Chromatics
Kill For Love


3.5
great

Review

by Major Tom CONTRIBUTOR (139 Reviews)
May 31st, 2012 | 24 replies


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


7312 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


3772 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


7685 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

loving this record so very much.

bloc
May 31st 2012


34925 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This sounds cool

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
May 31st 2012


18725 Comments


didnt really get this album

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bloc
May 31st 2012


34925 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


7363 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!

NorthernSkylark
August 30th 2014


3830 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this average lies hard

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SeaAnemone
August 30th 2014


20554 Comments


yeah this album is near perfect

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NorthernSkylark
August 30th 2014


3830 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

kill for love, lady, these streets will never look the same (could go on!)

SeaAnemone
August 30th 2014


20554 Comments


the album is front-loaded for sure, but love Birds of Paradise in the middle for some reason

NorthernSkylark
August 30th 2014


3830 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

it has way to few ratings, hmm

fish.
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September 11th 2014


22014 Comments


Into The Black, Lady and Candy are all 9/10

album's a bit bloated though

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SeaAnemone
September 11th 2014


20554 Comments


people say that
and it's sorta a fair criticism
but I mean
I like that about the album
it's good for a mood
it glides by
and it's so affecting sometimes
and just creates this perfect backgrounds others

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
September 11th 2014


22014 Comments


idk I just have a short attention span with albums like that. just end up going back to the songs I like
rather than ever listening to the album as a whole

NorthernSkylark
September 12th 2014


3830 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this is perfect for driving home late at night

and yeah, i really enjoy how ambitious/grand this is

SeaAnemone
September 12th 2014


20554 Comments


skylark gets it

is he a new user

because skylark for BNU best new user



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