Live Forever

Bartees Strange - Live Forever
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
2020 Ratings: #121 / 794
Year End Rank: #33
User Score
Based on 148 ratings
2020 Ratings: #190
Liked by 2 people
October 2, 2020 / Release Date
LP / Format
Memory Music / Label
Indie Rock / Genres
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Northern Transmissions
Where others might have made a big ol’ mess of his ever-evolving inspiration, this visionary has crafted something simply wonderful.

Live Forever argues that life is not some march toward a peak, but a closed loop—one that’s tighter if you’re Black. The brilliance of Bartees’ debut is in how it carves out an expansive space within that loop.

Beats Per Minute

He may have been on the fringes until now, but with Live Forever, one of the year’s most daring records, he signals his intent – this is an artist not merely requesting his seat at the table, but demanding it.

FLOOD Magazine

Live Forever feels more like a perfectly curated DJ set than a cohesive album. And man do we miss DJ sets.


Live Forever is itself not quite a masterpiece, but it's a clear picture of someone who's destined for greatness. Bartees Strange is a visionary artist worth watching closely.

Under The Radar

Live Forever foregoes any sense of a tentative step into the arena, with all of Strange’s talents on foot forward display.

He may be his own worst enemy in regards to day-to-day emotions, but his songwriting chops and intriguing stylistic choices give him musical superpowers.
No Ripcord

Despite Live Forever not being perfect, Bartees Strange swings for the fences on every song here. It’s exciting just to watch it unfold in front of your eyes.

On his debut record Live Forever, Bartees Strange doesn't just incorporate a wide array of influences but instead effortlessly blends these influences into something that is uniquely his. It's a bold record, to be sure, one of which gives Strange the early advantage of existing outside of all expectations or genre-boxes where he can take his music in any direction he feels. If Live Forever is any indication, Strange doesn't seem to break a sweat when he does change direction. You're constantly ... read more
Best track: Stone Meadows
Bartees Strange has gifted us with a really unique debut where he effectively blends RnB with Indie rock/emo (at least that's what it sounds like to me!). I think I'm catching influences from Young Fathers, Algiers, Sampha, maybe a little James Blake, but this still feels really distinct from all those. While the album feels really fresh it still is pretty straightforward, with it clicking for me right on my first listen thanks to the plethora of catchy melodies and sweetly-sad song writing. ... read more
this album is messy. it hops form genre to genre without warning. that being said, it’s still a good album

faves: mustang, stone meadows ,jealousy, flagey god, fallen for you
least faves: boomer, ghostly, kelly rowland, mossblerd
It’s not usually worth taking seriously the claims of young artists that their music transcends genre, but damned if Bartees Strange doesn’t live up to this lofty objective on his debut “Live Forever.” The album encompasses post-punk revival, heartland synth-rock, neo-soul, abstract hip hop, and electronica, and while Bartees Cox doesn’t come anywhere near reconciling these genres, that’s not really the point of “Live Forever.” Cox wears these ... read more
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Track List

  1. Jealousy
  2. Mustang
  3. Boomer
  4. Kelly Rowland
  5. In A Cab
  6. Stone Meadows
  7. Flagey God
  8. Mossblerd
  9. Far
  10. Fallen For You
  11. Ghostly
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Added on: August 20, 2020