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A Walk with Love and Death

Melvins - A Walk with Love and Death
Critic Score
Based on 19 reviews
2017 Ratings: #776 / 933
User Score
Based on 28 ratings
Liked by 2 people
July 7, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
Ipecac / Label
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The Line of Best Fit

Whilst perhaps unlikely to win over anyone sitting on the fence up until now this is not merely their most impressively realised effort in many a moon, but also one of the most rewarding listens of the year thus far.

Admittedly, it isn’t a particularly easy listen, but love isn’t always easy, even if it is always worthwhile.
The Skinny

Like Pavement’s whopping extended Wowee Zowee, it may be too much for your brain to absorb in a short period of time – but for all that, it’s a testament to the mighty Melvins that they continue to push the envelope into a car which they then drive at a hundred miles an hour over a cliff and into the far reaches of space.

Although this might be their most extreme and ambitious album of the past few years, it’s ultimately no more strange than so many of their records.

There's a very good Melvins album leading off A Walk with Love & Death, but the rest of it is only going to agree with a tiny numbers of fans, though it could make an effective musical backdrop for your next Halloween spook house.

The Guardian
It’s utterly uncompromising and very much for a select audience, but it is hard not to admire the band’s continued willingness to bash at the boundaries of extreme music.
A.V. Club

Along with a handful of other Melvins albums, A Walk With Love & Death seems destined to be overshadowed by the band’s stronger output.


The Melvins are like the Beatles for me: I respect them greatly and fully understand how responsible they are for shaping a large cross-section of the music I hold dear, but I don’t find the need to celebrate their every last note. That being said, the Melvins’ new double record, A Walk With Love And Death, as a whole is really tough to deal with. Really tough.


You know what Melvins' 2010's career needed? A double album. Yep, that'll save them


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Added on: April 7, 2017