Touché Amoré - Lament
Critic Score
Based on 15 reviews
2020 Ratings: #208 / 684
User Score
Based on 169 ratings
2020 Ratings: #281
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October 9, 2020 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Upset
'Lament' consequently feels like an assured breakout; removed from a concept, it's a svelte and streamlined take on the tried and trusted.
90
DIY
Touché Amoré continue to reinvent the very foundations of hardcore.
85
The Line of Best Fit

Lament is testament to the power held in each new day, and the moments to be discovered within, delivered with crushing passion by a band worth standing behind.

82
Pitchfork
On their phenomenal fifth album, the post-hardcore band work with famed producer Ross Robinson and come away with their most affecting and resonant music yet.
80
Metal Hammer
Yet again, Touché Amoré have proven that they can flex their wings while remaining true to themselves.
80
Exclaim!

Stage Four was a momentous release that found ways to musically express its heart-wrenching story. Lament feels more like Touché Amoré's essential form.

80
Kerrang!
These songs manage to combine the best of what they do while introducing some fresh tints to the palette.
80
Gigwise
This album proves they haven't lost their touch, and if anything have plenty more to give.
80
NME
This isn’t merely a record by a good band. This is a record by an important one that is now teetering on the edge of greatness.
80
No Ripcord

These guys are still writing and playing at the top of their game, making another album that’s just as brutal as Stage Four, if not a little more palatable for everyday listening.

76
Beats Per Minute

Lament will be another great tool and guide for coping with this grey existence – especially when we’ll all eventually get to revel in it together and heal as one.

70
PopMatters

Touché Amoré's Lament doesn't push the band's sound in new directions. Instead, it builds on what the Los Angeles post-hardcore band do so well already.

60
Metal Injection

They’re very, very close to hitting the sweet spot and releasing the album of their lives. But Lament is a valiant effort and a step in the right direction.

60
The Needle Drop

Lament contains some of Touché Amoré's catchiest and most versatile songs, but not all of its risks pan out.

60
God Is in the TV

Whilst there is a disappointing second half to Lament, the first 6 tracks are unmissable, essential rock songs.

N0stalgia
79
2020 MUST HEAR ALBUM #40

Aside from a few singles here and there and a complete re-recording of their debut in 2019, Touché Amoré have mostly been on the down low since their 2016 album, 'Stage Four', an album that shook me to my core when I first heard it and the sheer devastation and intensity of which is unlike anything else I've experienced with music in recent years. If you're familiar with that record, I'm sure I need not explain what that album is largely about, as it's ... read more
DCCXX
80
Touché Amoré has always been a band that really stood out to me amongst the sea of the last decade's post-hardcore revivalism. From the shock-to-the-senses bombast of their first two projects, to breakout conceptual albums focusing on the issues of legacy and morbidity, the band seems never short of ideas that coalesce into some beautiful releases. While not interconnected as tightly as Stage Four, Lament is still a formidable coverage of new ground for Touché Amoré, ... read more
kathart
70
I get the sense that he's trying to tell me something and it's urgent
BGL13
92
Lament is defined as “a passionate expression of grief and sorrow”. Good god, is that one of the most fitting album titles of all time. From the explosive opener “come heroine” we already learn that this album is going to be heavy, emotional, and powerful. From there, we go into the title track, which perfectly encapsulates what this album is about both musically and lyrically.The next track is feign. Despite being softer instrumentally, feign retains the angry vocals ... read more
AndreVital
69
Touché Amoré stay in their comfort zone for the majority of "Lament".
However, the songwriting is still just energetic enough and the vocals are just evocative enough for me to still enjoy the pure angst of "Lament". It doesn't have the incredible thematic focus of a "Stage Four" or the striking melodic ambition of "Is Survived By", but I'll take what I can get.

TOP THREE: "Lament", "Reminders", "Limelight"
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Track List

  1. Come Heroine
  2. Lament
  3. Feign
  4. Reminders
  5. Limelight
  6. Exit Row
  7. Savoring
  8. A Broadcast
  9. I’ll Be Your Host
  10. Deflector
  11. A Forecast
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