The Anteroom

How to Dress Well - The Anteroom
Critic Score
Based on 11 reviews
2018 Ratings: #460 / 716
User Score
Based on 63 ratings
2018 Ratings: #532
October 19, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
Domino / Label
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The Skinny

For his fifth album using the How to Dress Well moniker as an intravenous exploration of the hold that music has over our fragile human hearts, Krell has perfected his process.


It is a far more ambitious project than 2016’s Care, and the ambition pays off as Krell returns to form with an experimental, nuanced project.


The Anteroom is surely How To Dress Well’s most exciting work to date; it might, in time, unfurl into his most poignant and vital, too.


Throughout The Anteroom, Krell sounds revitalized; by revisiting his noise-drenched past with the experience he's gained since then, he delivers an album that's just as impressionistic as his early work, and possibly even more adventurous.

The Line of Best Fit

The Anteroom is often a challenging listen. Its constantly adapting sonic landscapes are fitting for an urgent political and ecological moment.


Tom Krell’s latest album of ambient R&B club music feels both reverent and relevant, with icy textures and knotty lyrics that leave plenty to untangle.


‘The Anteroom’ is a return somewhat to an old approach but is certainly far from a regression from a musician who’s seen darkness but is ready to face the world all over again.


What this record lacks in immediate momentum, it quietly makes up for with vivid bursts of melody from the ether.

Rolling Stone

Electronics have always been at the core of How to Dress Well, but now they’re molded in the manner of producers lumped together as “experimental” ... and borrowed from the more utilitarian world of techno.

Drowned in Sound

Unfortunately, despite the science fiction grandeur, The Anteroom is a pretty dull and unrewarding experience.

This is an improvement over Care but this guy has lost his edge.
"The Anteroom" is the kind of record that you have to listen a few times to uncover every single detail the creator gave to us - whats is amazingly good . But, in some moments the album feels so long and dull and even with the giant eletronic performance seen here seems don't be dinamic enough to catch attention as a whole - the lyric content maybe is the responsable for all the record's imperfections. In the end, Tom delivered a good record with personality and complex beauty, sad to ... read more
Tom just doesn't have it anymore. He's always been eclectic, save for the rather safe album Care, but the experimentation is just not working across much of this. There are multiple parts to some of these songs. A lot of the individual parts sound solid, but when the puzzle pieces come together it just doesn't quite fit. I think it could be a grower if given the time and effort, but I'm not sure if I'm a willing participant.
A perfect combination of dark n powerful and catchy n emotional
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#42/The Line of Best Fit

Track List

  1. Humans Disguised as Animals • Nonkilling 1
  2. Body Fat
  3. False Skull 7
  4. Nonkilling 3 • The Anteroom • False Skull 1
  5. Vacant Boat
  6. Nonkilling 13 • Ceiling for the Sky
  7. A Memory, The Spinning of a Body • Nonkilling 2
  8. Nonkilling 6 • Hunger
  9. July 13 No Hope No Pain
  10. Love Means Taking Action
  11. Brutal (feat. Ocean Vuong) • False Skull 5
  12. False Skull 12
  13. Nothing
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Added on: September 10, 2018