TO LOVE IS TO LIVE

Jehnny Beth - TO LOVE IS TO LIVE
Critic Score
Based on 28 reviews
2020 Ratings: #154 / 616
User Score
Based on 293 ratings
2020 Ratings: #636
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June 12, 2020 / Release Date
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Caroline International / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Gigwise

Through remarkable use of Chiaroscuro - the effect of starkly contrasting light and dark - To Love Is To Live makes a cathartic listen filled with trembling courage.

90
Clash

‘To Love Is To Live’ is a sonic poltergeist with sentiment to boot.

90
Louder Than War

To Love Is To Live is a brave and daring album. It would have been considerably safer for Jehnny Beth to hang about in her former band and release Savages III. Instead, she has rolled the dice and come up with a double six. It’s a gamble that has paid off in spades.

90
PopMatters
Like a good book, this album is hard to put down, and one listen does not quite satiate; a second and third is necessary.
81
Northern Transmissions

To Love is to Live is set to illuminate the artist’s vision like never before.

80
DIY

The rich sonic palette and Jehnny’s steely delivery ultimately win out.

80
Rolling Stone

The Savages frontwoman explores electronic sounds and stream-of-consciousness self-analysis for a dark, compelling listen.

80
The Guardian

Moving between vulnerability and aggression, Beth’s album contains multitudes, from sex to cinematic washes, ballads to thrash, released with a collection of erotic stories.

80
The Sydney Morning Herald

It showcases a new-found freedom for the former post-punk singer.

80
musicOMH

It seems to be a study of gender, sexuality, innocence and sin, and ultimately identity; and it feels literary, in the way it deliberately and self-consciously turns over its themes.

80
Under The Radar

Her solo work reveals Beth to be an artist who can convey a range of emotions in a far more nuanced way. To Love Is to Live is an album of depth and subtlety that is poetic, passionate, elective, and cohesive.

80
NME

The French punk traverses industrial rock and cinematic sounds to bare her soul like never before, refusing to flinch from the difficult questions.

80
The Independent

Taking you on a journey which reveals new landmarks and perspectives each time you listen, To Love is to Live is a compelling and real cinematic picture of the emotions that life throws at us.

80
AllMusic

To Love Is to Live is an unabashedly, thrillingly wild ride, and as Beth throws everything she has at her audience, she fully reveals the multitudes she contains.

80
The Telegraph
There is a melodiousness to Beth's solo work that was often missing from Savages, but she can still conjure up a brutal attack.
80
God Is in the TV
You’ll struggle to find a more virtuously cathartic record released this year.
80
The Young Folks

Jehnny Beth’s first solo outing, TO LOVE IS TO LIVE, is a brisk, bold album that examines human experience through an array of musical experimentation.

80
Q Magazine

Everything here sounds how Jehnny Beth is meant to sound, making To Love Is To Live a record as masterful as its creator is complicated.

80
Dork
Eclectic. Artistic. Intense. Real. ‘To Love Is To Live’ is everything you’d want from Jehnny’s opening solo bow. A record that confirms her place in a unique echelon of modern artists, it’s a deeply meditating and affecting portrait of human life right now.
78
Beats Per Minute

Although it seems Jehnny Beth has decided to go solo to express more of her vulnerabilities, by the end of To Love is To Live it’s hard to say whether we actually feel any closer to her. However, it also shows her chameleonic abilities as a vocalist, as she’s working with different styles and productions yet still sounding urgent.

77
Pitchfork

With livewire intensity, the Savages singer-songwriter’s ambitious and experimental solo album explodes with life from every corner as an epic display of contrasting themes and emotion.

70
Exclaim!

It's a slightly scattered record, but one fuelled by an invigorating conviction and helmed by an artist with the gravitational pull to make it all align.

70
The Line of Best Fit

The relentless bursts of energy that punctuate the record are often thrown as wild haymakers, yet it’s the cerebral moments before they land that deliver the most rewarding blows.

70
Uncut
On Jehnny Beth's solo debut, the apple has fallen a surprisingly significant distance from the Savages tree.
65
Spectrum Culture

Beth strives for that human connection on this album, and she gives us more of herself than she may feel comfortable with.

60
The Arts Desk

This solo debut is the product of an intense period of self-reflection, softening the carapace of her English persona to ponder innocence and rustic roots.

60
The Observer

The solo Jehnny Beth continues to strut, glare and finger the uncomfortable places.

60
Mojo

In this kind of endeavour ... lyrics are vital, and here they often clunk where they should pierce, deadening some of her undeniable power.

PipePanic
81
Y'all got the PS5, I've got CINEMATIC EMPOWERING INDUSTRIAL!

Goddamn! This thing is so good! What the hell!

So Jehnny Beth is an artist that I've admired from afar for a pretty long while. While I still need to listen to those Savages albums, her aura and overall presence in the music world has always been admired by me, especially after hearing her Amazing collaberation with Gorrilaz a couple of years ago. However, I sadly just haven't actually sat down and listened to some of the best of ... read more
TreyLikesBands
50
I took nothing from this, nor hated anything on it. These dark sounds aren’t much to my ears, but they are intriguing, I will say. I just wish they were either more powerful or more subdued. I’m like “Choose a side! Don’t stay in the middle!” Obviously, there was a lot of work put into this, and I can definitely see the artistic value, so I guess this sound and style just isn’t for me.

Color: Black
FAV TRACKS: French Countryside
LEAST FAV: Human
snowman
10
3/10
While I can certainly respect and admire the experimentation and pure artistry of To Love Is to Live, a lot of the more noise rock-esque moments don’t land for me.
I found myself to be more into the subdued & atmospheric tracks that unfortunately were far and few between.
Unfortunately, I can’t say i’m a huge fan of of Jehnny Beth’s vocals either.
Favorite track: French Countryside
MasterCrackfox
80
Jehnny Beth has a wonderful mix between chaotic and abrasive industrial noises along with soaring and cinematic soundscapes. I'm The Man is a great quick blast example of this dichotomy, with the majority of the song pummeling forward with harsh sounds and pulsating percussion, followed by a middle point where Beth beautifully sings over a piano backed interlude. The song quickly picks back up briefly into its heavy kicks and glitchiness. How Could You features many of these industrial textures ... read more
usedtobe
90
Defiant, ultra-slick and strong debut from the Savages front woman with a brash, industrial vibe that is propulsive in nature. I'm The Man is easily a standout track right here.
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Track List

  1. I Am
  2. Innocence
  3. Flower
  4. We Will Sin Together
  5. A Place Above (feat. Cillian Murphy)
  6. I'm the Man
  7. The Rooms
  8. Heroine
  9. How Could You (feat. Joseph Talbot)
  10. French Countryside
  11. Human
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Added on: February 5, 2020