Silver Tongue

TORRES - Silver Tongue
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
2020 Ratings: #24 / 81
User Score
Based on 184 ratings
2020 Ratings: #27
January 31, 2020 / Release Date
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Indie Rock, Art Pop / Genres
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TORRES' Silver Tongue is her most mature release to date. Its nine songs, all evocative and transporting, strive toward a new vocabulary for connection, confidence, and queer love.

Consequence of Sound

Silver Tongue is a layered album at every level and a skillful development from one of indie rock’s most multidimensional figures.

Loud and Quiet

Silver Tongue is tightly-coiled and whip-smart, rendered beefier than its scant 35 minutes by synth washes, esoteric percussion and, best of all, an even more ruthless penchant for melody.


At just nine tracks and 36 minutes, Silver Tongue runs the gamut on aural and ethereal moods, leaving Torres with one her most emotionally fulsome and satisfying records.


Scott remains an improbably vivid writer both lyrically and melodically; throughout Silver Tongue, she takes desire and infatuation as her subject and icy synthesizers as her instrument of choice.

Under The Radar

Silver Tongue is an album that once again demonstrates what an insightful and empathetic artist she is as she explores the highs and lows of relationships and love.


Re-emerging with off the grid mystique, Torres retains the grit of past efforts while doubling down on off-kilter charisma, securing a slick slice of alt-pop; her most complete and consistent yet.


‘Silver Tongue’ is a candid, real-time account of Scott’s relationship in the here-and-now as she documents its survival via a near-miss break-up and painful affair. It’s her most personal memoir yet.

The Skinny

Silver Tongue may prove to be a bridge, between a time of turbulence and a period of renewed creative independence. However, even in that, this record is proof that she can remain uncompromisingly herself.

Spectrum Culture

Her best album yet and a triumphant vindication of her talent.


Like Torres' previous album, Silver Tongue takes some time to unfold, but it's well worth it; by fluently expressing the resilience it takes to bounce back from hard times, she comes into her own.


Mackenzie Scott’s fourth album is both her most intimate and eclectic. Its best moments are the sound of someone powering through uncertainty until they find their direction again.

FLOOD Magazine

This is an album that doesn’t force its artistic value outwards. Instead, it welcomes you into the tower and offers a novel view of familiar surroundings from above.


Silver Tongue is her most consistent album to date.

The Line of Best Fit

On Silver Tongue, their occasional struggle leaves us with a worthy album with definite highlights, but some unfulfilled potential.

The Observer

It’s just a shame that not enough of the flair she finds for juxtaposition reappears on this fourth album as memorable music.

Silver Tongue is a hot new breath of fresh air for Torres, who has found the recipe for a thrilling album that resonates with the timbre of her voice and her sensitivity. What I like about this kind of album and artists is that not everything is offered on the first listening, honestly my first experience with this one wasn't that great, but by giving it a chance, it ended up relaxing and really revealing itself, letting the singer's emotions come out.

Then disguised behind a meticulous pop ... read more
Given how much I have embraced the contemporaries that most resemble Mackenzie Scott, otherwise known as TORRES, it's a genuine shame that I have not had the chance to listen to her previous three efforts from the last decade going back to her first release Torres in 2013. Silver Tongue, as an introduction to the sound of TORRES, supplies the right kind of sound that compels me to not only return to this record but go back and see what else Scott has been capable of leading up to her fourth ... read more
Distinctly razor sharp and lyrically evocative, the fourth record from Mackenzie Scott is a towering success sounding more urgent and grounded as usual to her unconventional alt-indie pop leanings. Consistently enjoyable from start to finish.
I was initially liking this album but it cooled off for me pretty quick. Silver Tongue isn't bad necessarily, but it is fairly dull in my opinion. These mid-tempo tracks plod along with pretty underwhelming vocals and production, never really reaching any exciting highs or moody lows. It all ends up feeling pretty safe, and I just don't think this record is as profound as Torres thinks it is.
Much like Three futures, this album will grow rather than punch you.
However, Torres achieves to develop many aspects of her new synth direction and keeps some sounds from her previous albums, particulary her first one.
Lyrically, it's always good with Torres. I specially like the way she details her perception of romance.
This album could have been even more better with 2-3 additonal songs and solidifying some songs like good scare or last forrest.
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Track List

  1. Good Scare
  2. Last Forest
  3. Dressing America
  4. Records of Your Tenderness
  5. Two of Everything
  6. Good Grief
  7. A Few Blue Flowers
  8. Gracious Day
  9. Silver Tongue
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