Spiritual Songs for Lovers to Sing

LUH - Spiritual Songs for Lovers to Sing
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2016 Ratings: #106 / 762
User Score
Based on 90 ratings
2016 Ratings: #203
May 6, 2016 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
The Line of Best Fit
The record succeeds at using its production techniques to bolster the stirring songwriting on display rather than acting as an unnecessary commodity. In turn, the behemoth LUH have created stands proudly on the post-millennial musical landscape, ready to exhibit its wonders to all.
90
Drowned in Sound

Once more, Ellery James Roberts finds himself with a unique project that may well burn so intense that there are no corners left to light.

85
The 405
Although it seems reductionist to place the album so closely with Ellery's other work, it does seem fitting. He writes in a certain style, produces in a certain style and sings in a certain style. LUH keeps everything that made his previous projects captivating and channels them into areas where they shouldn't really work. But that's why this album works.
83
Pretty Much Amazing

On Spiritual Songs for Lovers to Sing, Roberts and Hoorn deliver a beautiful album filled with bombastic, gothic and anthemic hymns that aim for deliverance.

83
Consequence of Sound
They avoid the placid, disillusioned platitudes that can befall music like this, earning the catharsis they strive for. Their commitment and belief to what they’re saying sells it, and by building a world of sound that rises to meet their longing, they achieve that grand scale.
80
The Guardian
It’s a combination that is gratifyingly peculiar and, thanks to a knack for satisfying toplines, holds a significant amount of jubilant appeal.
80
Under The Radar

Every single song sounds crafted to provide a journey and an insight; that nearly every one succeeds is a triumph. Spiritual Songs may be an emotionally tiring listen, but in 2016, it's unrivaled in conviction and sonic release.

78
Pitchfork

The overall feeling is of an all-hands, against-the-odds triumph against staggering forces.

70
Loud and Quiet
It’s a confident and occasionally confrontational record ... one that some will undoubtedly accuse of conceitedness or taking itself too seriously.
70
AllMusic

Spiritual Songs is not a casual listen and can be emotionally overwhelming at times, requiring complete attention in order to fully enter the intimate world of these star-crossed lovers. Once inside, Spiritual Songs for Lovers to Sing is as intoxicating as falling in love for the first or last time.

60
DIY
There are just a few too many of these aggressive, tumultuous ballads and the result is each one loses some of its power every time another crashes into being.
AmericaanSpirit
97
A triumph of pain and determination. Never before has passion been so loud and brilliantly bright.

BEST TRACKS: (all of them)
80
Excellent
Guigss
77
Beside some songs that stay in mediocrity, despite their boldness to create things on their own, in the end you feel like they did it and, also, gave us one of the most beautiful songs of 2016: Here Our moment Ends.
82
Favorite tracks: I&I, Unites, Future Blues, Someday Come, $ORO, Lament
JulianGomez974
74
Not as strong as I was expecting, but LUH’s debut is a deep emotional diverse genre experience. Roberts’ vocals match perfectly with the tone of the album and his partner, Ebony Hoorn, that brings a spiritual yet balanced vibe. They go everywhere, shoegaze, EDM, indie pop, indie rock and even some acoustic ballads with a few synthesizers in the way. My big problem is that it doesn’t feel cohesive enough, like it wants to do everything but at the same time doesn’t say so ... read more
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Track List

  1. I&I
  2. Unites
  3. Beneath the Concrete
  4. Future Blues
  5. Someday Come
  6. $oro
  7. Here Our Moment Ends
  8. Loyalty
  9. Lost Under Heaven
  10. First Eye to the New Sky
  11. Lament
  12. The Great Longing
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