Stage Four

Touché Amoré - Stage Four
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2016 Ratings: #33 / 916
User Score
Based on 219 ratings
2016 Ratings: #35
Liked by 2 people
September 16, 2016 / Release Date
LP / Format
Epitaph / Label / Website
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A.V. Club

It’s a painful record and one that becomes just as personal to its listeners as it is to its maker, thanks in part to the scene’s connective tissue.


The album is a passionately written and deeply moving meditation on loss, and Touché Amoré have never been better as a band.

Drowned in Sound

Stage Four is quite possibly Touché Amoré’s best album yet. They have once again one–upped themselves into crafting a fierce record which would do all their families proud.

The 405
Few albums this year, if any, have felt more capable of telling such vivid, striking stories with such clarity and palpable emotion.

Its vivid imagery, anthemic arrangements, and unsuspecting listenability position it as hardcore’s Carrie & Lowell: an autobiographical tragedy that soars in spite of an overwhelming urge to succumb.

The Needle Drop
Touché Amoré returns with an incredible, emotionally potent concept on their fourth album.
The Line of Best Fit

Stage Four is an exercise in catharsis and self examination of what it means to lose someone close to you, but instead of being dragged down into a spiralling bleakness, it's is an album that ultimately feels resolutely life-affirming.


Bolm puts himself out there in a way unlike ever before, and his bandmates make sure to keep the music as gripping as the poignant narrative that unfolds on Stage Four.

Consequence of Sound
They might not have changed much, but they sure know how to use their formula.
Nostalgia and Maureen Power Hour #8:

“i skip over songs because they’re too hard to hear,
like track two on Benji or What Sarah Said.
they just hit too close when i’m already in my head.”

Touché Amoré’s fourth album is a heartbreaking tragedy of losing a loved one to terminal illness. i would lie if i said i didn’t cry when listening to this album, because it would break my heart to deal with the loss of a loved one.

musically and lyrically, ... read more
until today I couldn't have said I'd ever sobbed through the ENTIRE duration of an album. start to finish. yeet.
This hurt my ears and my heart:(
The vocals are understandable while being able to keep up the the noise of this album and the lead singer has a great sing-scream delivery. While this album is really loud it is actually pretty easy to digest for people that don’t normally like Screamo the riffs are solid and again the lyrics are actually discernable so it adds to the listeners ability to connect to what is being yelled at them.

Tracks ranked:
1. Sky Scrapers
2. Flowers and You
3. New ... read more
Holy shit.
The words are powerful on this one. Never really heard grief displayed this way.
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Track List

  1. Flowers and You
  2. New Halloween
  3. Rapture
  4. Displacement
  5. Benediction
  6. Eight Seconds
  7. Palm Dreams
  8. Softer Spoken
  9. Posing Holy
  10. Water Damage
  11. Skyscraper
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Added on: June 21, 2016