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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: 14 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  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. 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.
  3. Jan 22, 2019
    80
    The Kurstin tracks are as irresistible as you’d expect if you know his track record, but the assortment of other co-producers who drift in for a track or two also serve her well and know enough to place the beauty of her voice starkly in the forefront.
  4. Jan 22, 2019
    79
    The charts are starved for something real and down-to-earth, and her songs, while heavily produced in comparison to some of her folksier beginnings, have an earnestness to them that can’t be fabricated. Rogers’ career may have first sparked on the internet, but now it’s a fire burning IRL.
  5. Jan 25, 2019
    63
    Rogers is listed as coproducer throughout, but her distinctiveness only comes through when Kurstin and some of his other high-profile production accomplices (Kid Harpoon, Ricky Reed) take the day off. ... In contrast, Kurstin--with Rogers listed as a co-conspirator--swamps many of the remaining tracks in virtual choirs of wordless backing vocals and squiggling, squirming keyboard and synthesizer textures.
  6. 60
    Heard It in a Past Life is evidence of Rogers’ ambition and potential, but it is proof, too, that you can’t bottle lightning.
  7. Jan 18, 2019
    40
    Rogers’ elegant knack for production is subsumed by more prosaic emotional balladry on her debut, with lyrics that rely too heavily on imagery of light and dark.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. Jan 18, 2019
    9
    This is a solid debut. She has a strong voice and I think she has a future in the industry. Overall this is pretty good, it spans manyThis is a solid debut. She has a strong voice and I think she has a future in the industry. Overall this is pretty good, it spans many different moods and styles and I think I will be adding this to my vinyl collection. Lots of cool instrumentation and use of reverb on the tracks. Expand
  5. 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
  6. Feb 4, 2019
    8
    Maggie Rogers has one hell of a debut album with HIIAPL. Rogers layers an Indie/Folk vocal styling on top of classic synth pop and if don’tMaggie Rogers has one hell of a debut album with HIIAPL. Rogers layers an Indie/Folk vocal styling on top of classic synth pop and if don’t find yourself dancing by the end of its runtime, I would be incredibly surprised. Dance tunes are stronger than the ballads, but it’s phenomenally well produced and I’m officially excited to hear more from Maggie Rogers. 8.5 out of 10.
    Tracks to Enjoy: “Overnight”, “The Knife”, & “Retrograde”
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  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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