Hot Motion

Temples - Hot Motion
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2019 Ratings: #663 / 737
User Score
Based on 91 ratings
2019 Ratings: #984
September 27, 2019 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
Clash
A stunning effort all-around, it is a pleasure to have Temples back, the prospect of where they can go from here is one of excitement and thrill.
80
Under The Radar
Spend time with this album. I categorically promise you that it was leave you elated. And then press play again.
80
AllMusic

Hot Motion is just as good as Temples' debut, and while it lacks the element of surprise that record had, it makes up for it with improved craft and a boost in energy and sound.

70
Gigwise

Essentially, Hot Motion slots satisfyingly into a, now trilogy, of crafted growth that we can only hope will have continuous additions in years to come.

70
DIY

It’s a solid statement that Temples are alive and kicking, drawing fresh inspo from the past without fading into it themselves.

70
God Is in the TV

For long term fans, Hot Motion is thankfully very Temples-like, yet it’s also brimming with new ideas and techniques.

60
Dork
At the end of it all, 'Hot Motion' is an entertaining, if overly familiar, trip into 60s psychedelia. Played with a keen ear for melodies and warped soundscapes, they capture the era perfectly. There's just a feeling that maybe a tour off the beaten path could have rendered more rewarding results.
50
Pitchfork

Temples are clearly skilled technicians; they probably could’ve produced this record in their sleep. What’s frustrating is that the project begins and ends at talent. These songs are hollow; you could listen to Hot Motion half a dozen times and feel nothing.

50
PopMatters

For a group with such a promising debut album, Temples should be chasing new musical avenues rather than emulating their existing discography. Hot Motion feels like a safe bet for a band too at ease with their music.

Z.Younk
41
I've never been a fan of how derivative their sound is, but this record is new levels of corny. It is a quite horrible, cringe-worthy experience.
Edgeworth
80
After multiple playbacks, this is a rather solid, consistent album.
Though it's not as edgier than Sun Structures, but Hot Motion has much more depth and replay value than 2017 Volcanoes.
platypusbus
70
Surprisingly a nice album. Pleasant even.
A1t3rTheFreak
71
Temples on 'Hot Motion' while not doing anything wrong, are also not doing anything amazingly right either.

The album really doesn't have any major flaws at all but somehow after listening to it i couldn't help but feel dissatisfied and i don't really know why.

One could argue maybe its the overwritten lyrics or production that mashes the vocals and instruments into a pleasing but discernible mush.
'Hot Motion' faults could lie in how it heavily pulls from 70's psychedelia without adding to ... read more
marvelgaryen
68
I think the first half is actually decent, the rest is just boring.
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Year End Lists

#52/Rough Trade
#74/Under the Radar

Track List

  1. Hot Motion
  2. You're Either on Something
  3. Holy Horses
  4. The Howl
  5. Context
  6. The Beam
  7. Not Quite the Same
  8. Atomise
  9. It's All Coming Out
  10. Step Down
  11. Monuments
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Added on: June 5, 2019