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Learning

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Even though he is only in his 20s, Mike Hadreas, aka Seattle's PERFUME GENIUS, has a story with the twists and turns of a person who has seen a lot of darkness. This extraordinary debut album explores that world through home-recorded songs that bring to mind early Cat Power, Elliott Smith, Sufjan Stevens and Pink Moon-era Nick Drake. Mostly simple vocal and piano, the minor-key melodies work their way into your brain and stick there.

1. Learning
2. Look Out, Look Out
3. Mr. Peterson
4. Gay Angels
5. You Won't B Here
6. Write To Your Brother
7. No Problem
8. When
9. Perry
10. Never Did

Product Details

  • Vinyl (June 21, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Matador Records
  • ASIN: B003JONX3A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #291,146 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By R. C. Warren on September 20, 2010
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My favorite thing about this album is that it almost seems wrong to be hearing it. It's like we're hearing this guy's innermost deep dark secrets, and if we're not careful, he's going to catch us listening to his audio diary. Some of the lyrics are downright creepy, which is good. It's part of the appeal. Musically, there's not a great deal going on, but that's okay.I wouldn't have it any other way. Piano and keyboard music and sounds go great with some of the most touching words I've ever heard in music. If there were more instruments, it probably wouldn't be as great. 5 stars, for sure.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D on February 6, 2011
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If Xiu Xiu and Parenthetical Girls had a little brother, he would be Perfume Genius. But "Learning" outshines those and other dark art-rockers. It's got all the markings of my favorite music: it's beautiful and haunting, sad and delicate, and of course musically excellent.

I give it four stars only because at ten tracks and 29 minutes, it's disappointingly short. I find myself listening to the whole thing two or three times in a row, because I don't want it to end. But if Mike Hadreas keeps making music this good, he could become one of my favorite artists.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Spider Monkey on February 26, 2011
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I have to agree with other reviewers in stating that Perfume Genius has created a beautiful, haunting album.

I came to this from a music magazine recommendation and I am so glad I did. I checked out some live tracks on YouTube first and I have to say that the live tracks I heard (Never Did, Learning and Mr Peterson) seemed to resonate with emotion and power. This comes through on this album, but I felt this to be slightly more reserved and staid in comparison. It is my own fault for hearing such sublime live versions first, I know.

Saying that the tracks mentioned above are real stand-out tracks and the pared back piano and simple lyrics manage to hit home immediately. This is a relatively short album, but it is perfectly crafted and you feel it affect you as it progresses until you want to hit that play button at the end and revel in it all over again.

This is one of those album that you'll either love or hate and I'm glad to say I love it. It is haunting, intelligent and beautiful, which are all things I adore in my music. Check this out, but be warned, get the album first and then check out the live clips online. It's the best way round to do it.

Feel free to check out my blog which can be found on my profile page.
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