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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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86%
    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 (72)

The album feels so natural and seamless.

80% 4 months ago

Substream Magazine Substream Magazine

The new album tells a story we haven't heard before: Rogers according to Rogers.

4 months ago

NYLON NYLON

Heard It in a Past Life is an encouraging chapter in what will hopefully be a very long musical career.

80% 4 months ago

Albumism Albumism

“Heard It in a Past Life” is a collection of buoyant electronic pop songs.

4 months ago

The New York Times The New York Times (TOP)

Not everything fires on all cylinders, but it’s pleasing to see a promising talent starbound at last.

60% 4 months ago

Daily Mail Online Daily Mail Online (TOP)

Life, road, nature and perennial change are the perfectly calculated cornerstones of "Heard It in a Past Life".

75% 4 months ago

IndieForBunnies IndieForBunnies

A new caliber of pop music, Heard it in a Past Life is cathartic, captivating and consistent; an extraordinary album that strives from start to finish.

4 months ago

BeatRoute BeatRoute

It deals with themes of heartbreak and happiness, uncertainty and growth, all rolled into lyrically evocative songs that stir something in you.

95% 4 months ago

Beat Magazine Beat Magazine

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

5 months ago

The Saturday Paper The Saturday Paper

Rogers continues to showcase herself as an exciting new talent.

5 months ago

The Current The Current

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

60% 5 months 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% 5 months 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.

5 months 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.

5 months ago

Soundigest Soundigest

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

5 months 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% 5 months ago

Immortal Reviews Immortal Reviews

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

5 months ago


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

5 months 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% 5 months 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.

5 months 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% 5 months 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% 5 months 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% 5 months 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% 5 months 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% 5 months ago

lautde lautde

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

5 months 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.

5 months 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% 5 months 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.

5 months ago

Nialler𝟫 Nialler𝟫

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

5 months ago

Atwood Magazine Atwood Magazine

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

5 months 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% 5 months 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% 5 months 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.

5 months 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% 5 months 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.

5 months 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% 5 months 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.

5 months 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.

5 months 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.

6 months 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.

6 months 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% 6 months 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% 6 months 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% 6 months ago


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

6 months 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% 6 months ago

Dansende Beren Dansende Beren

Constantly self-reflecting pop music.

50% 6 months 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% 6 months 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% 6 months 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% 6 months 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.

6 months ago

The Associated Press The Associated Press (TOP)

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

6 months 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% 6 months 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.”

6 months ago

UPROXX UPROXX

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

88% 6 months 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% 6 months 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% 6 months 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.

6 months 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% 6 months 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% 6 months 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% 6 months ago

Newcastle Herald (AU) Newcastle Herald (AU)

Her debut proves sweet vulnerability is a mainstream attraction.

6 months ago

DiandraReviews DiandraReviews

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

70% 6 months ago

humo (BE) humo (BE)

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

100% 6 months ago

Dork Dork

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

80% 6 months 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% 6 months 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% 6 months 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% 6 months 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% 6 months ago

Sungenre Sungenre

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

80% 6 months 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% 6 months 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% 6 months ago

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

Lila7420037 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.

mpa12638 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 Hollinden8 months ago
love it okay maggie no one asked you to make amazing music go off

Idcabruh9 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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