Kill for Love

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Kill for Love
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Studio album by Chromatics
Released March 26, 2012 (2012-03-26)
Genre Synth-pop
Length 77:35
Label Italians Do It Better
Producer Johnny Jewel
Chromatics chronology
In the City
(2010)In the City2010
Kill for Love
(2012)
Dear Tommy
(2017)Dear Tommy2017
Singles from Kill for Love
  1. "These Streets Will Never Look the Same"
    Released: June 23, 2013[1]

Kill for Love is the fourth studio album by American electronic music band Chromatics, released on March 26, 2012 by Italians Do It Better. On May 7, 2012, a drumless version of the album, containing 11 songs with no percussion, was made available by the band for free download.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 80/100[3]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[4]
The A.V. Club C+[5]
The Boston Phoenix 3.5/4 stars[6]
Consequence of Sound A−[7]
Drowned in Sound 9/10[8]
NME 7/10[9]
Pitchfork 8.7/10[10]
PopMatters 8/10[11]
Slant Magazine 4/5 stars[12]
Spin 8/10[13]

Kill for Love received generally positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 80, based on 18 reviews.[3] AllMusic critic K. Ross Hoffman wrote that the album "maintains an impressively high level of quality and emotional resonance throughout", adding that "just about everything" on the album is "inarguably effective, and starkly beautiful in its simplicity".[4] Drowned in Sound's Sean Adams praised its "scale and ambition" and dubbed it "a modern masterpiece",[8] while BBC Music's Alex Denney named it "one of the finest records to surface this year".[14] Jesse Cataldo of Slant Magazine viewed Kill for Love as "a great tribute to the grueling power of fatigue, an album that turns a dearth of ideas into a virtue."[12] Rowan Savage of Tiny Mix Tapes felt that the band had avoided "the slavish pastiche all too common in our retromaniac era", praising the album as "entirely novel yet instantly recognizable."[15]

Marc Hogan of Pitchfork commented that the album "boasts some of the most engrossing synth-pop songs so far this year", adding that "[i]t's not just a collection of hits; it's an album, one that gives the project's familiar nocturnal foreboding a new sense of grandeur."[10] Austin Trunick of Under the Radar noted its "meticulously well thought-out" sequencing and remarked that it "feels less like an album and more like a feature film."[16] Now's Benjamin Boles called the album "strikingly epic" and concluded that "as a more condensed pop album it could also be a strong statement, but the languid pacing and excess of empty space make the perfect frame for the singalongs."[17] In a mixed review, Erik Harvey of The A.V. Club dubbed Kill for Love an "ambitious work", but felt that "the tracks blend together into a flat, echo-drenched concoction of Radelet's blank Nico croon", concluding that "it's probably worth just waiting for the movie [Drive]."[5]

Accolades[edit]

Publication List Rank
AllMusic Best of 2012[18] 28
BBC Music Top 25 Albums of 2012[19] 18
Clash The Top 40 Albums of 2012[20] 29
The Top 100 Albums of Clash's Lifetime[21] 81
Consequence of Sound Top 50 Albums of 2012[22] 21
DIY Albums of 2012[23] 14
Drowned in Sound Favourite Albums of 2012[24] 3
Exclaim! Best Albums of 2012[25] 21
Filter Top 10 of 2012[26] 16
Guardian, TheThe Guardian Best Albums of 2012[27] 13
musicOMH Top 100 Albums of 2012[28] 4
Pitchfork The Top 50 Albums of 2012[29] 8
The 100 Best Albums of the Decade So Far (2010–2014)[30] 44
PopMatters The 75 Best Albums of 2012[31] 10
Quietus, TheThe Quietus Albums of the Year 2012[32] 41
Slant Magazine The 25 Best Albums of 2012[33] 6
Stereogum Top 50 Albums of 2012[34] 14
Under the Radar Top 100 Albums of 2012[35] 12
Village Voice, TheThe Village Voice Pazz & Jop[36] 28

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Into the Black" Neil Young 5:23
2. "Kill for Love"
3:58
3. "Back from the Grave" V 3:43
4. "The Page"
3:36
5. "Lady" V 5:08
6. "These Streets Will Never Look the Same"
  • Miller
  • V
8:37
7. "Broken Mirrors"
  • Nat Walker
  • V
7:04
8. "Candy"
  • Miller
  • V
2:30
9. "The Eleventh Hour" V 3:28
10. "Running from the Sun"
  • Miller
  • V
7:07
11. "Dust to Dust"
  • Miller
  • V
2:41
12. "Birds of Paradise"
  • Miller
  • Radelet
  • V
4:26
13. "A Matter of Time" V 5:06
14. "At Your Door"
  • Miller
  • V
3:53
15. "There's a Light Out on the Horizon"
  • Walker
  • V
4:45
16. "The River"
  • Miller
  • V
6:10
Total length: 77:35

Charts[edit]

Chart (2012) Peak
position
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[38] 67
Belgian Alternative Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[38] 32
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[39] 93
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[40] 27
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[41] 42
US Dance/Electronic Albums (Billboard)[42] 11
US Top Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[43] 4

References[edit]

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