This Is How You Smile

Helado Negro - This Is How You Smile
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2019 Ratings: #129 / 590
User Score
Based on 305 ratings
2019 Ratings: #126
March 8, 2019 / Release Date
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RVNG Intl. / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Spectrum Culture

Every note of Lange’s work is meticulously crafted, but not in an opulent fashion.

85
Pitchfork

Roberto Carlos Lange’s sixth and best album as Helado Negro deepens and expands upon the imagistic nature of his lyrics and cosmic synth-folk. It is a sublime, masterful piece of music.

80
Exclaim!

Helado Negro has managed to craft an emotionally powerful classic with This is How You Smile.

80
AllMusic

A winning combination of his long-standing and more recently developed gifts, This Is How You Smile is a culmination of Helado Negro's work and completely relevant to when it was released.

80
Tiny Mix Tapes

Compassion, respite, camaraderie, and solidarity are what Lange is offering today, what he thinks we can use the most.

80
No Ripcord

What makes it work is how even as he continues embracing more conventional instruments and structures, Lange still leaves room for himself to tinker and experiment at the same time. For music so understated and gentle, it's almost startling just how powerful it's capable of being.

75
Under The Radar

Though Helado Negro (aka Roberto Carlos Lange) might not have diagrammed a 12-step program for smiling, the resulting model is informed by a spirit of persistence that one cannot help but be influenced by.

70
Loud and Quiet

By no means does Negro shy away from his heritage, instead he looks to flaunt it. He continues to do so on ‘This Is How You Smile’, this time through a familiar scattering of hispanic influences and an intimate reflection of his past.

70
PopMatters

His latest album, This Is How You Smile, seems to take a slightly more relaxed approach, concentrating more on musical dynamics and reflecting a slightly idiosyncratic mood.

doctorchair
90
The true soundtrack to Roma.
musicmagpie55
73
Helado Negro's new record is a small, intimate album flecked with nostalgic sounds and poetic lyrics. He utilizes a range of electronic and acoustic elements to produce delicate sonic tapestries that help create a reflective tone for the duration of the album. The blend of sounds and languages could feel disjointed, but the strength of this album is the way he arranges these elements to form songs that feel like memories.

The first song is the perfect blend of intimacy, reflective nostalgia, ... read more
Lfilipe
80
It sounds like a hug
NervousYoungMan
81
Atmospheric, spacey and calming
laz456
60
It's alright. A few powerful moments but that's about it. I wanted the whole album to sound more like the opening track.
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Decade Lists

#103/Pitchfork (2010s)

Track List

  1. Please Won’t Please
  2. Imagining What to Do
  3. Echo for Camperdown Curio
  4. Fantasma Vaga
  5. Pais Nublado
  6. Running
  7. Seen My Aura
  8. Sabana De Luz
  9. November 7
  10. Todo Lo Que Me Falta
  11. Two Lucky
  12. My Name Is for My Friends
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