AOTY 2019
Hercules and Love Affair - Omnion
Critic Score
Based on 17 reviews
2017 Ratings: #391 / 725
User Score
Based on 54 ratings
2017 Ratings: #341
September 1, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
Big Beat, Atlantic / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

85
The 405
This is music that can offer everything, but demands nothing. That's no small feat for dance music in the howling maw of 2017.
80
Slant Magazine

With Omnion, Butler and singers Rouge Mary and Gustaph tap into this rich history, delivering one of the most emotive albums of the year using a blend of synthetic beats and human voices.

80
The Guardian

The topic of mainstay Andy Butler’s relapse into drug addiction and his recovery hangs over Omnion. It should be a tough subject for an album thick with four-to-the-floor beats to address – who wants to be reminded of the downside of hedonism while lost on the dancefloor? – but Butler has form in hitching difficult topics to dance music

80
musicOMH

Cutting a path somewhere between the sonic worlds of New Order and !!! (Chk Chk Chk), Omnion runs determinedly in Butler’s own unique direction, mixing decadence and daring and making for something rather special.

80
DIY

In a landscape overloaded with accessible takes on house, Hercules & Love Affair are cemented as a much-needed proponent of authenticity, and a vital queer voice.

80
The Line of Best Fit

Omnion isn't hugely different from the Hercules albums that came before it, but that's not really the appeal of the group: their records have always been episodic because of their guest vocalists, and Omnion feels like checking in with a group of friends, the focus shifting with each new song.

80
AllMusic

Richly layered and emotive even by Hercules & Love Affair's standards, Omnion is equally committed to moving hearts and bodies.

78
Resident Advisor

Hercules & Love Affair's fourth album, Omnion, is ... touched by specific tragedies: the massacres at Orlando's Pulse nightclub and the Bataclan in Paris ... These events seem to have inspired more engagement with the wider world here.

77
Pitchfork
With this album, Butler has thrown caution to the wind and his soul-searching has created some of his best dancefloor experimentation in years.
70
Loud and Quiet

The album loses some of its spark in its second half, when the formula is repeated too often. But even in these moments, it’s a classy, passionate homage to dance music history.

60
Drowned in Sound
Butler's inventiveness, willingness to confront his personal life and use music as a form of catharsis have always constituted the strengths of the collective Hercules & Love Affair. But while their trademark sound is still there, Hercules & Love Affair have failed to produce a satisfying sequel to their previous albums.
50
Exclaim!

Omnion is Hercules and Love Affair's most mature album, but people have never turned to this group for introspective ballads. Now it's obvious why.

40
God Is in the TV
A disappointing record overall. On the evidence of this, Hercules And Love Affair are a far better idea than musical prospect at the moment. Most every track feels like an opportunity missed.
zeyadreda
69
one of my fav electronic albums of this year, the year wasn't so good for electronic anyway but this one is very good and have a variety of sounds that you gonna like and a lot of features, i'm shocked when i found Mashrou' Leila (you fuckin kidding me!!).
My top 3 songs are:
1- Through Your Atmosphere (feat. Faris Badwan)
2- Are You Still Certain? (feat. Mashrou' Leila)
3- Omnion (feat. Sharon Van Etten)
HighClouds
74
The fourth album from Andrew Butler’s dance music project Hercules & Love Affair, “Omnion”, is a mature piece of art that deals with overcoming addiction, being queer and sexuality.

FULL REVIEW: http://www.highclouds.org/hercules-love-affair-omnion/
JohnLouisHoward
80
"Omnion" is one of the best songs of the year. Sharon Van Etten's voice is perfect for this sound.
PaulyZ
74
TRACK LIST:

Omnion (9.7)
Controller (7.6)
Rejoice (7.4)
Are You Still Certain? (7.0)
Running (7.5)
Fools Wear Crowns (7.3)
Lies (6.5)
Wildchild (6.3)
My Curse and Cure (7.5)
Through Your Atmosphere (7.2)
Epilogue (7.7)
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Track List

  1. Omnion (feat. Sharon Van Etten)
  2. Controller (feat. Faris Badwan)
  3. Rejoice (feat. Rouge Mary)
  4. Are You Still Certain? (feat. Mashrou' Leila)
  5. Running (feat. Sísý Ey)
  6. Fools Wear Crowns
  7. Lies (feat. Gustaph)
  8. Wildchild (feat. Rouge Mary)
  9. My Curse and Cure (feat. Gustaph)
  10. Through Your Atmosphere (feat. Faris Badwan)
  11. Epilogue (feat. Gustaph)
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