Acts of Fear and Love

Slaves - Acts of Fear and Love
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
2018 Ratings: #51 / 676
User Score
Based on 62 ratings
2018 Ratings: #437
August 17, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
Virgin EMI / Label
Suggest a Genre
Abuse of this feature may prevent future contributions from your account.
Your Review


They’ve still got songs that will burst your eardrums and make you want to punch your best mate, but with their third album, they finally feel like a three-dimensional outfit, rather than a one-trick pony.
The Independent

What marks this album out from Slaves’ first two records is the range Holman and Vincent have proven they possess: where 2016’s Take Control ... felt like one big raging scream, Acts of Fear And Love sees the band showing their sensitive side as well.

Musically, ‘Acts Of Fear And Love’ is the most accomplished of Slaves’ three albums, switching things up and pulling off new sounds without losing sight of the band’s DNA.
The Line of Best Fit
For a duo who, for some reason, have found the world covering them with a scrutinising and polarising reaction, they're far more adept at widening our eyes than most realise, with a vicious soundtrack to boot. This pair are one of the most exciting and forward-charging rock bands currently active.
After releasing two albums in such quick succession, ‘Acts of Fear and Love’ was probably the first chance Slaves had to try anything different. And by keeping enough of the old - and allowing themselves the space to go a little heart-on-sleeve - their tales of 2010s disillusionment are a resounding success.

Say what you like about the album, it’s impossible to deny it is blazing with confidence and a witty, abrasive humour.

Spectrum Culture

Their third album is their biggest, catchiest and most accomplished to date.

Back to first album form for Slaves, sold and simple. The new tracks sound great live aswell.

Best tracks: Chokehold, Photo Opportunity
Overall a solid punk album that surprised me since I thought it was that lame ass band with Jonny Craig in it (since they have identical names). This was much more up my alley and I'm glad I gave it a chance rather than assuming it was going to be a disappointment.

Favorite track: Chokehold
The Lives They Wish They Had // 88
Cut And Run // 68
Bugs // 75
Magnolia // 93
Daddy // 84
Chokehold // 90
Photo Opportunity // 88
Artificial Intelligence // 94
Acts Of Fear And Love // 88

The best of three.
Purchasing Acts of Fear and Love from Amazon helps support Album of the Year. Or consider a donation?


#68/Rough Trade

Track List

  1. The Lives They Wish They Had
  2. Cut and Run
  3. Bugs
  4. Magnolia
  5. Daddy
  6. Chokehold
  7. Photo Opportunity
  8. Artificial Intelligence
  9. Acts of Fear and Love
Contributions By
thisisabtlgrnd, patton, Bjartolini
Sign in to comment
No one has said anything yet.

Added on: July 22, 2018