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Heaven To A Tortured Mind

Yves Tumor

Heaven To A Tortured Mind

Fourth album from the Tennessee-born, Turin-based experimental electronic producer

ADM rating[?]

8.2

Label
Warp
UK Release date
03/04/2020
US Release date
03/04/2020
  1. 10.0 |   The Skinny

    Yves Tumor's fantastic new record sends the message that there's always calmness to be found amid chaos
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  2. 9.0 |   The Quietus

    Tumor harnesses his relentless curiosity to test the boundaries of rock and noise – and reinvents what we expect from both in the process
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  3. 9.0 |   Exclaim

    It's the sound of a new kind of warped pop star — an artist capable of weaving the unending unknown of space and the throb of blood and skin, willing to take us and destroy us and create something wholly new from what remains
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  4. 9.0 |   Paste Magazine

    The experimentalist proves they can be nearly anyone and maintain a sense of humor
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  5. 9.0 |   All Music

    Previously, Tumor has stated that they want to make songs listeners need to play. They more than achieve that on Heaven to a Tortured Mind, an album that suggests the easiest way to define Tumor is as an artist who consistently outdoes themself
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  6. 9.0 |   PopMatters

    On Heaven to a Tortured Mind, Yves Tumor relishes his shift to microphone caressing rock star. Here he steps out of his sonic chrysalis, dons some shiny black wings and soars
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  7. 8.8 |   Beats Per Minute

    The kind of album that challenges listeners sonically and lyrically, and makes absolutely no bones about it
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  8. 8.6 |   Under The Radar

    This is rock reimagined for a new century, to use Tumor’s words, as thrilling and unpredictable as it must have felt during its heyday
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  9. 8.5 |   Northern Transmission

    As intoxicating, exhilarating, daring, and adventurous as fans have come to expect of Yves Tumor
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  10. 8.5 |   Pitchfork

    The iconoclastic artist moves to a plush and magisterial kind of rock music for a gratifying and intense record, one whose pleasures are viscerally immediate
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  11. 8.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    Tumor proves to be a generous collaborator while consistently reinforcing their bold, singular vision
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  12. 8.0 |   Clash

    To all those troubled minds and torn hearts clinging to the past, this is utterly heavenly
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  13. 8.0 |   A.V. Club

    The execution here is indisputable, and album is a cohesive and worthwhile effort deserving of a wider audience’s attention
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  14. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    Sean Bowie’s creative imagination is extraordinary: experimental, capable of any genre, with an internal logic powering its shifts in mood
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  15. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Together with 2018’s Safe in the Hands of Love, this album represents the imperial phase of Yves Tumor’s career, him out at the vanguard of the world that he himself created. Only he can know what happens next
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  16. 8.0 |   Gigwise

    Pushing the confines of genre to its edge
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  17. 8.0 |   God Is In The TV

    Throughout the album Sean’s vocals are front and centre where previously they have often been buried or obscured
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  18. 8.0 |   Q

    Sleazy listening at its best. Print edition only

  19. 8.0 |   music OMH

    Sees Bowie settle into a rock-ish style, peppered with electronic effects and more focused on lyrics and groove than previous releases
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  20. 8.0 |   No Ripcord

    While there are moments that feel less remarkable (the insignificant Hasdallen Lights or the groovy but repetitive Asteroid Blues), Heavens to a Tortured Mind succeeds when it’s mostly focused on creating a sensual yet serious mood throughout
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  21. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Yves Tumor takes things to an unabashed glam-pop extreme on Heaven To A Tortured Mind
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  22. 4.8 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    Heaven to a Tortured Mind eliminates the diversity and nuance of its predecessor in favour of underdeveloped avant-pop
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