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Utopian Ashes

Bobby Gillespie & Jehnny Beth

Utopian Ashes

Collaboration between Primal Scream's Bobby Gillespie and the Savages' Jehnny Beth with contributions from Johnny Hostile and Primal Scream's Martin Duffy, Andrew Innes, and Darrin Mooney

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  1. 9.0 |   Gigwise

    One of 2021’s most unexpected delights
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  2. 8.5 |   Under The Radar

    Though Gillespie and Beth both break from their established styles on Utopian Ashes, they strike on something truly special in the process — a bountiful collaborative relationship and a resulting record of powerful drama and sweeping instrumental beauty
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  3. 8.0 |   All Music

    By pushing each other out of their comfort zones, Beth and Gillespie make Utopian Ashes an unabashedly theatrical - and consistently entertaining - look at falling out of love
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  4. 8.0 |   Clash

    Aiming to pin down essential emotions in a personal way, ‘Utopian Ashes’ succeeds beyond their imaginations – a crisp, entrancing song cycle, it’s unaffected feel helps it linger long in the memory
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  5. 8.0 |   DIY

    A set which takes its cues from the laws of straight-up rock, country and a pinch of Motown
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  6. 8.0 |   musicOMH

    Not about the war, but its aftermath; not break-up album, more broken-up album. Here lies a stately triumph
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  7. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    The songs cut deeply and coherently into adult relationships as they simmer and immolate
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  8. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    Utopian Ashes is far from a perfect album, but it is a defiantly good one
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  9. 8.0 |   Uncut

    The most emotionally mature and fully realised work Gillespie has delivered in years, laying grainy, soulful, impassioned vocals over sumptuously old-school chansons clothed in vintage orchestral country-rock arrangements. Print edition only

  10. 8.0 |   Mojo

    It's not easy listening, but profoundly engaging and redemptive. Print edition only

  11. 8.0 |   The Observer

    The Primal Scream frontman trades brashness for contemplation in this rewarding collaboration with the former Savages singer
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  12. 8.0 |   American Songwriter

    Whether this is the beginning of an extended musical partnership or just a one-off, it’s a powerful and rewarding album. That’s especially the case for those who have been through the more challenging parts of the broken relationship mill
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  13. 8.0 |   NME

    Rock'n'rollers singing heartbroken country duets? It sounds dystopian on paper – but this thoughtful collaboration both surprises and delivers
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  14. 7.3 |   Pitchfork

    Feigning coupledom, the two singers offer a fictionalized divorce album modeled after the tear-jerking country, soul, and pop duets of yesteryear. They flirt with camp without ever succumbing to it
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  15. 7.0 |   Northern Transmissions

    They might be singing about breaking up, but hopefully, there’s more to come from their creative partnership
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  16. 6.0 |   Evening Standard

    Although they eschew familiar tropes, both artists have made more gripping work than this before
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  17. 6.0 |   The FT

    Primal Scream’s singer and his Savages counterpart join for a side project solidly cast in the mould of bygone duet albums
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  18. 6.0 |   Rolling Stone

    With moments of beauty and a few songs that make you want to scream primally, the collaboration never rises to either artist’s full potential
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  19. 5.4 |   Spectrum Culture

    Dig deep and you'll find an album that strives to be something greater than a one-off collaboration of two seemingly incompatible artists
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  20. 4.0 |   Crack

    Too self-involved, stuck inside its own four walls, to have anything to say outside of them
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