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Beautiful Thing

Alexis Taylor

Beautiful Thing

Fourth solo album from the Hot Chip front man produced by DFA Records co-founder Tim Goldsworthy

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  1. 10.0 |   The Skinny

    Drawing from a number of influences, Beautiful Thing is a wondrous optimistic float through space
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  2. 9.0 |   music OMH

    A collection of songs that muse on music, love and creativity, and which harness the spirit of rave’s collective energy within a more muted, introspective shell
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  3. 8.0 |   Uncut

    A satisfying whole that demonstrates Taylor's mastery of his peculiar strain of zonked late-night soul. Print edition only

  4. 8.0 |   Q

    In a career already dotted with peaks, this is definitely another. Print edition only

  5. 8.0 |   Record Collector

    Beautiful Thing’s blend of ambition and emotion shows that Taylor could genuinely make whatever he wants – sometimes that’s the trouble and sometimes that’s the difference. Our loss, our gain
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  6. 7.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    It’s the country-esque ‘Oh Baby’ that’s the real highlight of this album. Opening with skewed electronics and pounding piano chords, it’s jubilant and driving, a slice of Americana spiced up by Taylor’s natural songwriting skill and timeless falsetto
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  7. 7.0 |   Clash

    An impressive, if uneven addition to his already stellar discography
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  8. 6.0 |   The Quietus

    Taylor is waving a tiny white flag from the empty, mid-2000s dancefloor of his mind and it brings a curious air of non-commitment from the outset
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  9. 6.0 |   Mojo

    Until Hot Chip's mothership heaves back into view, Taylor's emotive, immersive solo output will tide things over nicely. Print edition only

  10. 6.0 |   NME

    NEW The Hot Chip singer's fourth solo album shows glimpses of his most pulsating and intriguing work to date
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  11. 5.0 |   Slant Magazine

    Throughout, Alexis Taylor is prone to polar extremes of either mopey self-doubt or contrived affirmation
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