Jewellery (album)

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Jewellery
Studio album by Micachu
Released March 9, 2009
Recorded 2008-2009
Genre Indie pop, Alternative, Experimental Music
Length 31:24
Label Rough Trade Records RTRADCD500, Accidental Records
Producer Micachu, Matthew Herbert
Micachu chronology
Filthy Friends Mixtape
(2007)
Jewellery
(2009)
Kwesachu Mixtape Vol.1 with Kwes.
(2009)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
BBC Music (favourable) link
Robert Christgau (2-star Honorable Mention)[1]
Drowned In Sound 8/10 stars link
The Guardian 4/5 stars link
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars link
Pitchfork Media (7.9/10) link
The Times 4/5 stars link

Jewellery is an album by Micachu that was released on March 9, 2009, on a joint venture between Rough Trade Records and Accidental Records. The album features her band The Shapes, which comprises Raisa Khan (keyboards and electronics) and Marc Pell (percussion and drums).

Reception[edit]

Upon its release, Jewellery received generally positive reviews and maintains a 75 score on Metacritic.[2] Most reviews, both positive and negative, emphasized the originality and experimental, sometimes difficult nature of the music. Drowned in Sound praised the experimental sound of the album calling it "thrillingly improbable pop made by a grade-A maverick."[3] The Guardian similarly praised the music for combining "hard experimentation with soft introspection, her scrappy, lo-fi production wrapped in warmth."[4]

Some reviews were more mixed, but again focused on the experimental sound. PopMatters noted the challenging nature of the music: "The whole experience seems crowded with random experimentation for its own sake," adding, "With a little patience, however, Jewellery soon orders itself."[5] Under the Radar was less sympathetic, asserting, "The record is admirable for its crashing ambitions, but it unfortunately devolves into a tuneless, nearly unlistenable mire of avant-noise fragments."

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Vulture" (2:49)
  2. "Lips" (1:21)
  3. "Sweetheart" (0:53)
  4. "Eat Your Heart" (2:20)
  5. "Curly Teeth" (2:27)
  6. "Golden Phone" (2:43)
  7. "Ship" (1:59)
  8. "Floor" (1:22)
  9. "Just In Case" (2:46)
  10. "Calculator" (3:09)
  11. "Wrong" (3:35)
  12. "Turn Me Well" (2:58)
  13. "Guts" (3:12)
    • "Hardcore" (1:33) is an unlisted hidden track at the end of the record.

Early review versions of the album sent by Accidental Records before the Rough Trade deal included an additional song called "Worst Bastard" (likely removed for being the only song containing obscenities) and listed "Hardcore" as a normal track rather than a bonus track.

Chart performance[edit]

Album charts[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak
position
UK Albums Chart[6] 196

References[edit]

  1. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Micachu". Robert Christgau. 
  2. ^ "Jewellery Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More at Metacritic". Metacritic.com. Retrieved 2012-02-26. 
  3. ^ Ubaghs, Charles (2009-03-17). "Micachu - Jewellery / Releases / Releases // Drowned In Sound". Drownedinsound.com. Retrieved 2012-02-26. 
  4. ^ Betty Clarke (2009-03-06). "Pop review: Micachu: Jewellery | Music". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2012-02-26. 
  5. ^ Lyndal, Erin. "Micachu & the Shapes: Jewellery < PopMatters". Popmatters.com. Retrieved 2012-02-26. 
  6. ^ "Chart Log UK – Chart Coverage and Record Sales 2009 and Special Single-File Version". Zobbel.de. Retrieved 2012-02-26. 

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