Angel's Pulse

Blood Orange - Angel's Pulse
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
User Score
Based on 262 ratings
2019 Ratings: #104
July 12, 2019 / Release Date
Mixtape / Format
Domino / Label
Alternative R&B / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
Clash

The first four tracks and ‘Take It Back’ are some of his strongest so far. It’s a gratifying epilogue to last year’s effort.

80
Northern Transmissions

It’s the type of collection that most artists would hope to release as a bona fide album.

80
Highsnobiety

There are enough genres and enough textures in here for everyone. No prejudice, no pain; just sounds.

80
Pitchfork

Dev Hynes’ new mixtape feels light and loose, a pre-production sketchbook presented as a charmingly finished product with the help of several key guests.

70
Exclaim!

More than pointing the way forward, Angel's Pulse seems to be closing the door on this phase of Hynes' creative journey. No mere addendum, it lives up to the high bar set by Hynes, while giving us a small, but significant, glimpse into his process.

60
The Guardian

To get to the good stuff takes a degree of patience and involves a route that passes through a fair amount of noodly self-indulgence.

thomasny18
80
There are two types of people: ones who think the best r&b singers are caught up in assault scandals, and ones who listen to Blood Orange (+ others).

I would say that knowing that this was a mixtape less than a year after his last album, my expectations weren't exceptionally high. Just something to keep fans, such as myself, satisfied until he drops his next album. Dev Hynes does just that here on Angel's Pulse, so I'm happy. I'd say these for the most part sound like leftovers off Negro ... read more
_zeltrxn17
71
This dude really took time to truly get to me with his Negro Swan last year, an album that was a nice kinda dreamy RNB/Pop thing.
This is an extension to that to some extent. Not as good but def more than just a compilation of B-sides.
The first half actually had glimpses of the top-notch moments that Negro Swan. Overall it's na very admirable mixtape effort from Blood Orange.
zachthesnack
83
Altruistic rnb singer Blood Orange makes a respectable return to the game after last year’s smash hit: Negro Swan.

There is a certain sincerity and longing to Blood Orange’s voice. It feels like he is yearning for love and affection but hea also scared of being hurt. Blood Orange has shown in the past that he is an extremely passionate and darkly expressive artist who isnt afraid of tackling tough issues On “Angels Pulse” the themes of sexual longing, race and fear all ... read more
Gudetrauma
78
score is subject to change
edit: it good
IvoBraga
90
What a beautiful mixtape! Overall this is a very short listen but it's so smooth, every single track transitions perfectly into each other creating an amazing experience for the listener, well done Blood Orange!
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Track List

  1. I Wanna C U
  2. Something to Do
  3. Dark & Handsome (feat. Toro y Moi)
  4. Benzo
  5. Birmingham (feat. Kelsey Lu & Ian Isiah)
  6. Good for You (feat. Justine Skye)
  7. Baby Florence (Figure)
  8. Gold Teeth (feat. Project Pat, Gangsta Boo & Tinashe)
  9. Berlin (feat. Porches & Ian Isiah)
  10. Tuesday Feeling (Choose to Stay) [feat. Tinashe]
  11. Seven Hours Part 1 (feat. BennY RevivaL)
  12. Take It Back (feat. Arca, Joba & Justine Skye)
  13. Happiness
  14. Today
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