Chromatics - Kill for Love

Chromatics - Kill for Love
CRITIC SCORE
81
Based on 20 reviews
2012 Rank: #43 / 801
USER SCORE
81
Based on
157 ratings

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100
musicOMH

Kill For Love shows that synth/dream/chill/call-it-what-you will pop can be as visceral as rock; the synth as driven and nuanced as the guitar, perhaps more so. 

90
Consequence of Sound

With Kill For Love, it almost feels like the man’s true thesis, as if he’s strung together all his ideas, feelings, and sounds into one colossal being that acts less like an album and more like a highly organized archive.

90
The 405

The album is such an entirely immersive experience from the beginning to the end that it seems somehow inappropriate to assert the superiority of one track over another.

90
Drowned in Sound

These opening six songs are as good as it gets, and if there were four or five more, this would be the album of the year, for sure.

87
Pitchfork

It'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. 

80
Beats Per Minute

Kill for Love‘s pop numbers are leaps and bounds better than almost anything else released this year, and when the album pulls away from them, it can’t help but lose quite a bit of its strength.

80
PopMatters

Kill for Love is a heavy-hearted but eternally romantic midnight road movie for the mind that’ll haunt you long after those taillights fade.

80
Under The Radar

With a clear opening and finale, upbeat moments and downbeat ones, romance, tragedy, and plot twists, Kill for Love feels less like an album and more like a feature film. 

70
FACT Magazine

Kill For Love matures with each listen, and there’s enough craftsmanship at work to more than compensate for the more listless moments.

58
A.V. Club

On Kill, the tracks blend together into a flat, echo-drenched concoction of Radelet’s blank Nico croon and guitars borrowed from The Cure’s Disintegration

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User Reviews
SiberianBreaks
76
While this album is wayyyyyy too long and has a reasonable amount of filler, I just find myself going back to it a lot. I love the atmosphere with the synths and guitar and the intimate vocals. The album is pretty slow moving and sounds like some 80's synthpop album you would listen to while driving at night. It's over-bloated, but a pleasant listen overall.

Favourite tracks: Into the Black, Kill for Love, Back from the Grave, Lady, The Streets Will Never Look the Same, Candy, Running from the ... read more
Tom Simmons
70
Fav Tracks: Kill For Love, These Streets Will Never Look The Same, Back From The Grave, The River, Lady, The Page

Least Fav Track: Birds Of Paradise
Siamak
90
It's just like an explosin in the dark, you don't even know where to run. Tracks one after another are amazing.
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DETAILS

March 26, 2012 / Release Date
LP / Format
Italians Do It Better / Label
Synthpop / Genres
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END OF YEAR LISTS
# 28 - AllMusic
# 18 - BBC
# 2 - Beats Per Minute
# 29 - Clash
# 17 - Cokemachineglow
# 21 - Consequence of Sound
# 14 - DIY
# 21 - Exclaim!
# 16 - FILTER
# 1 - Gorilla vs. Bear
# 4 - musicOMH
# 28 - No Ripcord
# 17 - Obscure Sound
# 28 - Pazz & Jop
# 8 - Pitchfork
# 10 - PopMatters
# 7 - Pretty Much Amazing
# 6 - Slant
# 14 - Stereogum
# 22 - The 405
# 13 - The Guardian
# 47 - The Line of Best Fit
# 41 - The Quietus
# 12 - Under the Radar
Track List
  1. Into the Black 
  2. Kill for Love 
  3. Back From the Grave 
  4. These Streets Will Never Look the Same 
  5. At Your Door 
  6. Lady 
  7. Flashback 
  8. Running From the Sun 
  9. Dust to Dust 
  10. Birds of Paradise 
  11. Electricity 
  12. Baby 
  13. The River
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Added on: March 26, 2012