AOTY 2019
KEN mode - Loved
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
2018 Ratings: #122 / 736
User Score
Based on 68 ratings
2018 Ratings: #306
August 31, 2018 / Release Date
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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.

notbuzzzila
91
PHENOMENAL

Like Messa's Feast For Water, I didn't get to Loved when it was released in 2018, but better late than never. Prior to this album, I was a casual fan of KEN mode--I thought albums like Entrench and Success were great--but Loved turned me into a huge fan. KEN mode are now one of my favorite noise rock bands of the 2010's, and honestly, possibly one of the greatest of the past few decades.

Loved did to me what You Won't Get What You Want did to so many others. Sure, I like ... read more
frienderman
NR
Cocoa Sugar by Young Fathers no longer has the scariest album cover of the year
StephenWinter
64
Album cover of the year.
HalfsourDyl
92
can someone tell this ken guy to calm down
kneelthedivine
74
If you ever want a group of 7 years olds to collectively shit their pants, play them this album.
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Year End 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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