Revelations

Shamir - Revelations
Critic Score
Based on 17 reviews
2017 Ratings: #523 / 719
User Score
Based on 48 ratings
2017 Ratings: #627
November 3, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
Father/Daughter / Label
Lo-Fi, Indie Pop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
The Line of Best Fit

Shamir represents what it is to be an outsider, with each of Revelation’s nine tracks teaching us to face our insecurities and embrace our weirdness. Even in the darkest times, Shamir’s brilliance continues to shine through.

80
Northern Transmissions

He pours his heart out on the comparatively dim Revelations like a lone singer at open mic when the bar is nearly empty, and those who are in the room are barely listening.

80
The Guardian
Strife has produced a rebirth. The debut’s shimmering postmodern disco has been ditched for a lo-fi but somehow bigger sound, which mixes Pixies-type basslines and skyscraping, 60s girl-group pop.
80
DIY
The sound of an artist creatively re-energised, this is a revelation in all senses of the word.
75
A.V. Club
The beats and looping horns may be gone, but Shamir’s soul, wit, and unmistakable timbre still anchor every song, threading catchy melodies through distorted guitar strings.
73
Paste

While bedroom indie-rock is a beast Shamir has yet to master, it’s Revelations’ message of survival and optimism that sticks with you. And so one hopes Shamir finds his way, fully realizing the album’s flashes of greatness.

70
Loud and Quiet

This album marks a reflective, introspective move into adulthood. Yes, Shamir risks losing that mass appeal, but the end result feels more genuine and confident than his previous work.

67
Consequence of Sound

A quick listen at 31 minutes, the album hints at the new directions Shamir can take now that he’s found a path forward, and if they’re half as moving as a song like “Straight Boy”, he may be on to something.

65
Under The Radar

Revelations functions mostly as a career pivot rather than a killer reinvention. It's not essential. However, it's clear Shamir has the chops and has found the courage to stay true to himself, and that is nothing but good news.

60
The Skinny

While it may be far slimmer than Ratchet musically, Revelations fills that gap with earnest, heartfelt emotion.

60
NME

‘Revelations’ wants to be unlistenable, but it can’t always hide Shamir’s songwriting strengths.

59
Pitchfork

Sometimes there’s no balm more soothing that disappearing into the dense feedback of a fuzzy rock song, and Revelations feels cathartic. Still, it’s frustrating that through the resulting haze, the songs don’t shine, and you’re left with a feeling of empty-handedness.

blinkclyro
60
Revelations starts oddly and kind of just... finishes. The messages shared and troubles expressed will resonate with listeners, especially big fans of Shamir, and it’s nice he is enjoying taking on the producer role as well as the singing and writing, but the album doesn’t feel entirely complete.

People who were fans of Shamir’s debut Rachet will be slightly shocked with the change of pace and instrumentation, but it’s still an interesting listen. Revelations feels ... read more
itsyahboinoah
58
Shamir latest album shows much potential, however with this LP "Revelations" there is hardly any tracks worthwhile to go back too or revisit. A pleasant indie pop slash lo-fi record but no daring risks and feels convoluted.
SeenYourVideo
70
Shamir yet again returns with the lo-fi sound he voiced in his earlier 2017 effort, this time with a better outcome—despite its many unkempt forms. Revelations is messy and purposely so—it's the artist's androgynous voice and lyrics that keep this whole thing intact.
HighClouds
63
Shamir‘s first album under Father/Daughter solidifies his new status as a lo-fi artist without losing his poppy glow.

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WildChameleon
55
+ Second part ...
+ Straight Boy, Float, Cloudy, Astral Part ...
+ Thematic ...

- ... Terrible first part
- ... and these tracks are just cool
- ... with any exploration

After a surprising album, I don't sense the urgency and more importantly Life in this album (despite his recent mental problems).

Basically, its a cleaner version of Hope but without athenticity in the sounds and without deeper understanding of Trouble.
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Track List

  1. Games
  2. You Have a Song
  3. 90's Kids
  4. Her Story
  5. Blooming
  6. Cloudy
  7. Float
  8. Astral Plane
  9. Straight Boy
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