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Maggie Rogers - Heard It In A Past Life (2019) Published: January 18/19 Released: January 18/19 albumAlternative12 Tracks • 45 Minutes
TRACKWAVE SCORE
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84%
    SELECTED LINE: If anything, this record is a formal announcement: Maggie Rogers is here to stay. -Consequence of Sound
    Heard It In A Past Life is the third studio album by Maggie Rogers, released by Capitol Records on January 18, 2019.
    Preview
    1. Give A Little3:46
    2. Overnight3:20
    3. The Knife3:59
    4. Alaska3:08
    5. Light On3:53
    6. Past Life3:36
    7. Say It3:40
    8. On + Off3:41
    9. Fallingwater4:31
    10. Retrograde4:11
    11. Burning3:33
    12. Back In My Body4:09
Capitol Records; ℗ 2019 Debay Sounds LLC, under exclusive license to UMG Recordings, Inc.
Critic Reviews (64)

With her debut album, Heard It in a Past Life, she’s taking a more rootsy, spiritual and sedate path to long-lasting success.

1 week ago

The Saturday Paper The Saturday Paper

Rogers continues to showcase herself as an exciting new talent.

1 week ago

The Current The Current

Undeniably a star, Maggie’s light has been dimmed here.

60% 1 week ago

The 405 The 405

Thanks to Rogers’ ability to craft catchy yet intelligent pop, this listener fully expects her to be one of the breakout successes of 2019.

70% 1 week ago

Hot Press Hot Press

Working with heavyweight producers Greg Kurstin (Adele’s “Hello”) and Ricky Reed (Halsey’s “Bad at Love”) while maintaining the frank, evocative songwriting that has endeared her to fans.

2 weeks ago


Heard It In A Past Life is the soundtrack to any twenty-something’s struggles but brings the light of brighter days to come.

2 weeks ago

Soundigest Soundigest

Songs like ‘Say It’ and the feverish ‘On + Off’ display such startling promise that much can be forgiven.

2 weeks ago

London In Stereo London In Stereo

Rogers provides a very whole look at who she is in Heard It In A Past Life.

78% 2 weeks ago

Immortal Reviews Immortal Reviews

Rogers has an impressive voice—soft, yet soulful, with the edge of a folk storyteller.

2 weeks ago


Vulnerability is something Rogers is constantly courting on her long-gestating first album Heard It in a Past Life.

2 weeks ago

The Ringer The Ringer

Rogers writes anthems for the modern age, with all the paradoxical feelings of empowerment, anxiety, heartbreak and growth that that entails.

75% 3 weeks ago

The Line of Best Fit The Line of Best Fit

Heard It in a Past Life is the picture perfect journey of one finding themself through their music.

3 weeks ago

mxdwn mxdwn

The album exemplifies her ability as much as it also reveals a story pulsing beneath the ebullient folk-tronic percussion and layered metaphors.

100% 3 weeks ago

The Harvard Crimson The Harvard Crimson

The music under any circumstances would be hard-pressed to match the high, perhaps unreasonable, expectations created by the “Alaska”-Pharrell-YouTube Trifecta.

63% 3 weeks ago

Chicago Tribune Chicago Tribune (TOP)

With confident percussion at its base and Rogers’ personable timbre, Heard It in a Past Life is something one might listen to while camping under the stars or while alone on a country road.

65% 3 weeks ago

SpectrumCulture SpectrumCulture

Heard It in A Past Life, not a debut album, but the first for a major label, finds Maggie Rogers neither here nor there, and the lack of commitment is a killer.

50% 3 weeks ago

The Sydney Morning Herald The Sydney Morning Herald (TOP)

It almost seems like she has always wanted to jump on the electro-funk train.

60% 3 weeks ago

lautde lautde

Maggie Rogers convincingly tells the story of the past two years of her life, without romanticizing the fame or success.

3 weeks ago

A Bit of Pop Music A Bit of Pop Music

An understated, idiosyncratic mix of pop, folk and dance music, the album confirms Rogers as a tender but powerful musical force, putting her in the company of a group of solo female artists claiming space outside of the typical machines of pop, country or R&B.

3 weeks ago


This here is 'easy-listening', and that should indicate how easy it is to listen to, in the background, rather than plant you, Pharrell-like, in your seat for its entire runtime.

60% 3 weeks ago

Student Edge Student Edge

Heard It In A Past Life is undoubtedly a triumphant debut album and it asserts Rogers as a prolific writer and lyricist.

