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Closer To Grey


Closer To Grey

Fifth album and first in seven years from the Portland, Oregon electronic band produced by Johnny Jewel

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  1. 9.0 |   Clash

    With Closer to Grey, the group have created a near-perfect piece of 21st century pop escapism. So, the next time world’s weighing you down, you know what to do. Reach for your turntable. Chromatics have got your back
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  2. 9.0 |   musicOMH

    Everything is ordered, nothing is left to chance, and there’s a clear path of progression. For the chilly yet soothing soundworld it conjures, it is endlessly replayable. Medicine never tasted this good
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  3. 8.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Sure, Closer to Grey is great, but so is everything else Johnny Jewel’s crew release – go find out for yourselves. They’ll be the best single-dollar transactions you ever make
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  4. 8.4 |   Paste Magazine

    Closer To Grey plays with these ambiguities in their sound, letting the light in and embracing the possibilities of the world outside them
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  5. 8.0 |   Slant Magazine

    Another haunting synth-pop house of mirrors that transcends mere nostalgia
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  6. 8.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    It’s always impressive when a band is actually able to live up to the expectations they’ve set by their absence
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  7. 7.5 |   Consequence Of Sound

    With incredible growling synths and Johnny Jewel’s undeniably fantastic, experimental production elements, Closer to Grey is the unexpected sonic growth spurt we didn’t see coming from Chromatics
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  8. 7.5 |   Under The Radar

    Whatever Jewel turns his hand to, the results are almost always compelling and perhaps it might be wise to regard Closer to Grey as a musical aperitif to a main course that will hopefully arrive in the shape of Dear Tommy in the not too distant future
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  9. 7.1 |   Pitchfork

    Chromatics set their surprise “seventh” album at the witching hour, telling a sometimes-muddled tale of heartbroken lovers reaching out to the spirit realm
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  10. 7.0 |   No Ripcord

    Closer to Grey feels like a fully-fleshed concept, and it should be considered the long-awaited follow-up to Kill for Love fans have been clamoring for for years
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  11. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    Smart production, corrupted sounds and existential dread set Kill for Love’s successor apart from schlockier 80s pop reincarnations
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