Closer to Grey

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Closer to Grey
Chromatics - Closer to Grey.png
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 2, 2019 (2019-10-02)
LabelItalians Do It Better
ProducerJohnny Jewel
Chromatics chronology
Kill for Love
Closer to Grey
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[2]
Consequence of SoundB[4]
The Guardian3/5 stars[6]
The Line of Best Fit8.5/10[7]
No Ripcord7/10[8]
Slant Magazine4/5 stars[11]

Closer to Grey is the seventh studio album by American electronic music band Chromatics, released through Italians Do It Better without prior announcement on October 2, 2019.[12] It is their first album in seven years, and follows the continuing delay of Dear Tommy, originally teased in 2014.[13]


The title track, "Closer to Grey", was released in 2014 through Johnny Jewel's SoundCloud.[14] The first track, "The Sound of Silence", is a cover of the Simon & Garfunkel song.[15] The tenth track, "On the Wall", is a cover of The Jesus and Mary Chain song.

Track listing[edit]

1."The Sound of Silence" (Simon & Garfunkel cover)3:16
2."You're No Good"4:52
3."Closer to Grey"2:44
4."Twist the Knife"3:27
5."Light as a Feather"3:36
6."Move a Mountain"3:12
7."Touch Red"5:12
8."Through the Looking Glass"1:42
9."Whispers in the Hall"3:24
10."On the Wall" (The Jesus and Mary Chain cover)8:21
11."Love Theme from Closer to Grey"2:40
12."Wishing Well"3:20
Total length:45:46

Critical reception[edit]

Year-end rankings[edit]

Year-end and decade-end lists
Publication Accolade Rank Ref.
Afisha Daily (Russia) The Best Foreign Albums of 2019


  1. ^ "Reviews for Closer to Grey by Chromatics". Metacritic. Retrieved October 5, 2019.
  2. ^ Thomas, Fred. "Chromatics – Closer to Grey". AllMusic. Retrieved October 3, 2019.
  3. ^ Doherty, Jack. "Chromatics - Closer To Grey". Clash. Retrieved October 9, 2019.
  4. ^ Piccirillo, Angie. "Chromatics Introduce Next Sonic Chapter with Closer to Grey". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved October 7, 2019.
  5. ^ Hill, Eric. "Chromatics - Closer To Grey". Exclaim!. Retrieved October 10, 2019.
  6. ^ Snapes, Laura (October 4, 2019). "Chromatics: Closer to Grey review – darkly glamorous pop outsmarts imitators". The Guardian. Retrieved October 5, 2019.
  7. ^ Horton, Ross (October 3, 2019). "Chromatics' surprise return is as thrilling as we've come to expect". The Line of Best Fit. Retrieved October 3, 2019.
  8. ^ Rodriguez, Juan Edgardo. "Chromatics - Closer to Grey". No Ripcord. Retrieved October 7, 2019.
  9. ^ Bote, Joshua (October 4, 2019). "Chromatics Return From the Dead with an Album that Sees Them Go Toward the Light". Paste. Retrieved October 5, 2019.
  10. ^ Fallon, Patric (October 12, 2019). "Chromatics: Closer to Grey Album Review". Pitchfork. Retrieved October 14, 2019.
  11. ^ Lemmon, Kyle (October 8, 2019). "Review: Chromatics's Closer to Grey Resplendently Charts the Passage of Time". Slant Magazine. Retrieved October 14, 2019.
  12. ^ Wilson, Scott (October 1, 2019). "Chromatics to release new album Closer To Grey tomorrow". Fact. Retrieved October 2, 2019.
  13. ^ Breihan, Tom (October 1, 2019). "A New Chromatics Album Is Out At Midnight — But Not Dear Tommy". Stereogum. Retrieved October 2, 2019.
  14. ^ Cetin, Melissa (October 1, 2019). "Chromatics unveil Closer To Grey, their first album in seven years". Resident Advisor. Retrieved October 2, 2019.
  15. ^ Hughes, Josiah; Thiessen, Brock (October 1, 2019). "Chromatics Release New Album 'Closer to Grey'". Exclaim!. Retrieved October 2, 2019.
  16. ^ "Лучшие зарубежные альбомы 2019 года" [The Best Foreign Albums of 2019]. Afisha Daily. December 26, 2019.