Love, Death & Dancing

Jack Garratt - Love, Death & Dancing
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2020 Ratings: #588 / 792
User Score
Based on 59 ratings
2020 Ratings: #803
June 12, 2020 / Release Date
LP / Format
Pop Rock / Genres
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The Line of Best Fit
Garratt’s latest offering is a triumphant return. It is an album that does not ask you to relate to his pain, nor tells you to dance over your problems. It is an album that tells a story and ultimately, holds no fear.
The Guardian

For all its lyrical tales of trauma and disappointment, Love, Death and Dancing sounds like the work of a man who’s had the weight of expectation lifted from his shoulders and felt free to do what he wanted: a stark contrast to its predecessor.

A refreshingly candid outlook on the human experience, this album is stunningly turbulent and hopeful, released at a time life itself is more chaotic than ever.
As his studio wizardry evolves, so do his vocal delivery and lyrical substance. Shooting from wounded creaks to soaring falsetto and hungry, full-throated growls, he transforms his otherwise quite literal lyrics into rallying cries and affirmations that uplift and inspire with their relatability.
If this is pop music (and I’m told that it is) then who is it for? What area of the populace are the intended targets of this music? Is this designed for the men who curate the soundtrack of FIFA games, or the men that choose the songs to put in car commercials?

Sadly, Garratt’s over-reliance on gospel-inspired codas feels trite elsewhere, as if he’s making shortcuts to emotional engagement. It can leave you cold. There are sparks of brilliance on ‘Love, Death & Dancing’; Garratt’s multifaceted talent is undeniable and his honesty is admirable. But, please, less is more next time.

Not a single bad track. I don't get why Jack Garratt is overly hated, there is so much to like about his music. This is an indietronica synth-pop masterpiece. Jack Garratt is insanely talented and he definitely has a vision which is undeniable. Even though the majority of this album is structured in a similar prolonged way, the longevity leaves you with such a satisfying climax then breakdown that can be best described as fun. Garratt really has a pretty cool home studio and self produces his ... read more
A hearty album. A nice amount of play with structure and a wide range of sounds throughout. The album carries a hopeful and optimistic outlook. I would have wanted more incisiveness, motion to some of these songs which felt a bit cumbersome and slow developing.

Highlight – ‘Only The Bravest’
Tone – Hopeful
Tier - Orange
Score - 66
For someone that vanished out of the music scene since his 2016 Brit Award Critic Choice album Phase, Jack Garratt has returned with this, above average album.
It's definitely cliched when solo artists chime in their neo-soul/blues melodies, but it's duration completely overstates its purpose.
However, I found myself rather enjoying the content of this album.
Why? Well, it's Jack himself. His song-writing narrative and his vocals are really on point and you can't help but admire his ... read more
This is a tough one for me. I'm pretty anti-chunk-EP release because I get so normalized to half the album before it even comes out. And it's a bummer, because the first half which has all the songs from the EPs contain my favorites, and I don't particularly care for the rest of the album, at least sonically. This album definitely has a more homogenized style compared to the eclectic Phase as well, which is a step in the wrong direction for me.

That being said, Jack Garratt is one of my ... read more
Really pretty bad.
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Track List

  1. Time
  2. Mara
  3. Return Them to the One
  4. Better
  5. Get in My Way
  6. Mend A Heart
  7. Circles
  8. Anyone
  9. Doctor Please
  10. She Will Lay My Body on the Stone
  11. Old Enough
  12. Only the Bravest
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Added on: February 5, 2020