Best Albums Of 2012 – #9 – Perfume Genius – Put Your Back N 2 It

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Put Your Back N 2 It is the second album by Perfume Genius, the moniker of Mike Hadreas. If Learning was hopelessly gloomy, Put Your Back N 2 It shows that there can be a flash of light after trauma. In this album Hadreas explores emotions through a much more fragile sound, instead of focusing on the narrative as he did in Learning.

The album carries a musical value but it’s also societally meaningful: his label Matador had to fight with YouTube over the promo video for Put Your Back N 2 It which was considered not family safe enough to be shared. Mike Hadreas is gay and often his songs cover topics that are close to his world, but this is an album that speaks to everybody and anyone can easily relate to the frail emotions he wants to transmit.

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