Chromatics
Kill For Love


3.5
great

Review

by Major Tom CONTRIBUTOR (139 Reviews)
May 31st, 2012 | 10 replies | 1,998 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A broken kind of paradise…

Chromatics, like many on the Italians Do It Better label, operate in a brand of indie electronica borrowing heavily from the italo-disco and no-wave of the past to craft retrospective, moody alternative pop. This group, unsurprisingly for an IDIB label outfit, features Johnny Jewel on synth duties, and Kill for Love feels like his ship more than it does any other Chromite.

Less danceable and synthy than his work with label-mates Glass Candy, Kill for Love is a rigid, cinematic piece marked by sturdy, motoric melodies and a sense of late night sombre moodiness. That instantly rules the band out for anyone who enjoys dynamic, skittish music as Kill for Love is a long (1hrs 30 mins), unfolding, dramatic ride that requires maturity and patience to fully appreciate.

However, the samey, interconnected nature of the album can become a hindrance at times, and certain tracks, given their stoic stance, can fall flat and drag if a certain beat or hook just doesn’t connect right. Chromatics don’t like to deviate from the melodic path they set out on, so if you don’t like what you hear it’s going to be a bumpy ride for a while. But on the same token, when a beautiful, solidly realised moment does appear, the lengthy, deliberate nature of the band ensures it’s a pondered and superb flash of paradise – such as ‘Into the Black’, ‘Kill for Love’ and ‘The River’.

Its best served as an atmospheric piece, but it’s incorrect to label Kill for Love ambient. Male and female vocals appear from time to time, and are always uttered without soul – rather, breathy and phonetically pleasing than anything more significant. The music is not solely electronic either, with sparse guitars and bass filling out the more sprightly tracks, and working well might it be said. But for the most part this is all about atmosphere – a chilly, nocturnal electronic atmosphere that takes its time to deliver its set intentions.

All in all, Kill for Love doesn’t change Chromatics path but rather continue forging down the same road, orienteered by Johnny Jewel. Slow, deliberate and slightly challenging, the album is a very sturdy, journeymen type of release that will please fans of the genre enough to warrant one and a half hours of their time, but doubtless make the detractors fall asleep while Chromatics’ niche night music plods pleasantly on.



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Irving
Staff Reviewer
May 31st 2012



7142 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Heard this was really good. Evidently it isn't really, eh Major Tom?

Tom93M
Contributing Reviewer
May 31st 2012



1106 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Hey Irving. At times its brilliant, but as a whole its overlong and not as consistent as it needs to be for a 4.5 imo.

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
May 31st 2012



3762 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah, don't wanna be that guy, but Night Drive is better - more intimate, personal - than this.

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MaskAtTheMasquerade
May 31st 2012



2887 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

felt like this album had a ton of potential but i totally agree about the consistency thing

Tom93M
Contributing Reviewer
May 31st 2012



1106 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I agree, Night Drive was better. More memorable tracks in addition to what you said.

AggravatedYeti
May 31st 2012



7684 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

loving this record so very much.

bloc
May 31st 2012



34679 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This sounds cool

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Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
May 31st 2012



18043 Comments


didnt really get this album

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bloc
May 31st 2012



34679 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This is pretty cool overall, has several keepers.

I noticed the first half of the album has this almost creepy vibe.

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
May 31st 2012



7314 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Not entirely sure this is my kind of thing but I've been meaning to listen to it for a while. Nice review as ever!



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