How to Dress Well - Total Loss
Critic Score
Based on 21 reviews
2012 Ratings: #133 / 928
Year End Rank: #49
User Score
Based on 91 ratings
2012 Ratings: #92
Your Review


The 405

I'm not ashamed to say that listening to this album gave me goose bumps

Beats Per Minute

It’s an album that ceaselessly overflows with love and a desire to reach out and relate, and it’s this that makes such a heavy album so accessible and so resoundingly good.


Total Loss uses the common tools of pop expression-- four-minute songs, autobiography, choruses, confession-- to create a work of poignant and devastating art.

FACT Magazine

What we’re treated to here is more coherent songs, while the onus has shifted from studio editing and loops to organic arrangements, another clarity-lending move.

Drowned in Sound

Total Loss isn’t weaker in any single sense, but I’m not sure it if it builds on its predecessor either.


Hugely accomplished, traversing skittish Janet Jackson-style ballads, string-laden hymns and neo-soul with ease, while Krell lets his now exposed voice do most of the talking to humbling effect.

Consequence of Sound

On Total Loss, Krell is far more confrontational and less sedated in the face of his woes, upping the sentimental weight in the process


Even though Total Loss was inspired by death, the album’s emotional spectrum is wide-ranging, with solemn meditations balanced out by blissful pop. 

Pretty Much Amazing

Total Loss can be more aesthetically interesting than genuinely moving and it’s almost always too cluttered with floating abstractions.


It’s rare for an ostensibly ‘indie’ release to be so emotionally straight-faced and soulful. 

Under The Radar

When Krell is on, he’s on. When he’s not, at least the mood remains intact

May 18, 2017
Tom Krell closes his eyes and lets the emotions of a total loss create the deep, pop mystique that is coming out of his sophomore album.
Nov 20, 2014
Tom Simmons
Fav Tracks: Cold Nites, Ocean Floor For Everything, When I Was In Trouble, Say My Name Or Say Whatever, Running Back, Set It Right
Jul 2, 2014
Best Track: Cold Nites; Say My Name Or Say Whatever; World I Need You, Won't Be Without You (Proem); Talking To You; or Set It Right
Worst Track: Struggle
Most Overrated Track: & It Was U
Most Underrated Track: Ocean Floor For Everything
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Track List
  1. When I Was In Trouble 
  2. Cold Nites 
  3. Say My Name Or Say Whatsoever
  4. Running Back 
  5. & It Was U 
  6. World I Need You, Won’t Be Without You (Proem) 
  7. Struggle 
  8. How Many? 
  9. Talking To You 
  10. Set It Right 
  11. Ocean Floor For Everything
Contributions By
thisisabtlgrnd, patton, philthy, erik

Added on: June 28, 2012