European Heartbreak

Amber Arcades - European Heartbreak
Critic Score
Based on 11 reviews
2018 Ratings: #482 / 735
User Score
Based on 46 ratings
2018 Ratings: #485
September 28, 2018 / Release Date
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Heavenly / Label
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The Skinny

There’s not a single track on European Heartbreak that isn’t a beautifully composed, shining picture postcard of emotion.

Northern Transmissions

In her exploration of Americana, Amber Arcades fleshes out the personal stories that made the tones we recognize so memorable to begin with.

The Guardian

European Heartbreak has a lovely, human optimism, and leaves a warm glow and a feeling that all things – however uncomfortable – eventually pass.


It’s an album in tune with sometimes grim social realities but one which doesn’t get wrapped up in them, privileging lovely tunes and a broad appeal. ‘European Heartbreak’ is a triumphant wodge of sparkling pop.


Some may be turned off by the sheer melancholy on European Heartbreak, and yearn for the drive and verve of songs like It Changes. Yet, for anyone who enjoys soaking in sorrow, this makes for perfect listening.

No Ripcord

European Heartbreak is a maturing of de Graaf as an artist; her lyricism is smarter and sharper, the instrumentation ambitious and grand.

God Is in the TV

The sophisticated and breeziness of the blues-piano-brass-folk sound reminiscent of Natalie Prass, Weyes Blood and the honky-tonk moments of Foxyen, the wanderlust music videos, the touristy album cover and the adventure-seeking lyrics make the record sound like a nice long road journey.


Her second album contains a real maturation of sound, which sees Arcades at her most self-assured.


Full of lilting indie-pop, often swelling with trumpets, string sections and a sense of wistfulness, ‘European Heartbreak’ sounds nostalgic for a dream, the realisation of which has long since passed.


It's just not as interesting or ultimately successful as Fading Lines, and it while it does contain a few songs that could be split off and saved, it mainly goes to show that she makes for a better melancholy dream pop artist than a singer/songwriter with her toes dipped in Americana and soft soul.

Under The Radar

While there is nothing unpalatable on European Heartbreak, there is also some intangible ingredient missing from the music.

I really liked this album, this is not a genre that I'm used to hearing but for some reason I fell in love with it. I think that this is one of the most chill albums I've ever heard.
From the first listen my favorite tracks are: Goodnight Europe, I've Done Best,Something's Gotta Take Your Lover Away and Where Did You Go.
I really feel like this is one of those albums that makes you feel calm and takes your anxiety away. I recommend everyone to hear ... read more
“European Heartbreak” is an altogether lovely album that sees Amber Arcades' Annelotte de Graaf pulling together her musical vision a bit more tightly than on her dreamy but occasionally lightweight debut “Fading Lines.” de Graaf’s voice is as woozy and wistful as ever, but the shimmer of her past arrangements has been stripped away. Instead, she pivots towards the sort of Northern soul-influenced brand of indie pop that was really popular about twelve years ago, ... read more
It's relaxing and stuff but it may be TOO relaxing... Idk
Production is generally great and Amber has some good melodies but her vocals are very monotonous and leave most of the songs feeling empty. Still a bit enjoyable
Faves: Baby, Eternity, Oh My Love, Hardly Knew
Not quite the standout performance I was hoping for. It's a rather boring indie effort yet again.
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Track List

  1. Simple Song
  2. Hardly Knew
  3. Oh My Love (What Have We Done)
  4. Goodnight Europe
  5. Alpine Song
  6. I've Done the Best
  7. Self-Portrait in a Car at Night
  8. Something's Gonna Take Your Love Away
  9. Antoine
  10. Where Did You Go
  11. Baby, Eternity
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