Tenderness

Blue Hawaii - Tenderness
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2017 Ratings: #273 / 722
User Score
Based on 37 ratings
2017 Ratings: #381
October 6, 2017 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

85
Northern Transmissions
Covering different sides of love through their concept album narrative, the record is one that will offer more than just dancing on repeat listens.
84
Resident Advisor

Their last album was exciting because of how it combined contemporary dance music with real feeling and warmth. Tenderness is exciting because of how simple and distilled it is, and how memorable its songs are even after just one or two listens.

80
The Line of Best Fit

Blue Hawaii’s Tenderness explores the psychically isolating nature of online relationships in a seemingly ‘connected’ world.

80
AllMusic

Tenderness sounds bigger, bolder, and more sensual than Blue Hawaii's previous work, thanks to the duo's embrace of house, disco, and '90s dance music.

72
Pitchfork

The pieces on Tenderness are all love songs about the digital age, and in order to tell these stories, sonically speaking, the two set out to create a whole new sound.

70
Loud and Quiet
The album has an intimacy that makes it worth hearing on headphones yet an extroversion that makes it one marketing push away from crossover dance success.
70
Clash
With greater room for booming electro-ballads and crisply produced dance numbers, ‘Tenderness’ is more engaging than its predecessor but no less immersive, making it on the whole a hugely accomplished return.
70
Exclaim!

The upbeat Euro-tone with a dark edge that characterizes Tenderness is tidily executed, evocative and catchy to boot.

70
The 405

Despite the unfulfilled promise of what might have been, Tenderness firmly establishes itself as a fascinating follow up to Untogether in how it contrasts with it so sharply.

PaulyZ
73
TRACK LIST:

Free at Last (6.7)
No One Like You (8.5)
Pregame / Versus Game (8.6)
Belong to Myself (6.4)
Prepare for Flight / Younger Heart (8.0)
Strummin' / Make Love Stay (6.8)
Big News / Blossoming from Your Shy (7.0)
Searching for You (7.0)
Do You Need Me? (8.8)
Tenderness (6.5)
Giggles / Far Away Soon (6.0)
mj04
84
Not a fan of their old material (it was too lo-fi for me) but this album is amazing! the production especially is fantastic, one of the best I've ever heard. Also just like in Braids Raph is finally started using her voice currectly.
Favorite songs: Make Love Stay, Younger Heart, Versus Game, Belong to Myself and Tenderness.
tinymusiccritic
73
My review for The405:

Blue Hawaii’s previous album, Untogether, ended with singer, Raphaelle Standell-Preston, letting the listener know: “The other day, I had a beautiful thought: What if I didn’t really care?”

Coming at the end of an album that bristled with anxiety and explored themes of disintegration and disconnection, it felt like a revelatory moment; a glorious letting-go. It turned out to be a turning point. Between then and now, Standell-Preston and her ... read more
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#32/Gorilla vs. Bear
#42/The Line of Best Fit

Track List

  1. Free at Last
  2. No One Like You
  3. Pregame
  4. Versus Game
  5. Belong to Myself
  6. Prepare for Flight
  7. Younger Heart
  8. Strummin'
  9. Make Love Stay
  10. Big News
  11. Blossoming from Your Shy
  12. Searching for You
  13. Do You Need Me?
  14. Tenderness
  15. Giggles
  16. Far Away Soon
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