Angel's Pulse

Blood Orange - Angel's Pulse
Critic Score
Based on 11 reviews
User Score
Based on 474 ratings
2019 Ratings: #453
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.

70
PopMatters

Angel's Pulse is reminiscent of soup. A thick soup. A lot of these tracks feel directionless, monotonous, or like scraps. But still, there's something that makes you want to enter them.

70
AllMusic

Flow is minimal, consequently making it come off like a hurried dub for an unplanned ride.

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.

60
The Observer

This is a lounge-y mixtape that drifts comfortably within Hynes’s beautiful sonic realm.

60
The Needle Drop

There are quite a few good ideas on Angel's Pulse; unfortunately they aren't fleshed out enough, nor do they reinforce one another.

45
Spectrum Culture

This is Hynes’ song-diary, filled to the margins with prototypes he might fashion into hits one day. But for the time being, his vault is a slog.

morningsbell
88
funny how this is more consistent, elaborate instrumentally, daringly composed & written than his last two LPs but we (plane emoji) fantano circlejerk
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
_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.
Gudetrauma
78
score is subject to change
edit: it good
IvoBraga
80
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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