AOTY 2019

Something Like a War

Kindness - Something Like a War
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2019 Ratings: #509 / 614
User Score
Based on 58 ratings
2019 Ratings: #748
September 6, 2019 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
Under The Radar

The sounds across its guest-heavy 13 tracks—which draw from stylish modern soul and subdued dance music—may be graceful, but this is fighting music, in the sense that unguarded openness and vulnerability can be radical propositions.

75
Spectrum Culture

It’s the band’s very reticence that draws one to their music, and to their third album Something Like a War.

70
Exclaim!

Something Like a War feels ambitious and searching, navigating the complex experiences of Bainbridge and their collaborators.

61
Paste

Kindness, in their efforts to cultivate and redistribute softness as a universal tenet, forgot the key rule of living honestly—your vulnerabilities must be specific enough to connect with.

60
Loud and Quiet

True to Kindness’ production sensibility, their satisfaction seems to come when they’re providing the platform for others’ to take the spotlight. It’s a selfless, instinctive approach that works effortlessly here.

60
The Skinny

Something Like A War is at its best when it embraces its flexibility with musical styles in an uninhibited melange of sound.

60
DIY

Fans might see this as a boon - Bainbridge picking up from where they left off before their self-imposed hiatus. To others, it may sound like a missed opportunity to establish themselves as a more cutting-edge artist.

dumbmoonlight
55
I'm running out of ideas to describe albums I find just plain boring, so I decided to do a research. I'll now be using words like arid, bromidic, characterless, colorless, ho hum, insipid, interminable, irksome, moth-eaten, platitudinous, prosaic, repetitious, spiritless, threadbare, unexciting, unvaried, vapid, wearisome, well-worn, etc.
That's all, folks.
lemuriams
84
In the end, Kindness found a way to success, which makes this album his best work.

On the previous album, he bored everyone (even the biggest fans), but on this album the sound and featurings work well.
vitenrique
80
Kindness gives us one of the most delicious albums of the year. It dares to fly high and sometimes it's a successfull try - as in "Hard To Believe" and "Something Like a War". The team picked to join on vocals matches perfectly with each sound. It flows super easy on the ears.

Must listen to: Raise Up, Hard To Believe, No New Lies
isthisxephyr
65
Kindness is at his best on this record, even if the lacklustre first half doesn't deliver as well as it's gorgeous second half, backed by an array of talented collaborators.
Guilhermecritic
74
Achei um pouco cansativo pois o álbum não tem um pico musical. Porém é bem trabalhado, usou o synth pop pra demonstrar as emoções.
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Track List

  1. Sibambaneni
  2. Raise Up
  3. Lost Without (feat. Seinabo Sey)
  4. Softness As a Weapon
  5. Hard To Believe (feat. Jazmine Sullivan)
  6. Who You Give Your Heart To (feat. Alexandria)
  7. Samthing’s Interlude
  8. Dreams Fall
  9. The Warning (feat. Robyn)
  10. Cry Everything
  11. No New Lies (feat. Cosima)
  12. Something Like a War (feat. Bahamadia)
  13. Call It Down (feat. Cosima & Nadia Nair)
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