We Will Always Love You

The Avalanches - We Will Always Love You
Critic Score
Based on 32 reviews
2020 Ratings: #116 / 809
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Based on 909 ratings
2020 Ratings: #71
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
The Independent
On a 25-track album with remarkably little filler, Robbie Chater and Tony de Blasi have forged a mature, miasmic exploration of their concept of ‘forever voices’.
96
Sputnikmusic
When it seems like there's no reason to go on, when everything's broken, when you are hit harder than you can imagine by loss, listen to this - a practically perfect record.
90
Slant Magazine

Though not as technically jaw-dropping as their 2000 debut, Since I Left You, or its belated follow-up, 2016’s Wildflower, both of which are said to employ upward of 3,500 samples apiece, We Will Always Love You is undoubtedly the Avalanches’s most conceptual effort to date.

90
Clash
It’s an album that’s somehow halfway between DJ mix and a greatest hits compilation, and arguably the best of The Avalanches’ trio of releases thus far.
90
The Young Folks

They ditched their plunderphonics-only mindset, grabbed ahold of new artists as vocal guests, and still managed to make it a great addition to their discography, with as many, if not more important lessons to gain.

85
Under The Radar
The most impressive thing about the record is the way it simultaneously exists as a collection of pristine singles and a complete whole.
83
Consequence of Sound
The Avalanches have crafted an album that beckons the listener to see time as something pliable. It shows us a world in which outer space is within reach, in which radios crackle like fires and offer us similar venues for passing down our stories between generations.
81
Pitchfork
The Australian group’s ambitious third album overflows with ideas, samples, guests, and sheer stimuli. In their sparkling music, every sound feels like a treasured memory.
80
musicOMH

We Will Always Love You is an emotional rollercoaster, and a lovingly put-together tapestry that signals The Avalanches entering the 2020s as vibrant as ever.

80
Exclaim!

It's a different kind of majesty from a band haunted by their monumental, defining debut, 2001's Since I Left You. By opening their sound to new collaborators and the wide expanse of the sky, the Avalanches have found a way to move forward, alone but together.

80
The Arts Desk
While the quality isn’t always consistent, the careful curation ensures everything hangs together with a satisfying sense of completion.
80
Rolling Stone

The Aussie sample-pop duo bring on Rivers Cuomo, Karen O, Blood Orange, Leon Bridges, and many others for a rich LP of poignant, chill-out soul that flows by like a seamless mixtape.

80
NME
The production duo narrow the gap between releases on their third album in two decades. The meditative tone suggests they'll continue to go the distance.
80
Spectrum Culture

Though it’s messy, flawed, and in need of an editor in places, We Will Always Love You is a beautiful and heartbreaking album that was worth the comparatively short wait.

80
DIY

At a time where it is often painful to remember past freedoms, here we are instead treated to a hopeful look forward. It’s the sort of artistic escapism we could all use more of.

80
The Telegraph

With songs filled with lost voices, and lyrics hinting at interstellar distances, The Avalanches’ core idea is that these are ghost sounds, broadcast from Earth and travelling to infinity. Yet on such a dizzyingly mixed set of sonic non-sequiturs, meaning seems arbitrary, casting listeners adrift from one lovely moment to the next.

80
AllMusic

Overall, the guest artists are more attuned here with Chater and Di Blasi, who were seemingly burdened much more by sample licensing than by commercial expectations. Pocket some tissue and hold tight.

80
Uncut

The album is neither stuck in the past nor barreling recklessly towards the future, and, in this sense, it's a lavish genre-agnostic mixtape.

80
The Line of Best Fit
The Avalanches have made an album more meticulous than most musicians who start with sounds anew. Thankfully they have the grace and experience to take on new themes and voices, and stay light on their toes.
80
The Observer
There’s much to discover here, making it an immersive and rewarding album to go back to again and again.
80
Mojo

This never feels thrown-together, which is some achievement. Instead, the album feels like one to spend ample amounts of time with as you travel into its far-flung corners as it reaches for the stars.

80
No Ripcord

We Will Always Love You is an impressive mediation on everything that matters, and of letting go of what doesn’t. Nevermind a normal band being able to create this; a normal band wouldn’t even attempt it.

