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I Break Horses


Debut album from Swedish shoegaze duo Maria Lindén and Fredrik Balck

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  1. 9.0 |   DIY

    Redefining the confines of the genre, and as a result creating one of the very best debut albums of the year
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  2. 8.1 |   Beats Per Minute

    Vigorously alive and intensely engrossing
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  3. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    Easily one of the best debuts — and possibly one of the best albums — of the year
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  4. 8.0 |   musicOMH

    You won't like everything they have to say, but if you share their goals then you'll also love how they get there. This is one to embrace
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  5. 8.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Largely written by Maria Lindén, in the grand tradition of Cocteau Twins and Talk Talk it's a distinctly feminine sound – grand and powerful, yes, but never pushy or overbearing
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  6. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    May gain some right/wrong comparisons to labelmates Beach House or bygone band Slowdive, but Hearts is a gorgeous debut all their own
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  7. 8.0 |   The Observer

    Heady, sumptuously textured soundscapes that pulse with feeling.
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  8. 7.2 |   Pitchfork

    Frustrating or effortlessly pleasing depending on your ability to see doing only "pretty" as an admirable endgame
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  9. 7.0 |   No Ripcord

    In spite of the complacency of the later tracks, there are enough stellar moments here to make it worth keeping an eye out for I Break Horses
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  10. 7.0 |   NME

    Think M83 in cardigans whispering careless nothings into your pillow-muffled ears
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  11. 7.0 |   The Fly

    Though sometimes a little one-paced, this is as promising a debut as they come
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  12. 7.0 |   BBC

    No moulds are broken here, but the occasional breeze drummed up by the couple’s galloping minds is in many ways cool
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  13. 7.0 |   Bowlegs

    This is a very tight album. If anything duff arrived it has been carefully snipped away and consigned to the bin
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  14. 6.0 |   Mojo

    More experience than straightforward listen, Hearts beats with emotion. Print edition only

  15. 6.0 |   Uncut

    A promising opening gambit. Print edition only

  16. 6.0 |   Q

    It's a captivating exquisite sound, even if it is a little morbid. Print edition only

  17. 6.0 |   Clash

    It’s hard to know where I Break Horses begin and their walls of sound end
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