3 weeks ago

Nialler𝟫 Nialler𝟫

This debut is a rounded way of defining who Maggie Rogers is.

3 weeks ago

Atwood Magazine Atwood Magazine

'Heard it in a past life' is her first big win.

3 weeks ago

Indiestyle Indiestyle

Managing to balance a well-produced and glossy sound with proficient songwriting, 'Heard It In A Past life' is able to retain a large commercial appeal while still keeping her eccentricities in a cult environment.

70% 3 weeks ago

MYSTIC SONS MYSTIC SONS

It seems Heard It In A Past Life was produced in an idea factory, and there were few mishaps along the way.

79% 3 weeks ago

Paste Magazine Paste Magazine

It may be patchy in parts, but Heard It In A Past Life is certainly a self-assured debut from the Maryland songwriter.

3 weeks ago

The Edge The Edge

Past Life, the overportentous, dragged-out ballad at the album’s heart, reminds you that viral doesn’t always mean catchy.

40% 3 weeks ago

The Observer (UK) The Observer (UK) (TOP)

From start to finish I couldn’t help but be fully captivated by her magical vocals, sooth harmonies and groovy production.

3 weeks ago

Thomas Bleach Thomas Bleach

Her ability to combine a big, broad sound with studious attention to detail transforms what could be a restless debut into something more.

60% 3 weeks ago

NOW Magazine NOW Magazine

The cherry is Past Life, comprising only voice and piano, the latter of which is played with heavy sustain pedal so the chords bleed into one another, Eno-style. A truly charming debut.

4 weeks ago

STACK STACK

Rogers is clearly her own woman, not least of all because of the preternatural calm of that voice, which feels like a balm even as Rogers the lyricist explores the edges of uncertainty and a mild anxiety.

4 weeks ago


It would be tough to not root for her sustained success in her career after this set of songs hits all the right notes at just the right moments.

4 weeks ago

chorus.fm chorus.fm

As a pop star, Rogers is interested in a kind of intimacy that has nothing to do with Tumblrs or Instagram posts, but through lyrics that inspire deeply personal introspection.

4 weeks ago


While it sometimes feels like Rogers could be even bolder than she is on Heard It in a Past Life, it's a strong debut that shows how well she's growing into her fame as well as all the dimensions of her music.

80% 4 weeks ago

AllMusic AllMusic

On her debut the standard-issue pop production from Greg Kurstin is grating and too many of the songs dissolve into MOR torpor. A missed opportunity, then, but better things surely lie ahead.

40% 1 month ago

The Times of London The Times of London (TOP)

She clearly has talent, but this album does its best to dim her light.

40% 1 month ago


The pulse of Heard It In A Past Life is near enough irresistible.

1 month ago

theMusic.com.au theMusic.com.au

It took a long time, but the wait was worth it because at Heard It In A Past Life you will hear twelve velvet pop songs.

70% 1 month ago

Dansende Beren Dansende Beren

Constantly self-reflecting pop music.

50% 1 month ago

Musikexpress Musikexpress

Thankfully, Rogers rises to the occasion, making herself and her mixture of emotions the anchor of songs whose music moves at an unending pace.

80% 1 month ago

Exclaim Exclaim

Increasing in familiarity and its endearing nature upon repeated listening, Rogers has released a fantastically spritely and fluid debut album, one that shows off her various talents without doing any of them a disservice.

80% 1 month ago

Clash Music Clash Music

Because her music is so deeply seeded in the love and passion she has for it, this record can’t help but naturally draw the world closer to her.

80% 1 month ago

Thank Folk For That Thank Folk For That

So much pressure has been placed on this young Maryland artist but she’s delivered on that early promise — an exciting album, true to her vision.

1 month ago

The Associated Press The Associated Press (TOP)

Indie princess Maggie Rogers conquers the mainstream throne with Heard It In A Past Life.

1 month ago

Sounds and Books Sounds and Books

Heard it in a Past Life is largely upbeat and dance-oriented across the board, and Rogers' remarkably vulnerable storytelling makes it a deeply felt, uplifting debut.

80% 1 month ago

nzherald nzherald

The songs on Heard It In A Past Life are all beautiful, lush with layers of Rogers’ clear, elastic voice, but they’re also driven by beats that speak to her Paris revelation that, as she told Pharrell, the way a drum makes a body want to move is “the most natural thing.”

1 month ago

UPROXX UPROXX

With “Heard It in a Past Life,” Rogers delivers the rare debut that is also a fully realized artistic vision.

