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Twin Shadow


George Lewis Jr. returns with his second album, following up his first highly acclaimed collection of synth pop, Forget

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  1. 10.0 |   The Skinny

    Some will no doubt argue its retro-locked horizons are frustratingly narrow; the rest of us will clasp it close
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  2. 9.1 |   A.V. Club

    It’s a strong follow-up to Forget and a seasonal album that will last long after the summer ends
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  3. 9.0 |   AU Review

    One of 2012’s best releases to date, Confess is a thrilling listen that manages to sound concurrently fresh and nostalgic
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  4. 9.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    An album about love and lust behind the bleachers, in the dark of a multiplex, on the back of a motorcycle, in bathroom cubicles, under the neon glare of America’s bright lights - and it’s wholly, wholly brilliant
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  5. 8.6 |   Pitchfork

    He's the cocky, successful, brutally honest lothario who almost always gets his comeuppance in cinema and is verboten in indie rock. But this is pop music where the bad guy wins
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  6. 8.3 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    Lewis owns the eighties aesthetic as if it the entire decade of music existed to be the vehicle for his discontent
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  7. 8.0 |   NME

    At its core this is brilliantly slick, dapper rock-pop
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  8. 8.0 |   The Scotsman

    A collection of dynamic, crystal clear synth lines and punching drum machine beats straight out of the 1980s
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  9. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    It’s the romance of R‘n’B fuel-injected with the passion of rock ‘n’ roll
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  10. 8.0 |   BBC

    Impressively high-octane pop with an icy heart
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  11. 8.0 |   Uncut

    An impeccable sequel to an immaculate debut. Print edition only

  12. 8.0 |   Slant Magazine

    Confess jettisons Forget's sense of caution for adventure and a greater spectrum of genres, making it an altogether superior effort, and one of the few modern indie releases that handles its '80s reverence with dexterity
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  13. 8.0 |   musicOMH

    Confess is an album that marks a real step forward for George Lewis Jr. As the cover image suggests this album is Twin Shadow baring his soul. As such, it works tremendously well
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  14. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    Lewis says Confess was inspired by a return to his motorbike, having previously stopped riding following an accident. It's certainly captures that exhilaration
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  15. 8.0 |   Bowlegs

    This is a grand gesture of pop brimming with more than just electronics; there is a heavy dose of heart and soul in there too, which is exactly what I want from my pop
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  16. 8.0 |   DIY

    A largely cohesive record that is steeped in lustful atmosphere
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  17. 8.0 |   The Fly

    There may be a slew of hopefuls in contention for the shimmering retro crown, but ‘Confess’ is ample ammunition to fight them off
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  18. 8.0 |   The Observer

    He's shameless in going for the pop jugular at times – see the brazen key change on Be Mine Tonight – but there's a tricksy intelligence at work here too
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  19. 8.0 |

    This is lovingly crafted, pop brilliance at its best. It cannot be too long before the world wakes up to one of pop music's best kept secrets
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  20. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    With the needle still stuck firmly in the 1980s, Confess is the stuff of synth dreams, anchored by Lewis' croon that manages to evoke both Peter Gabriel's hearty tenor and Morrissey's emotive phrasing
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  21. 8.0 |   All Music

    Like an actual confession, this album is equally bold and vulnerable, and all the more real and appealing because of that
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  22. 7.6 |   Beats Per Minute

    Twin Shadow has released another album of unpretentious, catchy synthpop, this time around with a bit of a hard rock edge thrown into the mix
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  23. 7.5 |   Prefix

    Keeping the music simultaneously lush and light is a good choice for songs that prominently feature people moving too fast and making weighty decisions that would seem reckless if they weren’t so endearingly passionate
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  24. 7.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    Though the truly memorable moments may be a little spare, the tracks are intricately layered, sleek, and super-charged, and they’re strong enough to differentiate from the mass of ’80s copycats
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  25. 7.0 |   Spin

    Gauzy synths from the 'Top Gun' soundtrack, yearning melodic swoons from the Smiths, pervasive nostalgia from now
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  26. 7.0 |   Tone Deaf

    An album that distils the raw greatness of 80s. Not just the huge pop melodies, but the characteristic overblown melodrama that fuelled its songs and films
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  27. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    He collapses Prince, Depeche Mode and Corey Hart into a richly schlocky LP
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  28. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    The usual suspects of ‘80s synth-pop hedonism—antiseptic guitar reverb, saccharine keyboards, deceptively simple (or just plain simple) post-punk rhythms—are piled on while Lewis’s vibrant vocals, by turns brooding and effusive, shoulder more of the melodic burden than before
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  29. 6.0 |   Mojo

    Lewis hasn't topped 2010's masterful Forget, but he has proved it was no fluke. Print edition only

  30. 6.0 |   No Ripcord

    Lewis has masterfully captured what the debut lacked, but there’s hardly a moment when the heavier production and delivery does not evoke M83 or TV on the Radio
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  31. 6.0 |   Clash

    Fitfully good
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  32. 5.0 |   The Digital Fix

    Doesn’t quite match up to his talent, and it will leave you sitting uncomfortably on the edge of your seat
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  33. 4.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    ‘Confess’ is retro heavy in the worst way
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  34. 4.0 |   Q

    Too often, these songs feel as though they're being executed with an arched eyebrow. Print edition only

  35. 2.0 |   The Quietus

    I don't need this empty, vacuous, alternative pap music
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