We Will Always Love You

The Avalanches

We Will Always Love You

Third album from the Melbourne plunderphonics duo, and second in four years following their 2000 debut, features several collaborators including Blood Orange, Tricky, Leon Bridges, Johnny Marr, MGMT, Neneh Cherry, Jamie xx, Karen O, Kurt Vile and Mick Jones

ADM rating[?]

8.0

Label
EMI
UK Release date
11/12/2020
US Release date
11/12/2020
  1. 10.0 |   The Independent

    On a 25-track album with remarkably little filler, Robbie Chater and Tony de Blasi have forged a mature, miasmic exploration of their concept of ‘forever voices’
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  2. 10.0 |   The Irish Times

    Chater and Di Blasi masterfully convey the possibility that there’s more to life than we dare to think
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  3. 10.0 |   Sungenre

    They actually sound carefree and exultant, blessed by music’s ability to cleanse the spirit and soul
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  4. 9.6 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    When it seems like there's no reason to go on, when everything's broken, when you are hit harder than you can imagine by loss, listen to this - a practically perfect record

  5. 9.0 |   Slant Magazine

    The album is entranced by the prospect of resurrecting forgotten ghosts.
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  6. 9.0 |   Clash

    Strings swell, beats pound and synths conjure a world from afar, resulting in an experience that never fails to hold your attention. It’s an album that’s somehow halfway between DJ mix and a greatest hits compilation, and arguably the best of The Avalanches’ trio of releases thus far
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  7. 8.5 |   Under The Radar

    The most impressive thing about the record is the way it simultaneously exists as a collection of pristine singles and a complete whole. Half the 25 tracks sound great on their own, the rest connecting into something different and no less impressive
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  8. 8.5 |   The Quietus

    When they’re in this mood, The Avalanches are an accomplished singles band. But it’s the touches of genius, the glue in the gaps, that show them at their best, as they always have
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  9. 8.3 |   Consequence Of Sound

    The sampledelica odyssey is one of the truest quarantine albums we’ve heard all year
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  10. 8.1 |   Pitchfork

    The Australian group’s ambitious third album overflows with ideas, samples, guests, and sheer stimuli. In their sparkling music, every sound feels like a treasured memory
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  11. 8.0 |   musicOMH

    We Will Always Love You is an emotional rollercoaster, and a lovingly put-together tapestry that signals The Avalanches entering the 2020s as vibrant as ever
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  12. 8.0 |   No Ripcord

    We Will Always Love You is an impressive mediation on everything that matters, and of letting go of what doesn’t. Nevermind a normal band being able to create this; a normal band wouldn’t even attempt it
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  13. 8.0 |   The Observer

    The Melbourne duo meticulously stitch together an array of guests and samples on their rewarding third album
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  14. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    It's a different kind of majesty from a band haunted by their monumental, defining debut, 2001's Since I Left You. By opening their sound to new collaborators and the wide expanse of the sky, the Avalanches have found a way to move forward, alone but together
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  15. 8.0 |   Vinyl Chapters

    While it broadly falls into the category of candy-box psychedelia and hip-hop, We Will Always Love You is resolutely exultant art-pop, cooked up like an introspective, reflective essay on loss, long distances and transcendence
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  16. 8.0 |   The Music

    While each guest brings something unique to the mix, The Avalanches have produced a collection of songs that bristle with emotion and quite soulfully pushes out deeply positive messages of love and hope
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  17. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Karen O, Rivers Cuomo and Blood Orange are among the many guests on the crate-digging duo’s excellent third LP
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  18. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    A meticulous and infectious third outing
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  19. 8.0 |   Uncut

    A necessary treat amid a turbulent, uncertain climate. Print edition only

  20. 8.0 |   All Music

    Overall, the guest artists are more attuned here with Chater and Di Blasi, who were seemingly burdened much more by sample licensing than by commercial expectations. Pocket some tissue and hold tight
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  21. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    The Avalanches' eye for detail can deliver monumental emotional impact
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  22. 8.0 |   DIY

    A hopeful look forward
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  23. 8.0 |   NME

    The production duo narrow the gap between releases on their third album in two decades. The meditative tone suggests they'll continue to go the distance
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  24. 8.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    Though it’s messy, flawed, and in need of an editor in places, We Will Always Love You is a beautiful and heartbreaking album that was worth the comparatively short wait
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  25. 7.7 |   Paste Magazine

    The Australian group is contemplative but still lively on their third album
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  26. 6.7 |   Beats Per Minute

    With some trimming, We Will Always Love You might have been a victory lap, but instead it feels like The Avalanches would have been better off taking another decade to fine-tune it
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  27. 6.0 |   PopMatters

    The Avalanches as a collaborative pop project isn't a bad look, but the guests here embarrass themselves in too many ways, mostly through vague polemics
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  28. 5.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    The Avalanches may be reaching for the stars with this album but We Will Always Love You rarely gets to cloud height
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  29. 4.0 |   The FT

    The album’s blend of voices is meant to resemble signals beamed out into the cosmos
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