Album Review: Perfume Genius - 'Learning' (Organs/Turnstile)
Within all the emotional turmoil, there’s a lot for the listener to love here
Heartbreaking, rip-your-toenails-out bleakness is all part of [b]Perfume Genius[/b]’ charm. There’s also the way he conjures up barely finished sounding songs so stark and intense they make [b]Bright Eyes[/b] sound like [b]Black Eyed Peas[/b]. It’s clearly catharsis for Mike Hadreas (aka the fragrant clever-clogs behind the music), who sings of death and perversion and has a penchant for appearing bruised and near starvation-skinny in promo shots. But within all the emotional turmoil, there’s a lot for the listener to love: Hadreas’ compelling, tremulous vocals for one, and the haunting nature of his plinky plonky piano skills. A fragile, fucked-up little wonder.
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