Amen Dunes - Love
Critic Score
Based on 11 reviews
2014 Ratings: #168 / 845
User Score
Based on 69 ratings
2014 Ratings: #148
May 13, 2014 / Release Date
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Sacred Bones / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Tiny Mix Tapes
It’s a masterclass in formal brilliance meeting dogged idiosyncrasy on equal footing.
90
musicOMH
If you’re a fan of classical star-gazing pop from Mercury Rev to Neutral Milk Hotel and all the way back to The Byrds and Syd Barrett, there’s a chance you’ll be raving about this record to anyone within earshot.
80
AllMusic
This is easily some of McMahon's prettiest and most accessible music, and it's also some of his finest.
80
NME

Love is a lush, romantic, folk-driven collection that moves away from his earlier, more psychedelic work.

78
Pitchfork

Love is an even grander step forward, both in the roster of musicians McMahon employs—including members of Iceage and Godspeed You! Black Emperor—and the more accessible, classic-leaning songs he’s written.

75
Consequence of Sound

McMahon’s a constantly improving songwriter, and with Love, he’s created his most fully realized and purposeful batch of songs yet.

70
PopMatters
The new Amen Dunes record is still sprawling and expansive, still gauzy with effects and often unraveling in fascinating ways on its outskirts.
70
Under The Radar
The resulting album has been arranged with such care and attention to detail that each track is capable of conveying the most complex of human emotions in but one refrain. An entire album's worth is almost too much to handle.
70
Wondering Sound
Not too much has changed, but incorporating shades of singer-songwriter earnestness and mystic earthiness all confirm that, with music this simple and nourishing, even the subtlest tweaks can make all the difference.
60
The Line of Best Fit
There is no question that this is a work of devotion, even a work of love, but as a document of raw emotion, it is lacking, it feels overly considered.
MarkCooper
86
The same feeling of lost freedom is present on here as much as Amen Dunes' newest release, but instead of an open highway, it sounds best out in the woods. Love it, definitely recommended.

Favorite Tracks: I Know Myself, Lonely Richard, Love, Sixteen, White Child
ThrowBackG
90
Welcome to this week's installment of: Gavin is a bitch for folk music! Episode No.87. And now for your host!

Thank you Jim and hello New York!

For a record that's so breezy and relaxing it's hard to notice that Dave Bryant of GY!BE co-produced this! Production is the last thing I worry about on a folk record, but it really helps in spades here! An already varied record becomes even more sparse and endearing in it's overall sound. It's a record that does ask you for your attention and some ... read more
davecoop18
85
Deserves all of your attention.
CheapandLethal
70
Worth a listen
52
it has potential to bee vey good and trippy, but it's not.
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Track List

  1. White Child
  2. Lonely Richard
  3. Splits Are Parted
  4. Sixteen
  5. Lilac In Hand
  6. Rocket Flare
  7. I Know Myself
  8. Everybody Is Crazy
  9. Green Eyes
  10. I Can't Dig It
  11. Love
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