AOTY 2017
Aromanticism
Moses Sumney - Aromanticism
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2017 Ratings: #75 / 653
Year End Rank: #35
User Score
Based on 144 ratings
2017 Ratings: #49
Your Review

CRITIC REVIEWS

91
Consequence of Sound

Like a hyper-layered painting that’s simultaneously subdued or a thin piece of literature whose words puncture your heart, Aromanticism overwhelms with its ability to put weary emotions into words and then wring emotion from them once again.

90
The 405

Aromanticism is an album that is heartfelt and heartbreaking, and, from the opening chorals to the closing moments of ‘Self Help Tape’, is an album like no other.

86
Pitchfork

Aromanticism’s quietude and calm sensitivity deliver a musical detoxification from the exhausting stream of information that now constitutes a normal day of news.

85
Northern Transmissions

Aromanticism is the realisation of a promising talent that manages to make a meaningful statement on love, both romantic and platonic.

80
Exclaim!

With Aromanticism, Moses Sumney creates a harmonious world in which he speaks from a position that isn't often recognized. Sumney approaches the complexities of relationships, power structures and an inability to experience romantic love with a quiet, powerful confidence.

80
Under The Radar

Throughout, Sumney's gifted voice is a constant source of fascination and pushes the beauty of Aromanticism to triumphant heights.

80
The Guardian
On a concept album about lovelessness, he creates a cavernous feeling of loneliness using soundscapes similar to those Nigel Godrich explores.
80
Clash
Some may argue that ‘Aromanticism’ is style over substance, certainly his sentiments run the risk of evading the listening, such is the beauty of the dreamscape he weaves. Yet as you revisit the record, the case for being ‘aromantic’, has never sounded so fully realised, so complete and so utterly inviting.
70
Loud and Quiet
Moses Sumney’s debut album for Jagjaguwar comes as close to capturing the transient, longing liminality that is the experience of looking for love in the twenty-first century as anything I’ve ever heard.
70
Crack Magazine

As such, Aromanticism is a pensive journey through dreamlands but also incredibly candid.

70
The Line of Best Fit

Bereft of any shine or polish, Aromanticism is a piercing debut collection of songs of remarkable intensity.

70
No Ripcord

Aromanticism is downright beautiful but is also too enamored with its sensual aura, which sometimes exposes his uneven vocal acrobatics. Still, it’s a revealing first taste from an artist who’s been hiding his innate talent for far too long.

Sep 3, 2017*
aaron
69
I feel this will be the R&B AOTY.

Update:
Nope.
Oct 2, 2017
pouls
62
An enjoyable debut album coming from Moses Sumney. Here, the art pop singer displays some potential for his following releases, with an album that brings forth a toned down and rather relaxing sound, complemented with Sumney's beautiful vocals. Some of the songs here a bit one-dimensional and I'm not always impressed with what he comes through with here, but this is still a decent and enjoyable album, and a slight breath of fresh air in the current art pop scene.
Sep 26, 2017
92
beautiful, other-worldly electro-folk that comes across as something far more sure of itself than a typical debut album - one of the top 10 albums of 2017
Nov 3, 2017
TheMightyKow97
90
Top 5 of 2017, without a doubt. Absolutely stunning, and never gets old. It's gorgeous, compelling, spacious, and capturing. Can be listened to casually, or with full attention.
Oct 18, 2017
plowo
84
Aromanticism is a sensible but raw portrait of the love interactions nowadays. All songs were well built to represent this loveless generation.

Favs: Don't Bother Calling, Plastic, Quarrel, Lonely World and Doomed.
Track List
  1. Man on the Moon (Reprise)
  2. Don't Bother Calling
  3. Plastic
  4. Quarrel
  5. Stoicism
  6. Lonely World
  7. Make Out in My Car
  8. The Cocoon-Eyed Baby
  9. Doomed
  10. Indulge Me
  11. Self-Help Tape
Contributions By
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Added on: July 10, 2017