The Line Is a Curve

Kae Tempest - The Line Is a Curve
Critic Score
Based on 17 reviews
2022 Ratings: #56 / 330
User Score
Based on 155 ratings
2022 Ratings: #178
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
The Skinny

Kae Tempest's new album The Line Is a Curve is their most open, vulnerable and beautiful yet.

90
Gigwise

They mix the personal, the political, and the everyday in such a way that other artists seldom manage, and The Line is a Curve is a continuation of that trend.

90
AllMusic
More aesthetically modern and approachable than some of their other records, though no less potent, this is Kae Tempest at their best.
80
Mojo

Conceptually looser than its predecessors, its preoccupations with resilience, acceptance and surrender sing through Tempest's soul-mining, secret-bearing wordplay, revealing a more intimate dimension to this incisive chronicler of beleaguered times.

80
Uncut

Smart, sharp and endlessly stimulating.

80
DIY

Rife with feelings of ephemeral isolation and deep personal anxieties, they have realised a new wave of modern storytelling.

80
Louder Than War

More personal, warmer and musically evolved, it represents an important milestone in their career.

80
NME

The songwriter and poet's fourth record is a direct and dazzling step forward, and provides a shining example of the power in emotional exploration.

80
Crack Magazine

The Line Is a Curve is the joyful sound of an artist reaching their highest potential, on their own terms.

80
Dork

With fourth studio album ‘The Line Is A Curve’, Kae explores the complexities of life and love with a fresh finesse.

80
The Telegraph

There is a lot to unpack on “this thing”.

80
Record Collector

Deeply compelling work from the UK's premier spoken word artist.

80
The Observer
Dealing with themes of love and isolation, Tempest’s genre-blending fourth album is their most grounded project to date.
80
Spectrum Culture
Every corner, every nook of Tempest’s reflections on their life’s prospective trajectory is a self-affirmation, not necessarily out of satisfaction, but out of trust that everyday life has more to offer than middling routine.
78
Beats Per Minute

In relinquishing the role of preacher, Tempest has opened up an introspective path, lined with implicit narratives – it is for the listener to draw them out.

70
Clash

What ‘The Line Is A Curve’ teaches us is that Tempest is still capable of tremendous feats of lyricism and dynamic storytelling; if its inconsistency feels a little frustrating at times, it’s perhaps testament to the flow that bound together previous records with such success.

70
Pitchfork
The London-based literary polymath’s fourth album fuses spoken-word poetry with skeletal production, painting a picture of contemporary UK culture in imagistic, intricately wrought verse.
Louis13
75

UK artist Kae Tempest returns with a fusion of emotionally palpable poetry and electronically tinged hip-hop production courtesy of Dan Carey. I resent calling this a spoken word album since the poems are sometimes performed melodically and somewhat on-beat; it doesn't sound much different than when rappers intentionally rap slightly off-beat. The cherry on the top is that Lianne La Havas, Kevin Abstract and Fontaines DC frontman Grian Chatten all kill their features.

Favourite Tracks: ... read more

84

not sure why this currently has such a low user score - it’s top quality Tempest

5ifthave
NR

looks like yung lean on the cover

StreetsDisciple
69

I first heard Kate on 'Let Them Eat Chaos' that I played non-stop. Since then, nothing has matched the best on that album. I have found more here that I enjoy than her previous album though. There is more 'music' here than the aforementioned album that at times didn't have a lot behind her vocals. Between a 3.5 and a 3 outta 5.

Best Tracks: Priority Boredom, Salt Coast, Water in the Rain, More Pressure, Grace

DareG
75

While sonically and lyrically impressive, each track does seem to drag a bit in turn

Standouts: No Prizes, More Pressure, Salt Coast, These Are the Days

Dropouts: Move, Grace

s3samestreet
70

An enjoyable listen but not sure how much I would come back to this in the future. Definitely a super interesting album and stands out because of how unique the flow and lyricism is. I actually enjoy the monotone sort of spoken vocals quite a bit as it's something I haven't heard a ton. I love how they took elements of spoken word and combined it with genre's that you would never think could go with poetical lyrics. I just found myself getting a bit irritated with the flow at parts, but just a ... read more

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Track List

1Priority Boredom
2:45
74
2I Saw Light
3:03
75
3Nothing to Prove
3:26
72
4No Prizes
4:16
81
5Salt Coast
5:53
74
6Don't You Ever
3:03
70
7These Are the Days
4:01
73
8Smoking
4:19
71
9Water in the Rain
3:53
feat. ãssia
73
10Move
2:24
74
11More Pressure
3:14
84
12Grace
4:32
70
Total Length: 44 minutes
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Added on: January 10, 2022