- Stage Four

Touché Amoré - Stage Four
CRITIC SCORE
83
Based on 10 reviews
2016 Rank: #25 / 722
USER SCORE
79
Based on
97 ratings

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91
A.V. Club

It’s a painful record and one that becomes just as personal to its listeners as it is to its maker, thanks in part to the scene’s connective tissue.

90
Exclaim!

The album is a passionately written and deeply moving meditation on loss, and Touché Amoré have never been better as a band.

90
Drowned in Sound

Stage Four is quite possibly Touché Amoré’s best album yet. They have once again one–upped themselves into crafting a fierce record which would do all their families proud.

90
The 405
Few albums this year, if any, have felt more capable of telling such vivid, striking stories with such clarity and palpable emotion.
81
Pitchfork

Its vivid imagery, anthemic arrangements, and unsuspecting listenability position it as hardcore’s Carrie & Lowell: an autobiographical tragedy that soars in spite of an overwhelming urge to succumb.

80
The Needle Drop
Touché Amoré returns with an incredible, emotionally potent concept on their fourth album.
75
The Line of Best Fit

Stage Four is an exercise in catharsis and self examination of what it means to lose someone close to you, but instead of being dragged down into a spiralling bleakness, it's is an album that ultimately feels resolutely life-affirming.

70
PopMatters

Bolm puts himself out there in a way unlike ever before, and his bandmates make sure to keep the music as gripping as the poignant narrative that unfolds on Stage Four.

67
Consequence of Sound
They might not have changed much, but they sure know how to use their formula.
Sep 29, 2016
EMR
74
Touché Amoré are far from newcomers. At the stage the band (and the whole screamo scene) is in, little was to be expected for a new record in their rich and dramatic discography. The fact is that, Stage Four is not only a more than welcome addition to that catalogue, but a one-of-a-kind piece, highly confessional and intimate, bringing to mind some of the band's earlier works. Frontman Jeremy Bolm's performances shine bright amongst the band's very intense, passionate instrumental ... read more
Oct 13, 2016
80
Stage Four reminds of Sufjan Steven's Carrie & Lowell, but with mores straight to the point verses, heartfelt vocals and a concept that will break you in tears. I wasn't too optimistic with this album because I thought that Touché Amoré were going to bring generic emo and post-hardcore rock, however, I was greatly surprised with the amount of depth that these guys got in the production and overall writing. It doesn't take more than two songs to really get into the sad story of ... read more
Sep 18, 2016
sebascors
90
Uno de los álbumes conceptuales más efectivos y devastadores que haya escuchado.
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LP / Format
Epitaph / Label
Post-Hardcore / Genres
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Track List
  1. Flowers and You
  2. New Halloween
  3. Rapture
  4. Displacement
  5. Benediction
  6. Eight Seconds
  7. Palm Dreams
  8. Softer Spoken
  9. Posing Holy
  10. Water Damage
  11. Skyscraper


Added on: June 21, 2016