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Kill For Love

Chromatics

Kill For Love

Fourth album and first for five years from the Oregon synthpop quartet led by multi-instrumentalist, producer and label boss Johnny Jewel

ADM rating[?]

8.2

Label
Italians Do It Better
UK Release date
29/05/2012
US Release date
26/03/2012
  1. 10.0 |   music OMH

    The scope of Kill For Love is one that words can’t adequately capture, but the imagination it fires can. Wilful, startling and effortless, we have a winner
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  2. 9.5 |   BBC

    While the record works just fine as an ad for Jewel’s considerable soundtrack smarts, Kill for Love is also one of the finest records to surface this year
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  3. 9.1 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    Heart strings and brain cells swaying in concert with a masterful conductor
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  4. 9.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    This is a modern masterpiece, it’s as simple as that
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  5. 9.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    With Kill For Love, it almost feels like Jewel’s true thesis, as if he’s strung together all his ideas, feelings, and sounds into one colossal being that acts less like an album and more like a highly organized archive
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  6. 9.0 |   AU Magazine

    Complex, deep and marked by obsession, Kill For Love is a world unto itself
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  7. 9.0 |   Prefix

    It’s the kind of magnetic work that makes everyone else look off their game. Its power and poise never ceases for 90 wonderful minutes. It’s infinity trapped inside a record-sleeve, never has the world ended so tenderly
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  8. 9.0 |   All Music

    This is the kind of album you don't so much listen to as live inside while it's playing
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  9. 8.7 |   Pitchfork

    It's not just a collection of hits; it's an album, one that gives the project's familiar nocturnal foreboding a new sense of grandeur
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  10. 8.5 |   hhv.de mag

    The perfect ending of a fantastic party in the metropolitan light of dawn. With your sunglasses on, of course
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  11. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    A majestic effort
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  12. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    For the vast majority of its runtime, Kill for Love nails the very specific shade of baroque melodrama that Chromatics, and particularly Johnny Jewel, have been chasing for the last five years
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  13. 8.0 |   Bowlegs

    This is one sprawling opus of a record – each track a shard of glacial pop sent floating into the vaporous atmosphere by way of careful design and attention
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  14. 8.0 |   Beats Per Minute

    Dark, dense, and often detached
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  15. 8.0 |   Pop Matters

    A heavy-hearted but eternally romantic midnight road movie for the mind that’ll haunt you long after those taillights fade
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  16. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    Chromatics are ever conscious of how the movement of time can shape the way we listen to a song, and are masters at manipulating that to their advantage
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  17. 8.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

    There’s a melancholy mood that continues where Night Drive left off, a little darker now, with just a touch more bitterness in the bittersweet
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  18. 8.0 |   Paste Magazine

    Kill for Love is a great tribute to the grueling power of fatigue, an album that turns a dearth of ideas into a virtue
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  19. 8.0 |   Slant Magazine

    Kill for Love is a great tribute to the grueling power of fatigue, an album that turns a dearth of ideas into a virtue
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  20. 8.0 |   Entertainment.ie

    A dark and seductive cocktail of electro pop - give it the patience it deserves, and it might just reveal the shimmering beauty within
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  21. 7.0 |   NME

    Plays with the attention to detail of an art-house movie
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  22. 7.0 |   No Ripcord

    It’s a handsome work, but it really could have done with a bit of judicious editing
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  23. 5.8 |   A.V. Club

    Superficially, this is an exciting proposition, on par with M83’s pastel-hued channeling of John Hughes’ widescreen teen angst. But on Kill, the tracks blend together into a flat, echo-drenched concoction
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