarity.

78
Still Listening

While not Marika’s strongest body of work, Big Sigh is a feat of a project and encompasses the build-up and release of a creative labour of love.

75
Paste
The English singer/songwriter’s first album in five years finds her stretching out sonically while maintaining a consistent, exciting focus on what makes her music so good in the first place.
72
Pitchfork
After the Britpop gestures and electronic touches of her last two albums, the UK singer-songwriter explores a more pared-back mode that highlights her incisive lyrics.
70
Slant Magazine
While the lyrics offer a precious few glimmers of defiance, Hackman’s production choices, featuring mostly instruments played by the musician herself, have the verve to suggest not only an artistic resurgence, but a personal one.
70
Exclaim!

While there is no shortage these days of songwriters railing against soured relationships, Hackman has finally made it out of her twenties with all her good intentions and bad decisions leaving marks on her heart. She's ready to turn those pages and tell her grown-up tales.

70
PopMatters

Marika Hackman’s first album of original material in more than four years, Big Sigh, is a moody slab of enticing synthpop and folk.

60
The Skinny

On her fourth studio album, Marika Hackman doesn't hold back; Big Sigh revels in honesty as its creator confronts some of their darker feelings.

jlebon
72

I might not be in the best state to be reviewing an album. It's 2am, I've been drinking with my sister and her mates all evening and we saw Maisie Williams (the Game of Thrones actress) in the pub but fuck it I thought what better to do than slap on a new album by an artist I'd never heard of and see what I think. And do you know what, it's pretty decent as well, being very ambient and the perfect album to calm me down late at night after a busy evening. Will definitely have to check out some ... read more

SnowyFighter
77

Big sigh fr I feel that

What a solid start to the year, like damn. Every project I’ve listened to so far I’ve at least enjoyed. This one is no exception, I really had a good time with it. Quite an interesting blend of indie rock and singer songwriter stuff. The first track sets up a completely different world with it being very strong filled and theatric. Then the rest of the record focuses on hooks and strong melodies. I especially LOVE the song Slime. That is absolutely the ... read more

cfnugent
70

QUICK THOUGHTS

'Big Sigh', girl I get it honestly. A very sobering listen with some wonderful heartfelt lyricism. I'm a sucker for the indie folk, and I'll have to check out more from Hackman.

DuDiiC
75

Where others may yawn, I find myself engaged.

While the album displays some unevenness, there are several tracks worthy of appreciation, showcasing indie-folk at its finest.

nnofficial
71

pretty most of the time, however some parts feel very tedious to get through due to the samey aspects of the record.

favs: ♡ the ground // hanging // slime
least favs: vitamins // please don't be so kind

cfnugent
70

QUICK THOUGHTS

'Big Sigh', girl I get it honestly. A very sobering listen with some wonderful heartfelt lyricism. I'm a sucker for the indie folk, and I'll have to check out more from Hackman.

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Track List

1The Ground
2:31
75
2No Caffeine
3:11
82
3Big Sigh
4:02
80
4Blood
3:49
77
5Hanging
3:53
74
6The Lonely House
2:29
68
7Vitamins
4:12
73
8Slime
3:58
79
9Please Don't Be So Kind
4:29
76
10The Yellow Mile
3:03
74
Total Length: 35 minutes
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Added on: October 11, 2023