Home Again (Michael Kiwanuka album)

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Home Again
Studio album by
Released12 March 2012 (2012-03-12)
Recorded2011–2012 at The Steam Rooms in Ventnor, Isle of Wight
GenreIndie, folk
LabelLondon, Polydor (UK)
Interscope (US)
ProducerPaul Butler
Michael Kiwanuka chronology
I'm Getting Ready
Home Again
Love & Hate
Singles from Home Again
  1. "Home Again"
    Released: 1 January 2012
  2. "I'm Getting Ready"
    Released: 11 March 2012
  3. "I'll Get Along"
    Released: 28 March 2012
  4. "Bones"
    Released: 24 September 2012

Home Again is the debut studio album by London-based singer-songwriter Michael Kiwanuka, which was released on March 12, 2012.[1] It was produced by Paul Butler of the UK indie rock band The Bees in The Steam Rooms, a basement studio in his house in Ventnor on the Isle of Wight.[2]

The album garnered a positive reception from critics. Home Again peaked at number 4 in the UK and spawned four singles: "Home Again", "I'm Getting Ready", "I'll Get Along" and "Bones". As of May 2012, the album has sold over 70,000 copies in the UK.[3]


  • "Home Again" was released as Kiwanuka's debut single on January 1, 2012. The song peaked to number 29 on the UK Singles Chart.
  • "I'm Getting Ready" was released as the album's second single on March 11, 2012. The song peaked at number 187 on the UK Singles Chart.
  • "I'll Get Along" was the third single from Home Again and was released on May 28, 2012.[4]
  • "Bones" was released as the album's fourth single on September 24, 2012.
Other releases
  • "Tell Me a Tale" and "I'm Getting Ready" were both the title tracks of their parent EPs. Music videos were produced for both songs, in promotion of those EPs.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[6]
Drowned in Sound7/10[8]
The Guardian4/5 stars[9]
The Independent3/5 stars[10]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[13]
The Telegraph4/5 stars[14]

Home Again received positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 72, based on 25 reviews.[5]

Alexis Petredis of The Guardian gave high praise to Butler's production for capturing early '70s soul music and Kiwanuka's vocals and lyrics for feeling authentic, saying that, "Home Again's strength lies in the fact that it manages to tick a lot of boxes without sounding like it set out to tick a lot of boxes."[9] Gareth James of Clash also praised Butler for his soft, acoustic production and compared Kiwanuka's vocals positively to Bill Withers, calling the album "an absolute treat for fans of rootsy vintage soul and a remarkable statement of intent for a debut release."[7] Helen Brown of The Telegraph praised the production aesthetics for sounding complex and easy-going, saying that, "Despite its lyrical portrait of a constant worrier who feels lost and lonely, Home Again is a remarkably assured and sophisticated album."[14] Hilary Saunders of Paste admired Kiwanuka's vocals and lyrics for resembling '70s soul artists like Otis Redding and Marvin Gaye, concluding with, "On Home Again, the young Kiwanuka proves that youth and wisdom are not mutually exclusive and his insights and talents, albeit still a bit raw, suggest great things to come."[12]

Thom Jurek of AllMusic noted that Butler's vintage sounding production felt paint-by-numbers at times and Kiwanuka's lyrical content needed fine-tuning, concluding with, "Despite difficulties, Home Again is a promising debut by an artist who will no doubt deliver big if developed properly."[6] Andy Gill of The Independent also found Kiwanuka's vocals and lyrics needing a bit more urgency and edge to them but called the album "a pleasant enough handful of easy-going songs, in which the focus on warmth has left them lacking bite."[10] Emily Mackay of NME questioned the album's lack of gritty lyrics and false authenticity but said there were tracks that felt like genuine work, concluding that "Home Again provides a sumptuously soft place for tired ears to rest. Enough for many, for now, and a good start."[11] Aaron Lavery of Drowned in Sound felt the album was depressing at times but said that "[I]t’s a minor quibble however, of a record that has clearly been crafted with great care and a terrific talent behind both the songwriting and the production."[8]

Track listing[edit]

Standard listing
1."Tell Me a Tale"4:12
2."I'm Getting Ready"2:25
3."I'll Get Along"3:31
5."Home Again"3:30
7."Always Waiting"4:31
8."I Won't Lie"4:06
9."Any Day Will Do Fine"3:40
10."Worry Walks Beside Me"5:02
Total length:38:41
Deluxe Version[15]
11."They Say I'm Doing Just Fine"3:40
12."Now I'm Seeing"2:34
13."Ode to You"3:23
14."I'll Get Along" (Ethan Johns Sessions)3:40
15."I Won't Lie" (Ethan Johns Sessions)4:01
Total length:17:27

Chart performance[edit]

Release history[edit]

Country Release date Format(s) Label
United Kingdom March 12, 2012 Digital download, CD, LP Polydor Records
United States May 8, 2012 Interscope


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