Drifters / Love Is The Devil

Dirty Beaches - Drifters / Love Is The Devil
Critic Score
Based on 19 reviews
2013 Ratings: #251 / 955
User Score
Based on 79 ratings
2013 Ratings: #49
May 21, 2013 / Release Date
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Zoo Music / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

86
Beats Per Minute

He’s fulfilled every promise made by Badlands and then some, and despite whatever depths of pain made such an eruption of shattered awesome possible, he’s managed not just one of the best albums of the year, but one of the most genuinely moving, as well.

84
Pitchfork

Drifters/Love Is the Devil is more robust and eccentric than anything he's ever released before.

80
The 405

Even without lyrics or a voice for over half the album, Dirty Beaches still affects emotions in a primitive, endearing way.

80
musicOMH

As it turns out, to be confused on how to take this record is to be listening to it properly: it’s an album about confusion itself.

80
Tiny Mix Tapes

The albums are two vistas from two emotional locales - Drifters being external, Love is The Devil being internal - that reflect the two facets of authentic lonerism: the perception of the stalwart nomad and the emotional derangement of permanent displacement.

80
No Ripcord

While it’s certainly debatable whether or not Drifters / Love Is the Devil would work best in a more condensed, single-serving format, the two aesthetically unique yet thematically linked halves present a sort of detailed descent into madness that would be hard to pull off without the extra disc space.

76
Paste

The gloomy and beautiful tracks on Love is the Devil may be pointing a way forward for Dirty Beaches, they may have been conceived as a spiritual complement to Drifters, or they may just be a temporary detour; whatever their intent though, their presence is a welcome addition to the Dirty Beaches catalog.

70
Drowned in Sound

Isolated, disparaging and ultimately self-referential, Hungtai has delivered an album that might not sit well with those in thrall to the more upbeat constructions of his previous works

70
AllMusic

Drifters/Love Is the Devil spans nearly every sound in Dirty Beaches' musical spectrum to make another strongly evocative album in Hungtai's body of work.

70
Consequence of Sound

More than a double album, Drifters/Love is the Devil is a pair of poignant records. Hungtai’s ideas swing rapidly from beautiful to chaotic to completely atonal.

70
DIY

Individually these would be two good albums. But as a complimentary pair they become much more. Atmospheric and emotional, experimental and personal.

70
PopMatters

As tough sledding as Drifters/Love Is the Devil can be both psychically and musically, there are enough moments of enlightenment that make you more than willing to follow Hungtai wherever he goes

60
NME

There are magic moments, but the overall effect might make you drift off rather than have you on the edge of your seat. 

55
Under The Radar

Drifters/Love is the Devil eschews Dirty Beaches' wonderful penchant for crafting fictional musical worlds. Instead, it lurches within a reality-focused album that is stuck in a noxious tar pit of remorse, nostalgia, depravity, and relational apocalypse. 

JohnLouisHoward
90
"Casino Lisboa" is the jam.
CheapandLethal
60
Fairly uninspiring
tha138
79
The mirror-ball of the gutter is set and the night-riders take the signal and start the dance.
Watch out!
FinalLifeline
80
This double-album is like a dream on record. It's as cloudy and confusing and unsettling as most of my dreams, at least. The first half, Drifters, feels like laying on the ground wasted and unable to move while some kind of party goes on around you. The second half, Love Is the Devil, feels like coming out of it to find that your lover is with someone else. It's a hangover, a comedown, a revelation, and a rebirth all at once. It's strange and disorienting, but it's beautiful.
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#24/Tiny Mix Tapes
#40/Time Out London
#57/Rough Trade

MISC LISTS

#14/Exclaim! (Pop & Rock)

Track List

  1. Night Walk
  2. I Dream In Neon
  3. Belgrade
  4. Casino Lisboa
  5. ELLI
  6. Aurevoir Mon Visage
  7. Mirage Hall
  8. Landscapes In The Mist
  9. Greyhound At Night
  10. This Is Not My City
  11. Woman
  12. Love Is The Devil
  13. Alone At The Danube River
  14. I Don’t Know How To Find My Way Back To You
  15. Like The Ocean We Part
  16. Berlin
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Added on: January 28, 2013