Heart Ache/Dethroned

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Heart Ache/Dethroned
Jesu - Heart Ache and Dethroned.jpg
The Heart Ache side of the CD gatefold compilation. Photograph by Justin Broadrick, photo treatment by Faith Coloccia.
Compilation album by Jesu
Released 16 November 2010 (2010-11-16)
Recorded 2004–2010
Genre Post-metal, experimental metal[1]
Length 68:19
Label Hydra Head (HH666–197)
Producer Justin Broadrick
Jesu chronology
Opiate Sun
(2009)Opiate Sun2009
Heart Ache/ Dethroned
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 79/100[2]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[3]
The A.V. Club A-[4]
Pitchfork 7.6/10.0[5]
PopMatters 6/10[6]
Punknews.org 3.5/5 stars[1]
Spin 8/10[7]

Heart Ache/Dethroned is a compilation album by the Welsh band Jesu. Released on 16 November 2010 through Hydra Head Records, it combines the band's out-of-print, debut 2004 EP Heart Ache with a previously unreleased EP titled Dethroned.[8] Jesu founder, Justin Broadrick, began working on Dethroned around the same time as Heart Ache in 2004, but was not completed until 2010.[9] Broadrick said the release of Dethroned took so long because he didn't want it to be a stand-alone EP and was waiting for the right album with which to combine it. Broadrick chose a reissue of Heart Ache to pair with Dethroned because they were written around the same period and contained similarities to his previous band, Godflesh. He said, "Both Heart Ache and Dethroned, for me, contain a huge amount of Godflesh to some extent, it's that period when the ghost of Godflesh still somewhat influenced the Jesu sound and songwriting."[10]

Heart Ache/Dethroned scored a 79/100 on Metacritic based on 8 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews."[2] Thom Jurek of Allmusic gave the album four out of five stars stating that, "What the Dethroned half of this nearly 70-minute set reveals is that Jesu is still breaking new ground. Contrasted with Heart Ache, this new double EP is an excellent introductory portrait of the project, past and present."[3] While Leor Galil of PopMatters gave the album a 6/10 stating that, "Combining a brilliant debut with some never-heard, once-unfinished songs is clearly a move made with diehard Jesu fans in mind. But, for the curious and casual music listeners, it's the record's shorter songs that, oddly enough, are the least listenable."[6]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Jesu.[11]

Disc 1: Heart Ache[edit]

  1. "Heart Ache" – 19:42
  2. "Ruined" – 20:14

Disc 2: Dethroned[edit]

  1. "Dethroned" – 7:12
  2. "Annul" – 7:16
  3. "Aureated Skin" – 6:46
  4. "I Can Only Disappoint You" – 7:09

Japanese bonus track[edit]

  1. "I Can Only Disappoint You" (extended dub) – 9:42


Heart Ache/Dethroned adapted from CD liner notes.[11]



  • Justin Broadrick – production, mixing


  • Justin Broadrick – photography
  • Aaron Turner – design
  • Faith Coloccia – photo treatments, design assistance


  1. ^ a b Jelone (December 7, 2010). "Review: Heart Ache/Dethroned". Punknews.org. Retrieved August 28, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Heart Ache/Dethroned Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved August 28, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Jurek, Thom. "Heart Ache/Dethroned – Overview". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved August 28, 2013. 
  4. ^ Heller, Jason (December 14, 2010). "Review: Heart Ache/Dethroned". The A.V. Club. The Onion. Retrieved August 28, 2013. 
  5. ^ Currin, Grayson (November 22, 2010). "Review: Heart Ache/Dethroned". Pitchfork. Retrieved August 28, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b Galil, Leo (November 16, 2010). "Review: Heart Ache/Dethroned". PopMatters. Retrieved August 28, 2013. 
  7. ^ Gross, Joe (November 16, 2010). "Review: Heart Ache/Dethroned". Spin. Spin Media. Retrieved August 28, 2013. 
  8. ^ Hughes, Josiah (October 14, 2010). "Jesu Readies Heart Ache/Dethroned Double EP". Exclaim!. Retrieved August 28, 2013. 
  9. ^ Paul, Aubin (October 13, 2010). "Media: Jesu: 'Annul'". Punknews.org. Retrieved August 28, 2013. 
  10. ^ Debenedictis, Matt (November 29, 2010). "Justin Broadrick Revisits 'the Ghost of Godflesh' on Jesu Reissues". Noisecreep. Townsquare Media. Retrieved August 28, 2013. 
  11. ^ a b Heart Ache/Dethroned (Media notes). Jesu. Hydra Head Records. 2010. CD gatefold. HH666–197. 

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