Compassion

Lust for Youth - Compassion
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
2016 Ratings: #625 / 758
User Score
Based on 32 ratings
2016 Ratings: #465
March 18, 2016 / Release Date
LP / Format
Sacred Bones / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
NME
This feels like the album Lust For Youth wanted to make, not a cheap shot at success.
80
AllMusic

It all makes for a heartfelt, satisfying whole that reaffirms Lust for Youth as one of the few bands reinterpreting the '80s that can rival and surpass its influences as well as its contemporaries.

75
The Line of Best Fit

As a whole, Compassion is very impressive. It’s a largely fat-free collection of club-ready Danish synth-pop.

75
The 405

Compassion is Lust For Youth's most compact album, with only 8 tracks, and benefits from its trim nature.

70
musicOMH
Unsurprisingly it is when the band are pushing at the peripheries (such as on the slow burning croon of Display) that they’re at their best. If there’s a future to Lust For Youth, it lies in these flashes of inspiration rather than the sense of nostalgia that pervades much of the album.
70
PopMatters

Lust for Youth’s Compassion treats its influences with the care that realizes the importance of going beyond such a sound rather than completely imitating it.

67
Consequence of Sound
Rather than try to encompass all their various musical ideas into one sprawl, Lust For Youth disaggregate their harsher inclinations further here, resulting in a lean, focused album that relies on consistency rather than surprise.
62
Pitchfork

Compassion still feels like the album that Lust For Youth have been working toward this whole time—it just turns out that the journey may have been more rewarding than the destination.

60
The Skinny
When the pace slows ... the group’s very affected 80s-evoking style becomes a bit overbearing, so committed to its trendy celestial shtick that it runs the risk of rebounding past retro-chic back into tacky territory again. Careful with that synth.
60
No Ripcord

Partly attributed to Norrvide’s slack croon, there’s little reason to believe that Lust for Youth will ever cross over into any major festival tents, seeing as he remains staunchly committed to a more rigid form of gloomy melancholia that sadly never reconvened after it peaked with the release of Violator.

60
DIY
With room for refinement this isn’t LFY’s crowning glory by any stretch, but it’s a purposeful record that shows a trio holding on to the makings of something quite special.
50
Exclaim!

Compassion strains under the weight of its influences, Norvvide's baritone has less weight to it than David Gahan's, and some of the lyrics come off as awkward.

seszental
66
BEST TRACKS:
- Sudden Ambitions
- Better Looking Brother
- Display
tha138
53
Wounded electro-pop should be treated with such compassion when it comes to fulfill the fantasy of praising its ancestors.
danielleandrea
75
1. Stardom 0.79
2. Limerence 0.84
3. Easy Window 0.60
4. Sudden Ambitions 0.96
5. Better Looking Brother 0.90
6. Display 0.71
7. Tokyo 0.89
8. In Return 0.50
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Track List

  1. Stardom
  2. Limerence
  3. Easy Window
  4. Sudden Ambitions
  5. Better Looking Brother
  6. Display
  7. Tokyo
  8. In Return
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Added on: January 17, 2016