Thursday, December 02, 2010
Sweeping The Nation Albums Of 2010: Number 46
Perfume Genius' Learning sounds like nothing else, so much so you suspect this might be a one shot deal, Mike Hadreas either broadening out the sound on future releases to little effect or just shying away from the exposure this album brought him. 'Exposure' seems an all too apt word here, the album consisting almost entirely of piano, reverb and Hadreas' quivering voice, open hearted and personal to a degree well past disarming and onto disconcerting, so much so you wonder whether this didn't just escape accidentally into the outside world. Such expression of inner turmoil feels fragile but somehow starkly gorgeous amid the haze, even as Hadreas, troubled by all the world, tells of suicide, bad desire and a failure to find a place in the normal world, as if he's trying to exorcise his demons in public. It's not easy listening by any means, but it's doubtless affecting in an awkward way.
The full list