How to Dress Well - Care
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
2016 Ratings: #518 / 758
User Score
Based on 72 ratings
2016 Ratings: #528
September 23, 2016 / Release Date
LP / Format
Weird World, Domino / Label
R&B, Alternative R&B / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
The Line of Best Fit

Care is as close to a perfect example of modern music as you're likely to find – it’s self-reliant, self-assured and packed with more hooks than a cloakroom.

80
The Skinny

Combine his fearlessness in the face of feelings with a die-hard, academic belief in the cathartic power of music, and you have Care

80
Exclaim!

His ability to make sonically adventurous, emotionally rich pop has made him a perpetually welcome presence in a crowded field and made Care another triumph.

80
PopMatters

Hooks abound, he aspires to hear himself on the same radio stations next to the same artists he respects and reveres. How to Dress Well is ready for the world, and Care steps forward and into the space occupied by mainstream pop artists.

80
Drowned in Sound

There is something for everybody here. That he seems to pull off every style he tries his hand at with such assurance is a testament to his talent.

80
AllMusic

Impressively, Krell continues to find new approaches within his style; even though Care's clarity is the polar opposite of Love Remains, it feels equally true.

75
Consequence of Sound

While the results are often dazzling, Care is also the HTDW album that’s likeliest to put off Krell’s early fans.

68
Pitchfork

Though several of the songs on Care are extraordinary, others are superficial, failing to deliver on the depth that has been such an essential part of How to Dress Well’s appeal.

65
The 405

What's here is perfectly adequate pop record - but is that something we can accept from a man with such prior peaks?

58
Pretty Much Amazing

By going bigger than anything that preceded it, Care has the emotional resonance of a postcard; by trying to reach everyone, its emotional core reaches nobody.

56
Resident Advisor

There's a dreamlike logic to much of Care: it's atmospheric, but it doesn't make sense.

40
The Guardian

On Care, his fourth LP, the slightly opaque experimentalism of his old, intriguing material such as Ready for the World is substituted for a more conventional pop sensibility. It’s a direction he began moving in with 2014’s What Is This Heart?, but here Krell takes it further – sometimes into the realms of pop at its most irredeemably schmaltzy.

40
DIY
He’s spent half a decade making music so decidedly settled on the fringes of pop and R&B. It’s due time he either sticks his neck out and goes full-gloss pop, or hedges his bets on the wild extremes of ‘Care’’s best moments. As it currently stands, he’s neither one thing or the other.
lemuriams
66
How to dress well this album shows that he is only human and will not do epic works every time.
The album is not as deep as precedents - is a pop album / alternative pop?

PS. This album sounds like it was made for the Nexus (they'll take everything you have)

I personally think this album is a rest from the larger ambitions.

Anxious, Lost Youth / Lost You, What's Up are really good songs.
pstaggs
55
Care is bombastically mediocre.

Tom Krell has been making R&B music as How to Dress Well since the outset of the 2010's, and he's pretty good at it, too. 2014's What Is This Heart? was a particularly beautiful album that smartly balanced his pop style with his aching, insular songwriting sensibilities. His new album, Care sounds similar musically. However, it is simply lacking the great songwriting that set his past albums apart.

Tom's beautiful voice is on display in full force across ... read more
JFulfy
68
What a horrible turn How To Dress Well has taken. I am so disappointed..
75
There are spots that are just as powerful as previous works.
76
Fav tracks: can't you tell, what's up, the ruins, theyll take everything you have
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#11/The Wild Honey Pie
#30/Variance
#79/Earbuddy

Track List

  1. Can't You Tell
  2. Salt Song
  3. What's Up
  4. Lost Youth / Lost You
  5. The Ruins
  6. Burning Up
  7. I Was Terrible
  8. Anxious
  9. Time Was Meant To Stay
  10. Made a Lifetime
  11. They'll Take Everything You Have
  12. Untitled
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