West of Eden

HMLTD - West of Eden
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
2020 Ratings: #12 / 81
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Based on 314 ratings
2020 Ratings: #9
February 7, 2020 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
musicOMH

West Of Eden is finally here, and damn, are HMLTD finally going to get that fame they so deserve.

90
The Line of Best Fit

Committed to a style and substance that simultaneously looks to the past and future, the five-piece soundtrack their role as esoteric prophets of doom with a sonic credo that proves genuinely idiosyncratic in the current climate – sharp, wit-filled and uninhibited stuff.

80
DIY

With ‘West Of Eden’ HMLTD have fought off the suffocating grip of overhype to deliver a debut album that is a cut above the rest, even if it is a little overdue.

80
The Guardian

The London band throw together glam, goth, electro, Kurt Weill … and have even added conventional pop to the mix.

80
The Needle Drop

HMLTD refreshes and recontextualizes a slew of post-punk sounds on West of Eden.

80
Paste

West of Eden crowns HMLTD as one of few bands with a serious claim to artistic vision and sonic uniqueness.

60
Loud and Quiet

Their patchwork labyrinthine stories are only mostly enthralling – the whole piece doesn’t quite match the promises of full technicolour.

snowman
89
I feel like this is gonna be the breakthrough record of 2020. It is bold, theatrical and packs a heavy punch. The West is Dead is an outstanding opener. What sets this apart is the ambition, it just keeps adding more and more with every track. It is truly genre bending in that AOTY is forced to call it Art Pop. I feel like there is a bit of filler (Wheres Joanna, Why?, and Death Drive) and it is a bit all over the place at times. Overall though, this is one of my favorites this year.
Edit: just ... read more
Plats
92
"West of Eden" is an unexpectedly fun record that pulls so much out of the kitchen sink yet a lot of it actually works! The variation is off the wall, with one going through a post-punk/trap fusion (it's way better than it sounds). While there are a couple moments of filler, the overall record was a joyous experience for me. The goth and glam stylings are great, the production is creative and the lyrics are frighteningly hilarious.

Fav Tracks: LOADED; Where's Joanna?; To the Door; ... read more
Beeyyaahh
80
I would by lying to say I wasn’t impressed with this record, mostly because it completely phased through every sort of bleak expectation I had for it. I had a few people I chat with say it was rather boring, some say it was fantastic, and for me going in blind? I really didn’t have much hopes of being blown away.

However, this album gradually grew over listens into one of the more unique albums so far this year. HMLTD, although I never heard their previous work, sound a lot more ... read more
CLJesse
70
Okay, I would like to preface this review by saying I do actually like this album, but I'm going to be a bit harsh because this album has some *glaring* issues.

I'll start with the positives: the album all the way up until Why? is great. It's cohesive, all of the songs hit (especially LOADED, which is a total banger) . The production is quirky in a good way; it takes common musical tropes then flips them on their head. The vocals are eccentric and theatrical, complimenting the instrumentals ... read more
morningsbell
90
Been waiting for this album for months. It did not disappoint.

Throughout the 20th century, one of the most prominent cultural products of the West was rock'n'roll. Bands like Beatles and Queen were the symbols of the English-speaking world. In many ways, West of Eden inherited its spirit from rock'n''roll but took it to new lengths. All in all, this album is emblematic of the death of of rock'n'roll, as it combines rock with an amalgamation of genres, some of which includes Eastern ... read more
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Track List

  1. The West Is Dead
  2. Loaded
  3. The Ballad of Calamity James
  4. To the Door
  5. Satan, Luella & I
  6. Mikey's Song
  7. Why?
  8. 149 (feat. Tallulah Eden)
  9. Joanna
  10. Where's Joanna?
  11. Death Drive
  12. Nobody Stays in Love
  13. MMXX A.D.
  14. Blank Slate
  15. War Is Looming
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