88% 1 month ago

Newsday Newsday

At its core, Heard It In a Past Life is a collection of self-searching moments: miniature mental flashbulbs of realization from a young adult striving to adjust to the swiftly shifting world around her.

80% 1 month ago


Heard It in a Past Life is evidence of Rogers’ ambition and potential, but it is proof, too, that you can’t bottle lightning.

60% 1 month ago

The Independent (UK) The Independent (UK) (TOP)

In Heard It In A Past Life, Rogers deftly tickles the boundaries between folk, pop and electronic music, tied together with her powerful yet falsetto-friendly vocal, kind of similar to the likes of Florence Welch and Lorde, but also incomparable to anybody else.

1 month ago

HeraldScotland HeraldScotland

While themes of self-discovery, anxiety and insecurity permeate the album, Heard It in a Past Life nonetheless stands as a powerful mission statement, marrying influences from the dance music she embraced while in Europe during a gap year and the folk music of her upbringing with finesse and conviction.

85% 1 month ago

Northern Transmissions Northern Transmissions

Rogers is well on her way to inhabit the bright spotlights of stardom with her affecting lyrics, strong vocals, and gorgeous soundscapes of dance floor filling tunes.

80% 1 month ago

Glide Magazine Glide Magazine

Heard It In A Past Life sees a more polished Rogers, 24, who has tapped into electro-pop instrumentation to colour her folk song stories.

70% 1 month ago

Newcastle Herald (AU) Newcastle Herald (AU)

Her debut proves sweet vulnerability is a mainstream attraction.

1 month ago

DiandraReviews DiandraReviews

Maggie Rogers has something, you can also hear that on her pop debut 'Heard It in a Past Life'.

70% 1 month ago

humo (BE) humo (BE)

On ‘Heard It In A Past Life’, Maggie is explosive, emotional, and vulnerable.

100% 1 month ago

Dork Dork

The record finds a way of making her atypical pop sit comfortably in the mainstream, offering something genuinely new.

80% 1 month ago

DIY Magazine DIY Magazine

This thoughtfully constructed and often enchanting record manages to mark itself out from the crowd. [Feb 2019, p.110]

80% 1 month ago

Q Magazine Q Magazine

The whole thing is deeply marketable--but there's an authenticity in Rogers that needs more space to breathe. [Feb 2019, p.92]

60% 1 month ago

Mojo Mojo

It’s a stepping stone, a moment of reconciliation and recollection from a talent who is just about to surge ahead.

60% 1 month ago

The Skinny The Skinny

Heard It In A Past Life succeeds as a proclamation of authenticity and musicality, with enough melody and energy to truly cement Maggie Rogers’ place amongst the best of today’s indie pop.

70% 1 month ago

Sungenre Sungenre

On the intoxicating ‘Heard It In A Past Life’, Rogers sounds in love with art, nature and life itself.

80% 1 month ago

New Musical Express (NME) New Musical Express (NME) (TOP)

If anything, this record is a formal announcement: Maggie Rogers is here to stay.

83% 1 month ago

Consequence of Sound Consequence of Sound

Now primed to kickstart the year with a vibrant collection of songs – hints of Bjork, Adele, and Sigrid indicate notable mainstream success – there is much to recommend Rogers’s take on electro-pop.

60% 1 month ago

The Irish Times The Irish Times (TOP)
User Reviews (5)

Lila7420032 months ago
Obsessed! I don’t even have words to describe the music and feelings it evokes. Saw her on SNL and that girl took me to church! Heart of Joni Mitchell with dance beats that propel it to a level I haven’t seen! I’m forever a fan.

mpa12633 months ago
I'm not the type of person to write reviews but... this album is OUTSTANDING. The close and sometimes uncomplementary harmonies are what drew me in. Her music is next level. Peaceful and haunting at the same time, there is so much coexisting in each song. She doesn't have a voice that initially blows you away, but the passion, soul, and art in each piece is what will make her a superstar. I can't wait to hear whats next.

Can’t Stop Going To See Her! Saw her twice this week and she plays the whole album. I saw her in DC a few weeks back and now I’m dying to hear the songs over and over.

Felicia Hollinden3 months ago
love it okay maggie no one asked you to make amazing music go off

Idcabruh4 months ago
So beyond proud How far you have come Mag is incredible. This album is going to be an album that flows to each song and I’m so here for it. It’s going to be the most humbling and expressive journey listening and I cannot wait !!
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