77
Paste

The LP is woven with otherworldly, alien sounds, yet there is an undeniable coziness to the songs—thanks in part to the cozy crackle of vinyl samples and stirring vocals—that combats the coldness often associated with outer space.

67
Beats Per Minute

With some trimming, We Will Always Love You might have been a victory lap, but instead it feels like The Avalanches would have been better off taking another decade to fine-tune it.

60
PopMatters
The Avalanches as a collaborative pop project isn't a bad look, but the guests here embarrass themselves in too many ways, mostly through vague polemics.
50
The Needle Drop

For as stylistically cohesive and seamlessly flowing as We Will Always Love You is, it's somehow a tale of two albums.

50
Loud and Quiet

Supposedly inspired by the romance between scientists Ann Druyan and Carl Sagan, We Will Always Love You drifts aimlessly through vague love songs with equally vague titles, only occasionally bumping into a hit.

Chode
40
I’m guessing a lot of people are gonna love this and if you do, I don’t have a problem with that. Enjoy what you enjoy. However, as an Avalanches fan, I was incredibly disappointed by this album. I’ll try my best to explain my current thought process about this album.

Let me preface this review by saying that if you liked the singles, you’ll probably like the album. However, if you were iffy on this album’s singles like I was, then you will probably be just as on ... read more
elitimesfour
100
I went into this wanting to write a substantial review for this. I mean, it’d be my first avalanches album I’d followed the entire creation of, the first one I’d have the privilege of being able to review as soon as it drops, the first time I could say I was there for the drop of one of their projects. But as I went on throughout this project, I released…

…I had nothing to say. I was left speechless for the entire runtime. All 25 tracks, all 71 minutes. Just ... read more
TomBejoy
96
Before people wake up to this album, breakfast and music in bed, and bring this down to a low score, I’d like to raise a toast to these guys.

After an escapade with VPNs and more, I’ve managed to get a hold on this album in my country, and my first impressions are relatively positive.

For a band woven around the concept of bringing life to the dead, ie, through sampling long gone artists, a concept that harkened its arrival in the mainstream through a varied list of prodigies ... read more
TreyLikesBands
50
While it's more contrived moments seem few and far between, The Avalanches provide yet another comeback album filled with some appropriate socially significant moments, alongside some of their dreamiest samples yet.

What I may soon call one of the best examples of a real *winter* album, "We Will Always Love You" presents a loose narrative that builds on itself as the album progresses. A narrative of failure, separation, and dignity, this album zooms in on 2020 as an entire ... read more
Rater
76
I have a soft spot for The Avalanches and while I'm fascinated by their work, or just the whole plunderphonics concept as a whole, "We Will Always Love You", or any of their other releases for that matter, have left me wanting more, even if they are always captivating.

With that, seeing the lukewarm critic reception to this release and its gigantic tracklist stacked with features left me wondering if this was really going to be the time they would pull through with a mediocre record ... read more
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Track List

  1. Ghost Story (feat. Orono)
  2. Song For Barbara Payton
  3. We Will Always Love You (feat. Blood Orange)
  4. The Divine Chord (feat. MGMT & Johnny Marr)
  5. Solitary Ceremonies
  6. Interstellar Love (feat. Leon Bridges)
  7. Ghost Story Pt. 2 (feat. Orono & Leon Bridges)
  8. Reflecting Light (feat. Sananda Maitreya & Vashti Bunyan)
  9. Carrier Waves
  10. Oh The Sunn! (feat. Perry Farrell)
  11. We Go On (feat. Cola Boyy & Mick Jones)
  12. Star Song.IMG
  13. Until Daylight Comes (feat. Tricky)
  14. Wherever You Go (feat. Jamie xx, Neneh Cherry & CLYPSO)
  15. Music Makes Me High
  16. Pink Champagne
  17. Take Care In Your Dreaming (feat. Denzel Curry, Tricky & Sampa The Great)
  18. Overcome
  19. Gold Sky (feat. Kurt Vile)
  20. Always Black (feat. Pink Siifu)
  21. Dial D For Devotion (feat. Karen O)
  22. Running Red Lights (feat. Rivers Cuomo & Pink Siifu)
  23. Born To Lose
  24. Music Is The Light (feat. Cornelius & Kelly Moran)
  25. Weightless
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Added on: November 16, 2019