Black Metal

Dean Blunt - Black Metal
Critic Score
Based on 17 reviews
2014 Ratings: #165 / 845
Year End Rank: #35
User Score
Based on 94 ratings
2014 Ratings: #82
November 3, 2014 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
NME

Complex, original and even sincere, it’s a brilliant new departure.

90
Resident Advisor

Blunt is often called a "prankster" for his confusing and intentionally distracting antics. With Black Metal, he's pulled a fast one on us by delivering something so intimate. 

90
FACT Magazine

Blunt is simultaneously assured and uncomfortable, offering the clearest glimpse yet of his real emotional state while flatly refusing to ever fully commit to it. 

90
Tiny Mix Tapes

It would be all-too easy to charge him yet again with artistic tomfoolery and arch self-consciousness, there’s a newfound purpose to his dilettantism, one that invests the album with more weight than anyone had any right to expect.

80
Exclaim!

On Black Metal, Blunt's style is still very difficult to classify, yet a hint more inviting and amicable than his last. 

80
DIY

This is an often beautiful record that captures a scatty conscience. Sweeping guitars mix with monotone vocals and fleeting folk motifs. 

70
PopMatters

Like a convoluted senior thesis that possess a kernel of a great idea surrounded by a great deal more circular logic, Blunt’s Black Metal is essentially enjoyable when taken at face value, but tends to fall apart under closer scrutiny.

60
The Skinny

Due to the lack of thematic arc compared to The Redeemer, Black Metal falls short of the complete picture that Blunt's indescribable genius can typically paint.

50
AllMusic

For all the gently strummed and plucked guitars and bare thudding drums, Blunt certainly lends his own songwriting style, and he continues to apply seemingly helter-skelter track titles. 

50
musicOMH

It feels intentionally obtuse, Blunt’s motivation perhaps bleeding into his lyrics: “Look at me, look at me,” he implores, but that ship has long since sailed for what is surely one of the year’s most frustrating releases.

siberianbreaks
89
Dean Blunt's latest studio effort sees him delving even deeper into the more accessible side to his sound with a larger emphasis on pop music instead of twisted, sound collages, but like always he still manages to have more than a few tricks up his sleeve. Black Metal can easily be described as David Bowie's Low of this generation for its super-admirable approach to experimentation by changing up the style in genre so frequently - one moment you're embracing symphonic, art pop or midnight, ... read more
AmericaanSpirit
76
A tad of a disappointment from the genius behind The Redeemer. Sounds like either bad writers block, or a lack of artistic passion this time around. Not dreadfully boring, but not much in substance either.

BEST TRACKS: 100, 50 Cent, Heavy, Forever, Hush
85
its good love the dreamy pop vibes here
60
I can say that I'm disappointed. After listening The Reedemer I was counting on something more. And Black Metal is as predictable as black metal is.
Fabi
90
one of my favs from the recent years.. holy shit i am so in love with this project
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Track List

  1. LUSH
  2. 50 CENT
  3. BLOW
  4. 100
  5. HEAVY
  6. MOLLY & AQUAFINA
  7. FOREVER
  8. X
  9. PUNK
  10. COUNTRY
  11. HUSH
  12. MERSH
  13. GRADE
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