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  • Summary: The fourth full-length release for the Berlin-based electronic producer was recorded in Berlin, London, Los Angeles, and New York.
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  1. Dec 14, 2018
    80
    Powerhouse, is not solely a political statement. Instead, it is simply a story of queer existence. From childhood to present day, the album floats between chanting expressions of self-certainty, to intimate biographical snippets. Rather than looking for approval, Planningtorock, is laying out their experience and listeners can take it or leave it.
  2. Nov 16, 2018
    80
    By combining the autobiographical perspective of their earliest work with the flexible sounds of their later albums, Powerhouse showcases the entire scope of Planningtorock's music--and the results are moving in more ways than one.
  3. Nov 28, 2018
    76
    On Powerhouse, we learn many things about Rostron. Few artists can express their politics and personal life so directly.
  4. Uncut
    Nov 16, 2018
    70
    It's a warmly pristine, groovily poignant set, with vocals pitched for gender neutrality and an ear for a great hook. [Jan 2019, p.23]
  5. The Wire
    Nov 16, 2018
    70
    Admirable in its candour, if at times hard to swallow. [Dec 2018, p.56]
  6. Nov 16, 2018
    70
    Given how commanding Powerhouse comes off thematically, there are unfortunately moments that simply don't work musically. ... But for its few flaws, Powerhouse is nonetheless rewarding, as Rostron has never sounded so raw and inventive, leaving listeners with the imperfect must-hear album of 2018.
  7. Q Magazine
    Nov 20, 2018
    60
    Powerhouse is a string statement: galvanised, streamlined, charged emotionally until sparks fly. [Jan 2019, p.113]