West of Eden

HMLTD - West of Eden
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2020 Ratings: #220 / 493
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Based on 691 ratings
2020 Ratings: #47
Liked by 31 people
February 7, 2020 / Release Date
LP / Format
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Art Pop, Art Rock / Genres
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West Of Eden is finally here, and damn, are HMLTD finally going to get that fame they so deserve.

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.


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.

The Guardian

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

The Needle Drop

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


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


As a whole, West of Eden is extravagant and ridiculous, but it embraces its own eraticism.

Loud and Quiet

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

CW; child murder, dysphoria, toxic friendships, suicide, self harm, death, Stockholm syndrome.

I believe that HMLTD's debut record, West of Eden, is a rock opera concept album based on the mental anguish of millennials living in a post-apocalyptic 21st century and the mental unraveling of a suppressed trans-gendered women named Joanna.

But before I go deep into the concepts and themes explored in this album, I should probably speak on the actual music only slightly. Overall, I think this ... read more
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
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
Glam rock enters the modern era.

After having watered the world, since 2016, with striking singles accompanied by music videos of a rare eccentricity, and having followed an inexplicable trajectory making them evolve from an avant-garde glam-electro-punk to a worldly generic pop by signing with Sony, the Londoners of HMLTD have finally switched to the LP, and release their debut album, "West Of Eden", on Rough Trade Records.

In 2015, while Fat White Family was busy tracing a new ... read more
"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
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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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Added on: October 29, 2019