Cupid Deluxe

Blood Orange - Cupid Deluxe
Critic Score
Based on 26 reviews
2013 Ratings: #245 / 960
User Score
Based on 318 ratings
2013 Ratings: #130
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.

musicmagpie55
78
Cupid Deluxe blew my mind the first time I heard it. I love the diversity of styles and voices on the album. Devonté Hynes makes music that sounds vital. I particularly like the Caroline Polachek duet 'Chamakay,' their voices sound mystical when layered on top of each other. This album doesn't have the narrative edge that later records would have, but I love how fun this record is throughout!
Crimson00
65
Pretty decent album but I cant see why its rated so high. Sometimes blood oranges performance really messes up the tracks and I dont know its a little bit overrated.
EntryIncomplete
78
Cupid Deluxe's sound does certainly wear a little thin by the end, but it's still a major improvement from Blood Orange. For pretty straight, world music influenced funk and new wave, this is pretty fucking good. I really like how layered and dense tracks like Chamakay and It Is What It Is are.

Also, just the variety and the amount of featured voices on this thing is really impressing me. It almost seems like BO is trying his best to create a love letter to all the fabulous, glittery, almost ... read more
MinatoArisato
45
Kind of disappointing. The sound is there but with very little substance or growth. Most of this is just kind of the same.

Best Track: Always Let U Down
Worst Track: High Street
holsgr
81
( ☆☆☆☆ ) solid and highly recommended project
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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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