Cupid Deluxe

Blood Orange - Cupid Deluxe
Critic Score
Based on 26 reviews
2013 Ratings: #243 / 952
User Score
Based on 246 ratings
2013 Ratings: #119
November 18, 2013 / Release Date
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Domino / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

85
Pitchfork

With Cupid Deluxe, he channels those vagabond emotions into something universal and inviting—an album that tenderly details various heartaches through the language of longing. 

80
DIY

Cupid shoots his heart-decorated arrow straight for the bullseye. A lot of this record might come off crass, its romance too obvious - but that's the point.

80
The Fly

Hynes has taken the ‘Losing You’ template and run with it, like Frank Ocean if he were possessed by Prince, splashing around in a syrupy pool of slick synths, slap bass and SBTRKT-like tribal beats.

80
The Line of Best Fit

Hynes’ decision to collaborate broadly on Blood Orange proves a masterstroke in terms of the record’s diversity

80
Spin

Packed with these canny connections between music and lyrics, Cupid highlights Hynes' tremendous recent advancement as an arranger.

75
Pretty Much Amazing

Blood Orange’s sound is shaping up to be one of the most intriguing and important in pop today, and this sophomore effort is a promising progression for an artist who deserves more of the spotlight, but probably won’t ever demand it.

70
AllMusic

He's an artist with ideas and while they sometimes pile up and crash on Cupid Deluxe, it's always a spectacular crash, and that's something worth investigating.

70
Consequence of Sound

Though the second half of Cupid Deluxe occasionally meanders and loses the immediacy of the first four songs, there are bright spots throughout. Hynes’s production is top notch, providing crisp treatments for his diverse, moody, NYC-inspired pop songs.

70
Drowned in Sound

Cupid Deluxe is arguably Hynes' finest work and an improvement on his debut release but he shouldn't be afraid to place himself centre stage instead of hiding behind a host of guest appearances.

70
Under The Radar

After quality work bearing other artists' names, the latest Blood Orange album is evidence that Hynes cuts no corners when it comes to his own efforts.

70
The 405

Cupid Deluxe is probably Dev Hynes' most accomplished and intricate release to date. It's also the most wonderful kind of retro-pop you're likely to hear this year.

70
FACT Magazine

Beyond the uneasy percussion, reverb-drenched guitar and wisps of vocals, too many songs on Cupid Deluxe come off as sketches, the “leftovers” (his word) of his songwriter-for-hire gigs.

60
PopMatters

Nothing on Cupid Deluxe reaches the same streamlined, lovelorn, economical heights as his production work for other singers. 

60
NME

Without other singers to carry the songs, it has all the caramel-smooth sex of a melted Magnum. Elsewhere, when Hynes is left to his own devices, it gets ickier.

bertdrew
79
1. Chamakay - 8.5
2. You're Not Good Enough - 9.5
3. Uncle Ace - 8.0
4. No Right Thing - 8.0
5. It Is What It Is - 8.5
6. Chosen - 9.0
7. Clipped On - 8.0
8. Always Let U Down - 8.0
9. On The Line - 7.5
10. High Street - 7.5
11. Time Will Tell - 7.5
52
An interesting new-soul album with a new bursts of boredom throughout. Dev Hynes has several styles to his genre abundant catalog, but unfortunately this album plays a little too close to the snooze button for a relisten. Definitely not a project worth a lot of praise, but there’s definitely some sounds that have stuck out and stayed around since this album’s release. Not a bad project, but it definitely felt like it was missing energy.
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PatrickL0419
70
A large bulk of Blood Orange's Cupid Deluxe threatens to drown itself in a wave of revivalist nostalgia, but a few standout tracks with warm, fuzzy instrumentation and funky grooves save the album from being a complete bore. An inconsistent vocal palette permeates the record quite noticeably however, largely due to the amount of guest features present, in contrast with his last album under the Blood Orange moniker. I find the latter half of the record also tends to drag the listener through the ... read more
gssantanaa
90
This is sexy, this is 80s, this is emotional, this is clever and beautiful.
Bang
93
One of my most listened to albums. I keep coming back for those tasty bass riffs and soft vocals.
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Track List

  1. Chamakay
  2. You're Not Good Enough
  3. Uncle Ace
  4. No Right Thing
  5. It Is What It Is
  6. Chosen
  7. Clipped On
  8. Always Let U Down
  9. On The Line
  10. High Street
  11. Time Will Tell
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Added on: October 30, 2013