13 Songs, 38 Minutes

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4.8 out of 5
46 Ratings

46 Ratings

loklsol ,

Haunting

"Learning" is really a fascinating and personal album. It is surprisingly catchy; the opening track is always stuck in my head. There is a dark, melancholic vibe here, and listening makes you feel like you are peeking in on someone else's tragedies, and you can't look away. I don't get the sense that the emotions here are contrived at all; it seems that there was great purpose matching the dark and confused lyrics with simple and lush orchestrations. One of the best records of the year, by far.

Damon Ford ,

Stunning

A masterpeice!

maladjusted ,

Disturbing, Haunting, Brilliant

The songs are intimate but often painful to listen to, as if you are reading the diary of a tortured soul or someone whose friends all have tortured lives. I immediately thought of the voices of Neil Young, a little Rufus Wainwright, the writing of Dennis Cooper, maybe with a little bit of Christopher Rice mixed in, as well. The music has a scratchy old record player sound, and the singer doesn't try to be heard above the music, but it all seems to work. I like it but I don't think I can take listening to more than a few songs at a time; it'd be almost like reading the pages of a diary of someone who was killed or killed themselves...that's how heavy it can feel.

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