Acts of Fear and Love

Slaves - Acts of Fear and Love
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2018 Ratings: #261 / 735
User Score
Based on 85 ratings
2018 Ratings: #594
August 17, 2018 / Release Date
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Virgin EMI / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Dork
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.
80
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.

80
NME
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.
80
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.
80
DIY
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.
80
Clash

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

75
Spectrum Culture

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

Houdanny
76
Back in 2015, Slaves were one of the best thing that I discovered. They had so many "tunes" as I called them back in the day. Over the years, I've begun to find a lot of their old stuff obnoxious as hell, despite a few exceptions. However this album is a surprising progression for the band, showing that they're not as one note as some might have you believe.

The album kicks off in with the classic thrashing and banging sounds that they've known for a long time now. But they feel ... read more
KengojiUltamYT
76
i like these boys
middleagedmale
80
kick ass!
RKanharn
75
Slaves go back towards the first album roots and deliver a high quality album which arguably contains no bad songs.

Best Songs: Chokehold, The Lives They Wish They Had, Cut And Run, Bugs.

Edit: Previous rating was 83.
myloveiscool
55
Back to first album form for Slaves, sold and simple. The new tracks sound great live aswell.

Best tracks: Chokehold, Photo Opportunity
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#16/Far Out Magazine
#16/The Skinny
#20/NME
#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
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