AOTY 2019

Stage Four

Touché Amoré - Stage Four
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2016 Ratings: #34 / 763
User Score
Based on 163 ratings
2016 Ratings: #44
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.
thomasny18
50
I see a lot of people emotional over this album, but for me I just wasn't. I think that's where the issue is. Maybe if I felt something I'd think of it better.
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
JulianGomez974
80
Stage Four reminds of Sufjan Steven's Carrie & Lowell, but with mores straight to the point verses, heartfelt vocals and a concept that will break you in tears. I wasn't too optimistic with this album because I thought that Touché Amoré were going to bring generic emo and post-hardcore rock, however, I was greatly surprised with the amount of depth that these guys got in the production and overall writing. It doesn't take more than two songs to really get into the sad story of ... read more
micksticky
95
It's very easy to say that it's got to the point where post-hardcore just isn't good anymore but, if you really look for it, there is still plenty of great music in the genre. A good example of this is Touché Amoré. Stage Four is easily their best release to date. With lyrics inspired by the death of frontman Jeremy Bolm's mother, Stage Four is full of utterly devastating emotional intensity from start to finish. The brutally honest lyrics and the delivery of them have the power ... read more
100cabinets
95
essential gut wrenching sadness
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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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