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How To Dress Well - Total Loss

Released: 17/09/2012 Weird World
On the follow up to his 2010 debut Love Remains, Tom Krell continues to ply an ethereal mix of indie and R&B that seems to belong to the wee small hours. There’s certainly an audience for this stuff; the popularity of The xxBon Iver (his tremulous falsetto shares much with Krell’s) and Frank Ocean’s Channel Orange suggest this might be just be Krell’s moment. For more information visit: http://howtodresswell.com/ Buy: http://howtodresswell.com/ Watch:
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The Line of Best Fit“A stirring new collection...” The only bad part about listening to Tom Krell’s beguiling, ethereal second album is being harshly snapped out of that dreamlike enchantment by the noisy, inevitable trappings of the modern day...
 
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allmusic“A bold move...” Total Loss reflects a trade-off of one type of emotional expression for another, and the change from the ghostly intimacy of Krell's debut to this clearer, more overt music makes for a prettier, more polished set of songs...
 
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MusicOMH“Emotionally-wrought...” It’s clear from listening to Total Loss that Krell isn’t chasing commercial success. This is a subtle, at times difficult record that takes multiple listens to reveal its depths...
 
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Guardian“One of the year's most affecting records...” It's minimalist electro-soul with handclaps, echo-laden drum machines, ghostly melodies and a strings section (for sublime instrumental World I Need You, Won't Be Without You [Proem])...
 
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Pitchfork“A work of poignant and devastating art...” Where Love Remains drew much of its power from emotional suggestion and tactile sensation, Total Loss uses the common tools of pop expression-- four-minute songs, autobiography, choruses, confession...
 
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Clash Music“Meanders in a falsetto-type land once occupied by Justin Timberlake...” Wispy, featherlike atmospheres ensue on opener ‘When I Was In Trouble’ whilst guitar-laden ‘Running Back’ swigs more noticeably from the R&B chalice. HWTD has dug himself a neat, little songbird alcove and it’s one only he can reach...
 
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BBC“Mixed results...” His improved state of mind, and the superior production on some of the tracks, does bring the music on occasion perilously close to the RnB blandness to which this is presumably supposed to provide an alternative...
 
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NME“Leftfield R&B’s album of the year...” This second album is hugely accomplished, traversing skittish Janet Jackson-style ballads, string-laden hymns and neo-soul with ease, while Krell lets his now exposed voice do most of the talking to humbling effect...
 
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Drowned In Sound“I’m not sure it if it builds on its predecessor...” This music – haunting minimalist electro-r&b – should be experienced in the dead of night, lights off, alone in the darkness. Its pale skin must never be touched by the warming, cheering fingers of sunshine...
 
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