Before Love Came To Kill Us

Jessie Reyez - Before Love Came To Kill Us
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
2020 Ratings: #66 / 267
User Score
Based on 130 ratings
2020 Ratings: #301
Liked by 3 people
March 27, 2020 / Release Date
LP / Format
Island / Label
Trap Rap, R&B / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Exclaim!

The fearless formula, the genre-blending, the artistic craft on display marks Reyez's latest as one of the better albums in an already interesting 2020. Before Love Came to Kill Us shines a light on homegrown talent done great.

90
The Line of Best Fit

Uninspired choice of featuring artist aside, the artistic breadth and depth of this project speaks to Reyez’s position as an emerging, formidable artist in her own right.

80
The Guardian
Throughout the course of 14 tracks, this 28-year-old singer, a second-generation Colombian-Canadian initially nurtured by Toronto’s Remix Project incubator, cements the reputation she has established over a pair of EPs as a raw and heartfelt talent.
80
Clash
‘Before Love Came To Kill Us’ has a number of strong tracks and is an excellent debut. Jessie Reyez appears to be in total control of this record and shows off her versatility, as well as her rage.
80
NME
For the most part, ‘Before Love Came To Kill Us’ is a beautiful, heart-wrenching debut that sees its creator come good on her early promise.
80
AllMusic

Although it's all over the place, Before Love Came to Kill Us radiates conviction from front to back, and is without doubt a true representation of its creator.

68
Pitchfork

What’s most satisfying about Before Love Came to Kill Us isn’t that Reyez whizzes across multiple genres—these days, who doesn’t?—but the skill she displays at each. No matter the arrangement, she powers across it at full force.

60
The Telegraph
It is edgy fun with pitch-black humour masking real emotional content, although the tension between the darkness of the lyrics and sweetness of the vocals wears thin over a whole album.
DARKFANTASY
78
Everytime i listen to Jessie i remind myself of Camila Cabello, but this one is definitely more meaningful and conscious, this is a great album for my R&B standards, Jessie's previous projects were still underground, and she needed better production to boost her fame to another level, i don't think that there's nothing that stops her from possibly reaching R&B stardom, she's really entertaining and this LP was one of the best so far this year, the spacious R&B production is really ... read more
HansWSA
60
6/10 - Okay

An unfulfilling project from an artist with potential.

I first heard of Reyez through Eminem on his two tracks "Nice guy" and "Good guy". I thought "Nice guy" was good enough, so I thought it'd be reasonable to check her stuff out.

The record started strong but doesn't manage to succeed as a full-length LP. It's clear where she's more comfortable, like on tracks on Intruders, where we get to hear her calmly sing over bossa-nova about killing the ... read more
CharlieJK
80
I have been a fan of Jessie Reyez since hearing her single, “Cotton Candy”. It’s been a long time coming for this full-length LP from her. The album kicks off with, “Do You Love Her”, and the lyrics, “I should have fucked your friends.” Jessie is really coming for someone with this track. It’s piano based and seems to hide the very dark lyrics she is singing. A hard and cool beat on, “Deaf (Who Are You)”, follows. A creepy, laughlike ... read more
itscase
70
My only exposure to Jessie Reyez was her contribution on Eminem’s recent music, which I wasn’t all that impressed by. But this album, while not perfect, is pretty enjoyable. It features some unique vocal performances, but pretty generic songwriting and production, which is what I think holds this album back the most. Regardless, this is still a good album that has be intrigued to see how she progresses.

Fav Tracks: Do You Love Her, DEAF (who are you), DOPE, Kill Us, Love In The ... read more
Maqtheus
79
Talvez o principal ponto do 'Before Love Came to Kill Us' seja a voz de Jessie Reyez e a produção que passa por diversos gêneros sem causar danos na linha de coesão. Embora o álbum pareça entediante às vezes, a artista consegue se manter nas melhores faixas e nos entrega uma incrível performance vocal - única e importante, mas que não consegue tornar algumas parcerias interessantes. Contudo, aqui ela faz um ótimo uso do ... read more
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Track List

  1. DO YOU LOVE HER
  2. DEAF (who are you)
  3. INTRUDERS
  4. COFFIN (feat. Eminem)
  5. ANKLES
  6. IMPORTED
  7. LA MEMORIA
  8. SAME SIDE
  9. ROOF
  10. DOPE
  11. KILL US
  12. LOVE IN THE DARK
  13. I DO
  14. FIGURES
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Added on: January 22, 2020