Communion

Years & Years - Communion
Critic Score
Based on 17 reviews
2015 Ratings: #670 / 770
User Score
Based on 160 ratings
2015 Ratings: #342
July 10, 2015 / Release Date
LP / Format
Polydor / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
Time Out London
It all adds up to what is surely the summer’s first essential pop album. This is one ‘Communion’ that everyone should be grateful to receive.
80
DIY
Broaching love, lust, power-dynamics, jealousy, and heartbreak along the way, Years & Years bring that all important human touch to their massive pop anthems.
80
AllMusic
Ultimately, Years & Years are so passionately in touch with their influences, they've transformed them into something new and full of the light.
75
The Line of Best Fit

Thankfully, Communion is brimming with razor-sharp summer pop anthems that succeed in bringing a smile to your face time and time again.

74
Pitchfork

The majority of the songs on the British trio’s debut album Communion marry thematic precision with the broad kinetics of great pop songwriting, mingling self-loathing and doubt with a redemptive, near-bloody-minded push to prettiness and uplift.

70
Billboard
What Years & Years essentially have is a strong skill set, not a sound.
70
musicOMH
This attention to detail bodes well for Years & Years as a band, as a couple of these tracks develop into full blown ear worms – and at the time of reporting have no plans to leave in a hurry.
70
Spin

Someday soon Years & Years could be worthy of the “Worship” that all of Communion religious allusions cheekily point toward. That’s what communion is for. Try again. Perfect yourself. Take and eat.

70
PopMatters
If you’re looking for an album that is genre-bending or stretches your imagination, this probably isn’t what you’re looking for. Because this album is not meant to reinvent the wheel, but make that wheel work better.
60
The Guardian

Years & Years don’t seem to have an original idea in their collective heads, but that doesn’t neccessarily mean that Communion is unenjoyable.

50
Drowned in Sound

It took a good many listens for Communion to even start to click into place for me. In the attention-deficit age of 2015, where bombast is king, you have to wonder how many of Years & Years’ audience will get that far.

50
The 405

Communion may be the end result of years of refinement, but you can't help but feel it was reached on someone else's terms.

40
NME
An efficient but dull combination of pop-house and R&B, debut album ‘Communion’ recalls Clean Bandit with added melancholy, and Disclosure minus the purist-pleasing attention to detail.
gabromzk
83
Sometimes flat, sometimes great. Favorite debut album of this year. Best tracks: Shine, Take Shelter, Ties, King, Worship, Memo.
LuchoCaprara
35
Favorite song: Foundation
Rodnavs
68
Hype can be the best friend or worst enemy of any popular media release. When you talk about hype, to talk about what people expects from you, based on the previous material your shared with them. All this hype behind Communion was caused by the release of the Y&Y Ep and also the release of, what I consider, the best single of the album: 'Worship'. The delivering in the album is sometimes good but most of the time is sloppy. In terms of sound, well you can't expect a big deal from an ... read more
estevancomn
48
Shine e Desire são minhas únicas favoritas! O álbum todo é fraco, entediante e a voz do Olly é irritante.

Nota: 48 - BAD
lemuriams
70
His voice is irritate, but music save project
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#3/Digital Spy
#8/Popjustice
#43/Q Magazine
#47/Variance

MISC LISTS

#18/SPIN (Pop)

Track List

  1. Foundation
  2. Real
  3. Shine
  4. Take Shelter
  5. Worship
  6. Eyes Shut
  7. Ties
  8. King
  9. Desire
  10. Gold
  11. Without
  12. Border
  13. Memo
  14. 1977
  15. Ready For You
  16. I Want To Love
  17. King
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