AOTY 2018
KEN mode - Loved
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
2018 Ratings: #115 / 706
User Score
Based on 50 ratings
2018 Ratings: #350
August 31, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
New Damage, Season of Mist / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
Exclaim!

This record is not a reimagining of the band or a fresh start. Loved is an exercise in moulding what KEN Mode has always been good at into a perfect soundtrack for these times of great political uncertainty.

80
PopMatters

This dynamic between the traditional hardcore punk groove and the post-hardcore aesthetics is a key element of Loved, and sees the band balance between the two throughout the record.

80
AllMusic

While the more casual listener will find this heavy going, fans of the band, and of noise rock in general, are going to be stoked.

80
Spectrum Culture

It’s not a depressing jam: Raging against all of the horrors of the world may ultimately be futile but it doesn’t mean we can’t try a little bit of anger and a whole lot of rage to get through the dark nights of the soul.

frienderman
NR
Cocoa Sugar by Young Fathers no longer has the scariest album cover of the year
kneelthedivine
74
If you ever want a group of 7 years olds to collectively shit their pants, play them this album.
folii
96
First listen and this album made me so hyped i threw my headphones across my room and started punching my desk and walls. Feathers and Lips has probably the best intro to any song i've ever heard. BULLY COWARD I AM FILLED WITH THIS OVERWHELMING INSTINCT THAT I CAN BREAK YOUUUU SHREDDED LIGAMENTS BONE BY BONE BY BONEE
liammenzies
54
I just felt completely underwhelmed by this album - I could tell it was really trying to build up to something and I’m certain there will be those who loved this album because it reached those heights it teased but in this reviewer’s eyes, it just felt a bit aimless.
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#37/Decibel

Track List

  1. Doesn't Feel Pain Like He Should
  2. The Illusion of Dignity
  3. Feathers & Lips
  4. Learning to Be Too Cold
  5. Not Soulmates
  6. Very Small Men
  7. This is a Love Test
  8. Fractures in Adults
  9. No Gentle Art
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Added on: June 8, 2018