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  • Summary: The debut full-length major label release for the singer-songwriter features contributions from such artists as Rostam Batmanglij, Kid Harpoon, Greg Kurstin, and Ricky Reed.
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Alaska
I was walking through icy streams that took my breath away Moving slowly through westward water over glacial plains And I walked off you And I walked... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. 83
    It’s clear that Rogers took her time to create a project that encompassed her journey thus far and is bursting with energy and daring you to dance. More so, she doesn’t stray from slower, emotional ballads like “Past Life”, a track that bears a resounding similarity to early Stevie Nicks, proving the duality of her craft. If anything, this record is a formal announcement: Maggie Rogers is here to stay.
  2. Q Magazine
    Jan 11, 2019
    80
    This thoughtfully constructed and often enchanting record manages to mark itself out from the crowd. [Feb 2019, p.110]
  3. 80
    On the intoxicating Heard It In A Past Life, Rogers sounds in love with art, nature and life itself.
  4. Jan 15, 2019
    80
    The record finds a way of making her atypical pop sit comfortably in the mainstream, offering something genuinely new. Coming a long way since sitting adjacent to Pharrell in the studio at NYU, Maggie Rogers has certainly found her own voice.
  5. Jan 17, 2019
    80
    Rogers rises to the occasion, making herself and her mixture of emotions the anchor of songs whose music moves at an unending pace.
  6. Jan 17, 2019
    80
    It sticks in the mind for a good while after and just keeps bringing you back in with fantastic production, brilliant pop songwriting and a central personality as easy to like and support as any on the current music scene.
  7. Jan 11, 2019
    60
    The palette can feel restrictive, and the lyrical matter predictable. It’s a stepping stone, a moment of reconciliation and recollection from a talent who is just about to surge ahead.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Jan 18, 2019
    10
    It sticks in the mind for a good while after and just keeps bringing you back in with fantastic production, brilliant pop songwriting and aIt sticks in the mind for a good while after and just keeps bringing you back in with fantastic production, brilliant pop songwriting and a central personality as easy to like and support as any on the current music scene. Expand
  2. Jan 18, 2019
    10
    Maggie Rogers's debut album is already one of the best project you're going to listen this whole year. Her creative way of tell a story insideMaggie Rogers's debut album is already one of the best project you're going to listen this whole year. Her creative way of tell a story inside melodies is actually her most powerful way of conquer our hearts with her well-produced sound. Since songs we've already know ("Alaska" and "On+Off") to singles we respect and sing with our souls out ("Fallingwater" and "Light On"), the album gain strength and keep on focus all the time. Also I hope "The Knife", "Retrogade" and/or "Burnign" to be the projects' future singles. Can I say it's perfect? Yes, I can. Expand
  3. Jan 18, 2019
    10
    “Rogers rises to the occasion, making herself and her mixture of emotions the anchor of songs whose music moves at an unending pace.” –“Rogers rises to the occasion, making herself and her mixture of emotions the anchor of songs whose music moves at an unending pace.” – Rolling Stones. Expand
  4. Jan 18, 2019
    10
    Light On, Burning and Past Life are my favorite songs from Maggie's debut album. Yet, I'm in love with the full album.
  5. Jan 18, 2019
    10
    With Greg Krustin producing and Maggie Roggers herself wrigint, it couldn't be less than a pop perfection, just it! Fave songs: The Knife,With Greg Krustin producing and Maggie Roggers herself wrigint, it couldn't be less than a pop perfection, just it! Fave songs: The Knife, Light On, Alaska, Back In My Body, Burning, Retrogade, Past Life and Fallingwater. ♥ Expand
  6. Jan 18, 2019
    9
    Believe the hype. Maggie Rogers has currently one of the best voices in the industry and it shows. All the songs are entertaining and it's anBelieve the hype. Maggie Rogers has currently one of the best voices in the industry and it shows. All the songs are entertaining and it's an album you're going to replay for a long time. I just love how pure her voice is. Congrats Maggie ! Best Songs: Alaska.Give A Little, Past Life, Burning, Expand
  7. Jan 18, 2019
    2
    Sometimes Maggie Rogers manages to create a hook that is appealing, but more often than not, her music is uninspired and lacks uniqueness. ISometimes Maggie Rogers manages to create a hook that is appealing, but more often than not, her music is uninspired and lacks uniqueness. I remember watching Pharrell react to Maggie Roger's rather normal song "Alaska" with teary eyes at the NYU school of music, as he claimed it was unlike anything he had ever heard (if you haven't seen the video it is easy to find on youtube). I wasn't sure if Pharrell saw the potential she had as a profitable and approachable musician in the industry, or if he genuinely thought her music was unique. Either way, her music is not as special as people say it is, and it doesn't compete on the level of other albums receiving similar user scores. Expand

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