Perfume Genius – Put Your Back N 2 It (2012)

Just as powerful and mesmerizing as his debut “Learning,” this second album by Perfume Genius is filled with outstanding songs, each more moody, atmospheric and mournful as the one before. Even at a relatively scant thirty-two minutes, there’s such emotion and inspiration behind each track that one can’t help but be pulled in. With his distinctive vocals, Genius weaves a spell over each track and is well-complimented by obviously tailored music, while the lo-fi production makes the entire record sound inordinately intimate, as though it were being recorded in the listener’s head in real time. It’s a gorgeous, melancholic, heartbroken moan of an album, with stand-outs galore, like “Dark Parts,” “Awol Marine” and “No Tear.”

Rating: ★★★★★ (out of 5)

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