Stage Four

Touché Amoré - Stage Four
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2016 Ratings: #32 / 758
User Score
Based on 128 ratings
2016 Ratings: #36
September 16, 2016 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

91
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.

90
Exclaim!

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

90
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.

90
The 405
Few albums this year, if any, have felt more capable of telling such vivid, striking stories with such clarity and palpable emotion.
81
Pitchfork

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.

80
The Needle Drop
Touché Amoré returns with an incredible, emotionally potent concept on their fourth album.
75
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.

70
PopMatters

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.

67
Consequence of Sound
They might not have changed much, but they sure know how to use their formula.
amygoodall
82
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Farlov
80
This churned my emotions so hard i got a tummy ache. All the lyrics screamed throughout this entire album are painfully sad. It really is the emotion that makes this album great, but there are some very nice instrumental bits as well.
liammenzies
92
If I had a pound for every time I listened to this album and cried, I'd have a lotta money.

Touche Amore tap into a plethora of emotion that results in the best record they've provided so far, the vocal delivery of Jeremy Bolm being pushed to its limit to carry warm, depressing sentiments: his lyrics are rich with pain, regrets and honesty, carrying even more of a punch with some glorious melodic hardcore instrumentals.

If you walk out of this album without a lip quiver, a few tears rolling ... read more
EMR
74
Touché Amoré are far from newcomers. At the stage the band (and the whole screamo scene) is in, little was to be expected for a new record in their rich and dramatic discography. The fact is that, Stage Four is not only a more than welcome addition to that catalogue, but a one-of-a-kind piece, highly confessional and intimate, bringing to mind some of the band's earlier works. Frontman Jeremy Bolm's performances shine bright amongst the band's very intense, passionate instrumental ... read more
Sappy
95
Top Favorite: Flowers And You
Other Favorites: Water Damage, Skyscraper, Rapture
Least Favorite: Posing Holy
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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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