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Blue Lips
Tove Lo - Blue Lips.png
Studio album by
Released17 November 2017 (2017-11-17)
RecordedOctober 2016 – July 2017
Genre
Length44:24
LabelIsland
Producer
Tove Lo chronology
Lady Wood
(2016)
Blue Lips
(2017)
Sunshine Kitty
(2019)
Alternative cover
2018 vinyl reissue with Lady Wood
2018 vinyl reissue with Lady Wood
Singles from Blue Lips
  1. "Disco Tits"
    Released: 7 September 2017
  2. "Bitches"
    Released: 7 June 2018

Blue Lips (alternatively titled Blue Lips (Lady Wood Phase II) and stylised as BLUE LIPS [lady wood phase II]) is the third studio album by Swedish singer Tove Lo. It was released on 17 November 2017 by Island Records.[1] Blue Lips is considered the second half of a two-piece concept album that describe "highs, lows and ultimate demise of a relationship."[2] Its chapters "Light Beams" and "Pitch Black" succeed the chapters "Fairy Dust" and "Fire Fade" from her previous album Lady Wood (2016).[3]

In addition to the return of songwriter-producers such as The Struts, Ali Payami and Joe Janiak, the album features new collaborations with Alex Hope and Lulou, among others. Daye Jack is the only featured artist on the album. Musically, the album has been described as "sharply conceived dance-pop"[4] and it is noted to follow the "hypnotizing electro-pop vein" of the preceding album.[5]

A short film by the same name was released on 19 October 2018 to accompany the album.[6]

Background and recording[edit]

Tove Lo's previous album, Lady Wood, was released on 28 October 2016 to positive critical reviews and fair commercial success, with it eventually becoming her highest-charting album in the United States to date. In press interviews in support of the album's release, Tove Lo alluded to another album of thematically similar material slated for release the following year that was tentatively titled Lady Wood: Phase II.[7] In early 2017, Tove Lo began the Lady Wood Tour in further support of the album, and during press interviews she said she was working on new material to be included with the portion that was already recorded during the Lady Wood sessions.[8]

The Blue Lips track "Bitches", originally titled "What I Want for the Night (Bitches)", was previewed through Tove Lo's short film Fairy Dust in October 2016[9] and a live version was released through Spotify in November 2016.[10] Tove Lo also previewed the track "Struggle" (then titled "The Struggle") during her performance at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in April 2017.[11]

During the months leading up to the album's release, Tove Lo said that thematically Blue Lips would be a "dramatic" and "highly emotional" sister to Lady Wood,[12] and it would have two contrasting chapters: "Light Beams" and "Pitch Black".[2] The album's official title was announced in conjunction with its lead single "Disco Tits" on 7 September 2017.[13] The album's artwork was released on Tove Lo's social media on 31 October 2017.

Release[edit]

Tove Lo began teasing the release of her third studio album since the release of Lady Wood in 2016. During January 2017 she suggested that the album would be released in the spring of that year,[14] but on 31 October 2017 she confirmed that Blue Lips would be officially released on 17 November 2017.[15] On the night of the album's release, Tove Lo hosted a release party concert at Elsewhere in Brooklyn, New York City.[16]

Singles[edit]

The lead single "Disco Tits" as released on 7 September 2017.[13] It reached #55 in Tove Lo's native Sweden, and topped the United States Dance Club Songs Chart.[17][18]

Tove Lo announced a remix of "Bitches" featuring ALMA, Charli XCX, Elliphant and Icona Pop as the second single from Blue Lips.[19] It was released on June 7, 2018.[20]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic74/100[21]
Review scores
SourceRating
DIY4/5 stars[22]
Financial Times4/5 stars[4]
Metro3/5 stars[23]
The Observer3/5 stars[24]
Pitchfork7.1/10[25]
Renowned for Sound4.5/5 stars[26]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[27]

Blue Lips received generally positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has an average score of 74 based on six reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[21]

Frank Guan of Vulture called Blue Lips "the best album of her career" and said that "it’s indisputable that the tracks on Blue Lips hit harder than their predecessors".[28] Will Hermes, in his short review of the album for Rolling Stone, stated "Like much of Tove Lo’s work, it’s admirably uncensored, but may leave you craving a shower, however close to home it lands".[29] Cameron Cook of Pitchfork noted that "Blue Lips is not a straight-up disco record, but Lo uses that genre’s soft focus sheen to recall an era grown from the sexual liberation of the ’60s, while sheltered from the excesses of the ’80s". He praised the "LIGHT BEAMS" section of the album but criticized "romantics", stating that ""romantics," with its trendy trap beats and distorted vocals, pale slightly next to the wild ride of the album’s first half".

Year-end lists[edit]

Critic/Publication List Rank Ref.
Rolling Stone 20 Best Pop Albums of 2017 13 [30]
Melty Best Pop Albums of the Year
7

Track listing[edit]

Blue Lips[32]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Light Beams"
  • Tove Lo
  • Ludvig Söderberg
  • Jakob Jerlström
The Struts1:07
2."Disco Tits"
  • Lo
  • Söderberg
  • Jerlström
The Struts3:43
3."Shedontknowbutsheknows"
  • Lo
  • Söderberg
  • Jerlström
The Struts3:16
4."Shivering Gold"
  • Lo
  • Söderberg
3:35
5."Don't Ask Don't Tell"Payami3:46
6."Stranger"
  • Lo
  • Niklas Ljungfelt
  • Payami
Payami3:54
7."Bitches"
  • Lo
  • Payami
Payami2:17
8."Pitch Black"
0:53
9."Romantics" (featuring Daye Jack)
  • Lo
  • Jack
  • Söderberg
  • Jerlström
  • Loules
  • Gustmann
  • Lulou
  • Gustmann
3:31
10."Cycles"
The Struts3:28
11."Struggle"
  • Lo
  • Söderberg
  • Jerlström
The Struts3:46
12."9th of October"
  • Lo
  • Söderberg
  • Jerlström
The Struts3:25
13."Bad Days"
  • Lo
  • Gustav Weber Vernet
Vernet3:26
14."Hey You Got Drugs?"Hope4:18
Total length:44:24

Notes

  • The album's chapter introductions, "Light Beams" and "Pitch Black", are stylized in all-caps as "LIGHT BEAMS" and "PITCH BLACK", respectively.
  • The tracks' titles are stylized in all-small letters. For example, "Don't Ask Don't Tell" appears as "don't ask don't tell", "Disco Tits" as "disco tits", and "Hey You Got Drugs?" as "hey you got drugs?".
  • "Disco Tits" features additional vocals by Fat Max Gsus.

Charts[edit]

Chart (2017) Peak
position
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[34] 78
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[35] 86
New Zealand Heatseeker Albums (RMNZ)[36] 4
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[37] 39
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[38] 15
US Billboard 200[39] 138

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format(s) Label Ref.
Various 17 November 2017 Island [40]
17 December 2018 LP (with Lady Wood) [33]

References[edit]

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