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Black Metal 2

Dean Blunt

Black Metal 2

Sequel to the 2014 album from the London-born experimental R&B artist and ex-Hype Williams member

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  1. 9.0 |   Crack

    The most consistent Dean Blunt record to date. Black Metal 2 is an intimate, engrossing, all-too-brief successor to an album that helped bat away accusations of arch-pranksterism. Black Metal shocked with its (seeming) sincerity; Black Metal 2 delights with it
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  2. 8.1 |   Pitchfork

    The sequel to 2014’s beloved Black Metal is a brief but thrilling project from the mercurial artist, featuring the most approachable music of his career.
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  3. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Overall, it’s a charming and concise release, compounding a sharply honed and long-gestating formula, sure to appeal to and beyond the core Dean Blunt fanbase
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  4. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    If BLACK METAL 2 is less Blunt-as-provocateur and more Blunt-as-storyteller, then both longtime fans and brand-new listeners owe him the opportunity to paint that morose picture in equal measure
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  5. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    Another confounding work of avant-indie weirdness
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  6. 8.0 |   The Quietus

    Seven years after the first instalment, Dean Blunt’s Black Metal sequel makes a gorgeous addition to the oeuvre of Hackney’s master art-pop prankster
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  7. 7.9 |   Beats Per Minute

    BM2 is what might be dubbed a ‘mood project’, the listener enrolled in dreamy tones, hypnotic textures, and intriguing obliquities more so than catchy melodies or choruses (though BM2 does in fact offer a sprinkling of conventional hooks)
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