Get Tragic

Blood Red Shoes - Get Tragic
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2019 Ratings: #50 / 759
User Score
Based on 182 ratings
2019 Ratings: #622
January 25, 2019 / Release Date
LP / Format
Jazz Life / Label
Indie Rock / Genres
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The Skinny

Get Tragic is a powerful album, raw in its unflinching honesty, experimental in its lyrical and instrumental balances, and deeply moving in its frank exploration of all that Ansell and Carter have made it through to reach this point.

Drowned in Sound

Get Tragic, quite candidly, is a virtually perfect record. There’s nothing about it that’s out of place. It draws on the best parts of the band’s past history, catchy choruses, glam-rock guitars, electronic riffs that don’t leave your mind for days, mind-blowing lyrics – all combined with a glamour that lurks at the edge of the hometown you escaped, as the sun slowly sets.

Northern Transmissions

With a tweaked sound and a wealth of inspiration generated from their tumultuous semi-break-up, Blood Red Shoes’ new album ripples with a new-found vitality, one that bares the scars of a fraught relationship from the very beginning.


Fate, it would seem, has led the band into new and interesting avenues that makes Get Tragic positively pulsate with a pop nous not previously notably present.


Overall, it is an excellent comeback that sees them explore new territory while keeping what made their earlier records so engaging.

God Is in the TV

Some of it is like ‘indie Kylie‘ at her best, but the best thing about it is the depth of emotion, whether it’s Carter or Ansell at the helm. Scintillating stuff.

Under The Radar

Blood Red Shoes had to reinvent itself (Mary-Carter started playing around with keyboards following a broken arm); luckily, some ripping guitar solos remain for the band.


The duo have patched things up and channelled their irritable claustrophobia into ‘Get Tragic’, a record seething with all the resentment, self-doubt and control freakery of a soured relationship.

The Independent

There is some sense that Blood Red Shoes are trying too hard to cultivate their own myth, with all these tales of rock and roll hedonism. For the most part, though, the music on Get Tragic is good enough to speak for itself.

Wow, the score for once is higher than I expected.

Mainly due to the high expectations I had, and how I got almost nothing in return. It's disappointing. Though I did enjoy few songs, I was just waiting for more, and that's what I didn't get.
Pretty good, but the whole album has a very constructed feel to me. As if the band wrote a set of steps for the album creation process and kept themselves constricted within those steps.
Better stuff out there
Get tragic is extremely messy. There is any specific trajectory to the point that it could really be confusing. Of course there are pretty good tracks but it's just cool things, not really memorable.
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Track List

  1. Eye to Eye
  2. Mexican Dress
  3. Bangsar
  4. Nearer (feat. The Wytches)
  5. Beverly (feat. Ed Harcourt)
  6. Find My Own Remorse (feat. Clarence Clarity)
  7. Howl
  8. (Interlude)
  9. Anxiety
  10. Vertigo
  11. Elijah
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Added on: November 11, 2018