Cigarettes After Sex

Cigarettes After Sex - Cigarettes After Sex
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
2017 Ratings: #397 / 725
User Score
Based on 276 ratings
2017 Ratings: #348
June 9, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
Partisan / Label
Dream Pop, Slowcore / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

85
Northern Transmissions
After years of attention around a handful of smaller releases they finally break into their first full-length, and while it doesn’t always feel as fleshed out, the focus on the record is hypnotizing.
84
GIGsoup
This is definitely a Sunday evening album, or a middle-of-the-night insomnia album, one which needs to be listened to in uninterrupted peace and quiet to be fully appreciated. It is the fully-realised, masterfully crafted product of the last nine years of Cigarettes After Sex’s sound.
80
The Guardian
Time will tell whether this is as good as Cigarettes After Sex get, but for now, it’s undoubtedly good enough: close your ears to the occasional lyrical gaffe and you might have one of the debut albums of the year.
80
The 405
With such an ambient, lo-fi alcove of genre there is always the possibility that tone can wash over us and become stagnant, and I must admit I was fearful that this could well be the case prior to listening. However, the quartet have very delicately cultivated a body of work that, despite the record's undeniable steadiness, is alluring from start to finish.
80
musicOMH

If you’re listening to the record all the way through, it will be, admittedly, difficult to pick out anything significantly different about each track. But after a few plays, the songs manage to materialise from the misty mystique, forming their own identities at last.

80
PopMatters
For once, the hype is entirely justified. This is quite possibly one of the best albums of the year. There is so much to admire here, and while it will be interesting to see what stylistic direction the band takes going forward, albums of such raw immediacy don’t come around all that often, regardless of the genre.
80
Under The Radar
Simply put, many dream-pop bands don't have songs this good nor do they have singers this good who aren't afraid to put their vocals up front without burying them with effects. Those things, along with the wonderful production (by Gonzalez himself) are what makes this release truly exciting.
75
A.V. Club

The pond-ripple guitars, jazzy cymbal taps, and misty keyboards heard throughout the self-titled debut album by Cigarettes After Sex will trigger Pavlovian chills in anyone with even a passing appreciation for Twin Peaks.

74
Pitchfork

At first the repetition of certain elements—echoing guitars, soft hi-hats, elastic basslines—seems overbearing. But after multiple listens, Cigarettes After Sex’s less-is-more ethos is clear, and their heady melange of several genres of subdued indie rock begins to make more sense.

70
The Line of Best Fit
Their self-titled debut album, which comes almost five years after their breakout EP I., is a collection of musings on romance and eroticism that have the languid pace and frank tone of a post-coital haze.
70
Clash

This eponymous debut has an almost ethereal quality, bringing love songs and ambience together in one dreamy swoop — the perfect backdrop to intimacy, whether post-sex or otherwise.

60
The Skinny

Cigarettes After Sex isn’t quite as addictive as nicotine, but there’s still a bit of a buzz to be had in the occasional dip into the band's gauzy realm.

60
AllMusic
Overall, chronically anti-romantic moments are eclipsed by sweet, somnambulant melodies that may not quicken the pulse but often hypnotize nevertheless.
40
No Ripcord

At once droll and melancholic, Cigarettes After Sex struggles to earn the aural beauty it desperately seeks.

Doofy
96
This possesses a quality I find less and less in debut albums as time passes...this has the feel of a cult classic that's come out of nowhere. Though it doesn't resemble Portishead's 'Dummy' too closely in purely musical terms (well, they're both nocturnal listens), there's still something here that reminds me ever so slightly of that same sort of deal.

So we have ten 4-5 minutes tunes that adhere closely to a consistent atmosphere; a track 2 that sounds the equivalent of 'Dummy's track 2 ... read more
joan_
28
GOD, I COULD ENJOY SOME SONGS OUT OF THIS THING INDIVIDUALLY, BUT AS A PROJECT? THIS IS SO ONE DIMENSIONAL THAT I FEEL LIKE I'M TRAPPED IN A BOX, A DARK FLAT BOX THAT'S JUST SLOWLY SPINNING AROUND AND AROUND AND AROUND ULTIL I FALL ASLEEP AND DIE OH MY GOOOOOOIHHHHDDDDDD
MinatoArisato
75
A hypnotic and charming album, I do have to say that a lot of these tracks just meld together and all have a similar sound that can make individual songs a bit forgettable, but as an album, it's pretty good. It has a hazy and dreamlike mood along with some really soft and enchanting vocal work. It's far from perfect but I am really interested to see what the band does next as this album shows a lot of promise and potential for the future.

Best Track: John Wayne
Worst Track: Each Time You Fall ... read more
rosevean
78
#1 K.
#6 Sweet
#9 John Wayne
EMR
58
Cigarettes After Sex' long-awaited sophomore LP is a gracefully-crafted set of hazy, hypnotic dream-pop songs that, in essence, follow the same aesthetical choices took by the band in their beloved first EP. It wouldn't be unwise to say they're sticking to their guns and delivering pretty much what many fans would like to hear, and, by doing so, they take the risk of sounding like a more obscure version of Beach House. Aesthetical comparisons aside, here they manage to deliver a considerably ... read more
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MISC LISTS

#50/Drift Records

Track List

  1. K.
  2. Each Time You Fall In Love
  3. Sunsetz
  4. Apocalypse
  5. Flash
  6. Sweet
  7. Opera House
  8. Truly
  9. John Wayne
  10. Young & Dumb
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