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I Break Horses


Third album from Swedish shoegaze / synth pop duo Maria Lindén and Fredrik Balck

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  1. 9.0 |   Under The Radar

    A triumphant, timely, and life-affirming return
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  2. 9.0 |   All Music

    A modern synth pop-meets-dream pop classic that is sure to melt the frozen heart of anyone lucky enough to discover it
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  3. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Crowned by the extraordinary, seven-minutes-plus Death Engine, where a gospel feel gives way to a lengthy, rolling, Bach-like coda. On an otherwise tonally unified album, this is where Linden's emotions are at their rawest. Print edition only

  4. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    I Break Horses construct a vivid and spacious cinematic world on Warnings
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  5. 8.0 |   NME

    Chief songwriter Maria Lindén and percussionist Fredrik Balck evoke vivid, noirish narratives that are well-set to their masterful, atmospheric music
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  6. 7.4 |   Beats Per Minute

    Warnings is a real grower; for every moment of instant gratification here, there’s another that requires more work
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  7. 7.0 |   music OMH

    When I Break Horses get it right, as they often do on Warnings, they can be quite staggering
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  8. 7.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Most of the songs on I Break Horses’ new album, Warnings, sound like they should be accompanying soul-searching montages in coming-of-age films
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  9. 7.0 |   Uncut

    The instrumental interludes full of hypnotic loops and Mellotrons are intriguing enough, but the meat lies in the lushly layered art-pop songs. Print edition only

  10. 6.0 |   No Ripcord

    Unsurprisingly, Warnings excels when I Break Horses free themselves from the over-reliance of studio trickery
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  11. 6.0 |   XS Noize

    From the opening moments of Warnings, it’s clear the new direction is influenced by the drama and grandeur of film scores
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