Heaven To A Tortured Mind

Yves Tumor - Heaven To A Tortured Mind
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Based on 22 reviews
2020 Ratings: #38 / 819
Year End Rank: #14
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2020 Ratings: #30
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The Skinny

Heaven to a Tortured Mind plays out like a message that in amongst the chaos there’s a calm to soothe you through it, and it’s a calm we all need right now.


It's the sound of a new kind of warped pop star — an artist capable of weaving the unending unknown of space and the throb of blood and skin, willing to take us and destroy us and create something wholly new from what remains.


On Heaven to a Tortured Mind, Yves Tumor relishes his shift to microphone caressing rock star. Here he steps out of his sonic chrysalis, dons some shiny black wings and soars.


The record, with all its idiosyncrasies, will be remembered as a definitive piece by one of our era’s most important rock icons—a pop star as transgressive and rule-breaking as the legends of the ’70s and ’80s we take for granted now.


Previously, Tumor has stated that they want to make songs listeners need to play. They more than achieve that on Heaven to a Tortured Mind, an album that suggests the easiest way to define Tumor is as an artist who consistently outdoes themself.

Crack Magazine

Musically, Heaven to a Tortured Mind could not be further from the work of Richard D James, but when it comes to audaciousness, they’re kindred spirits.

Beats Per Minute

Heaven To A Tortured Mind is the kind of album that challenges listeners sonically and lyrically, and makes absolutely no bones about it.


The iconoclastic artist moves to a plush and magisterial kind of rock music for a gratifying and intense record, one whose pleasures are viscerally immediate.

Northern Transmissions

Heaven To a Tortured Mind is as intoxicating, exhilarating, daring, and adventurous as fans have come to expect of Yves Tumor.

Under The Radar

Heaven to a Tortured Mind is strikingly disorientating at times, yet there is an immediate familiarity to it. This is rock reimagined for a new century, to use Tumor’s words, as thrilling and unpredictable as it must have felt during its heyday.

Spectrum Culture
At once providing showcases for their guests and weaving the other musicians’ voices into the album’s larger tapestry, Tumor proves to be a generous collaborator while consistently reinforcing their bold, singular vision.
Loud and Quiet

There are too many simultaneous ideas, too much comfort in saturating the sound palette throughout Heaven to a Tortured Mind for it to have mass appeal, and yet it is that very freewheeling experimentation that makes it such an intoxicating listen.


Heaven To A Tortured Mind is one of the best rock albums to have been released in recent years. Dark and scary, it pushes the confines of genre to its edge, willing its listeners to fall into its untold depths.

The Guardian

Sean Bowie’s creative imagination is extraordinary: experimental, capable of any genre, with an internal logic powering its shifts in mood.


It’s so heart-rending you could keep yourself wrapped inside its comfort for hours and not come out. To all those troubled minds and torn hearts clinging to the past, this is utterly heavenly.

The Line of Best Fit

Densely built and brightly produced, with gleefully obtrusive guitar swells and vocal yelps sparing for the spotlight; this is very much an unashamedly pop record.

God Is in the TV

The same standard isn’t maintained throughout the album after a dizzying opening quarter, but if it was then you would be looking at an all-time classic instead of what Heaven… is – merely an extremely rewarding and uncompromising work that isn’t afraid to offer simple pleasures or challenging listens.

This new release sees Bowie settle into a rock-ish style, peppered with electronic effects and more focused on lyrics and groove than previous releases.
No Ripcord

Tumor’s latest works on the issues of Safe while reaching for new genres and ideas, creating a project that’s a very strong step in the right direction.

The Needle Drop

Heaven to a Tortured Mind, a surreal celebration of soul, Britpop, and glam rock, has greater clarity and flourish than Yves Tumor's previous work.


In trying to bridge the gap between “weird” and “pop” tendencies, Heaven to a Tortured Mind fails to sufficiently capture the charms of either side, leaving a collection of slick-sounding but undercooked pieces. Buried deep down are the seeds of a cogent critique of tropes related to romantic love, but it never develops into an impactful message.

Yves Tumor finally mastered their template with “Heaven To A Tortured Mind”, finalizing a technique that is so anomalous within the field in which they had previously set themselves in, that it should only be regarded as a paragon of artistry for years to come. With this release they have stepped out of their comfort zone considerably, initiating in this vapoury and necromantic funk rock design, not while maintaining distance from other branches, but also deviating vastly from their ... read more
Heaven to a Tortured Mind: Sean Bowie and the ceaseless morphing of a musical enigma. In this latest output, Yves Tumor presents beauty beneath the rubble in the form of soaring, enriching rock instrumentation and sensual, soulful grooves which stick and strike from within. Shying away from eclecticism and spontaneity that defined his previous efforts, this album seizes to break apart the boundaries of what remains familiar to us listeners for an eccentric journey that's ever so strenuous, but ... read more
yves tumor hits us with a music mix of performance art, soul, electronic, alternative, jazz, glam, experimental, noise, art rock, punk, psychedelic, and much more. the music is wildly accessible even beyond its cultish vision.

‘heaven to a tortured mind’ is extremely intricate and very weird. although, it is not nearly as “weird”/existentially unique as yves’ previous album.

this addition to their discography is a detailed cut that may be their most cohesive ... read more
What can I say? That's insane !! Heaven To A Tortured Mind is a veritable explosion of flavours and colours, which instead of blinding you, transports you into the meanders of Yves Tumor's deviant universe.

Whether you feel like you're in the room that separates heaven and hell, it's actually quite normal since with Yves Tumor it's a bit of both, you never know what to expect, nor on which foot to dance. And that's what's so crazy about this marvellous album. First of all, it's important to ... read more
The Shape of Pop to Come

Not a lot of projects at the cutting edge of today's art really push the visceral sound boundaries as Yves Tumor has done throughout the last decade. With a universe that lay between industrial rock and hypnagogic pop, comparisons only served as limits to define what could not be defined. Yves Tumor, on the roof of the world, laughing at everything, mixing restraint and chaos; diluting reality by giving meaning to the abstract, allowing dissonance to be seen and heard ... read more
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Added on: February 18, 2020