Palo Santo

Years & Years - Palo Santo
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
2018 Ratings: #12 / 547
User Score
Based on 262 ratings
2018 Ratings: #367
July 6, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
Polydor / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Dork

In a time when we’re still being told the album as a format is dead, ‘Palo Santo’ presents the perfect solution. A stunning, complete work, it’s also packed with playlist ready moments ... it’s a one-take greatest hits in waiting.

100
DIY
An overwhelmingly intimate record that makes you wonder just what Years & Years could be capable of next.
100
NME
Filthy, sexy, thoroughly debauched pop at its finest; ‘Palo Santo’ feels like a magical album.
90
The Line of Best Fit

An album that sees Years & Years revisit the musical, lyrical and aesthetic concerns of their debut and refresh them with unprecedented confidence and self-knowledge.

80
The Independent

He is offering his fans their own generational pop icon: a young man who has the courage to put all of that vibrant, dynamic character on full display.

80
The Guardian

London-based trio’s nimble new album expands their ambitions in adrenaline-filled songs of heartbreak smothered with self-destruction.

80
musicOMH
The sounds and textures of their debut album are being developed, pushed, elaborated on, and in a year when artists like Janelle Monáe are shaping the sound of queer music stateside, Years & Years offer a blueprint for UK pop that carries on the lineage of Pet Shop Boys and George Michael but is also forward-thinking and connected to the broader scene.
80
The Observer

If Years & Years are no longer the homegrown three-piece of Communion, the application of industry formulae and fiddly overproduction actually suits them, making for chart-pop whose emotional analytics are worthy of all the drama of these treatments.

80
Drowned in Sound

It is a pleasure ... to say that Palo Santo is smarter, bolder, and catchier than its predecessor and better in almost every way.

80
God Is in the TV

Palo Santo has Years & Years neatly avoiding the pitfalls other artists have gone down on their second albums. They’ve neither lost their identity by reinventing their sound, l nor repeated the formula with inferior results.

80
Clash
When Years & Years get it right, there’s no-one to touch them in the current UK pop landscape.
80
Under The Radar
This is not a self-consciously arty departure for Years & Years. They are still a pop group at heart and this record sells itself primarily on its hooks, which are plentiful.
80
AllMusic

Years & Years' superb sophomore album, 2018's Palo Santo, is a dynamically realized production, rife with religious imagery and themes of sex, love, and devotion, all pulsing with a bright sense of dance club absolution.

65
Pitchfork

Palo Santo is a promising sophomore album because it evolves past the sound of the band’s debut. But at its low points, the record lacks the bite to drive home the razor’s-edge duality of sacred and profane that Alexander seems to thrive on.

Jul 7, 2018
PatrickL0419
65
You know, as far as mainstream dance-pop goes, this ain't all that bad. It's got some groovy tracks and pretty passionate vocal work. Much better than CHVRCHES new record, but a little less cerebral than the new Lets Eat Grandma. A good middle ground if you're looking to get your dance tunes in.

FAVOURITE TRACKS: SANCTIFY, HALLELUJAH, RENDEZVOUS, LUCKY ESCAPE, PALO SANTO
LEAST FAVOURITE TRACK: IF YOU'RE OVER ME
Jul 10, 2018*
matteo
66
The British press is out of their minds on this one. Communion was a much stronger album, and there is nothing on Palo Santo that comes close to matching the highs of "King," "Desire," "Eyes Shut," "Shine," or "Real". The 'dark' songs like "Sanctify" sound like Justin Timberlake doing the PG-13 version of Nine Inch Nails, the 'light' ones like "If You're Over Me" arrive two years late for the trop-pop pool party that took ... read more
Jul 17, 2018
JoaoSantos
51
Almost this whole album sounds painfully average. Despite the amazing production (the beats are amazing!!!) there are no new ideas and everything just sounds kinda generic. The vocalist is relaly annoying at some points. Would play it in a party tho. It would be a decent 6 in a real good day.

Favorite Tracks: Sanctify, Hallelujah, Up In Flames

Least Favorite Tracks: Rendezvous, Here
Jul 6, 2018*
Plats
82
Beautiful, sexy, and hooky. “Palo Santo” shows what pop is like when done right! And Years and Years’ musicianship is a testament to that fact!

Fav Tracks: All For You, Karma, Sanctify, If You’re Over Me, Rendezvous, Hallelujah, Hypnotised, Howl

Least Fav Track: Here

Score:
8.2
Great
Jul 12, 2018
Tsareena
68
Most of the tracks are just above average. Nothing really stood out enough for me. I guessed as much from the singles but the reviews made me think something amazing was hidden in this. The melodies are too familiar, the lyrics are on the surface and the themes explored are nothing new
Fave: Preacher
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Track List

  1. Sanctify
  2. Hallelujah
  3. All For You
  4. Karma
  5. Hypnotised
  6. Rendezvous
  7. If You're Over Me
  8. Preacher
  9. Lucky Escape
  10. Palo Santo
  11. Here
  12. Howl
  13. Don't Panic
  14. Up in Flames


Added on: April 26, 2018