Chromatics - Kill for Love
Critic Score
Based on 24 reviews
2012 Ratings: #35 / 1032
Year End Rank: #9
User Score
Based on 324 ratings
2012 Ratings: #73
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March 26, 2012 / Release Date
LP / Format
Italians Do It Better / Label
Synthpop / Genres
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Kill For Love shows that synth/dream/chill/call-it-what-you will pop can be as visceral as rock; the synth as driven and nuanced as the guitar, perhaps more so. 

Consequence of Sound

With Kill For Love, it almost feels like the man’s true thesis, as if he’s strung together all his ideas, feelings, and sounds into one colossal being that acts less like an album and more like a highly organized archive.

The 405

The album is such an entirely immersive experience from the beginning to the end that it seems somehow inappropriate to assert the superiority of one track over another.

Drowned in Sound

These opening six songs are as good as it gets, and if there were four or five more, this would be the album of the year, for sure.


It's not just a collection of hits; it's an album, one that gives the project's familiar nocturnal foreboding a new sense of grandeur. 

Beats Per Minute

Kill for Love‘s pop numbers are leaps and bounds better than almost anything else released this year, and when the album pulls away from them, it can’t help but lose quite a bit of its strength.


Kill for Love is a heavy-hearted but eternally romantic midnight road movie for the mind that’ll haunt you long after those taillights fade.

Under The Radar

With a clear opening and finale, upbeat moments and downbeat ones, romance, tragedy, and plot twists, Kill for Love feels less like an album and more like a feature film. 

This is an album truly meant to be listened to while driving down a neon lit city at night. Perhaps an overused sentiment but definitely still relevant. It's long and quite indulgent, but few albums are as committed to a style as Kill for Love is. The synthwave/dream pop aesthetic is positively gorgeous throughout. Every strung out guitar, every misty synth, every spacey drum beat, and every other sonic texture are purposeful and well placed. The rhythms and grooves throughout are all ... read more
The Needle Fart rate this album 4/10
With what should probably be the soundtrack for a film, Chromatics' Kill for Love is a sonic adventure that synth pop had not gone to in some time now. Even today, in 2019, this album, which came out in 2012, manages to impress me and out do most that have followed it. It's noisy, dreamy, and captures many tonal shifts that would fit comfortably at a night club, house party, in a lonely car ride at night on the highway, leaning back in your seat as you stare into a conscious void etc. Kill for ... read more
A synthpop record which clearly has a lot of potential but ultimately stumbles due to how padded out it is with filler and goes on for far too long.

Best Track: Kill For Love
Worst Track: Broken Mirrors
Only paid 10$ for pink vinyl to soundtrack innumerable chill-sessions for the rest of my days
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Track List

  1. Into the Black 
  2. Kill for Love 
  3. Back From the Grave 
  4. These Streets Will Never Look the Same 
  5. At Your Door 
  6. Lady 
  7. Flashback 
  8. Running From the Sun 
  9. Dust to Dust 
  10. Birds of Paradise 
  11. Electricity 
  12. Baby 
  13. The River
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Added on: March 26, 2012