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To Love Is To Live

Jehnny Beth

To Love Is To Live

Debut solo album from the Savages front woman working with producer Flood (U2, PJ Harvey), Nine Inch Nails’ Atticus Ross, the xx’s Romy Madley Croft and her longtime partner Johnny Hostile

ADM rating[?]

7.7

Label
Universal
UK Release date
12/06/2020
US Release date
12/06/2020
  1. 9.0 |   Gigwise

    A warm-blooded manifesto for the agony and awe of being alive
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  2. 9.0 |   Clash

    ‘To Love Is To Live’ is a sonic poltergeist with sentiment to boot
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  3. 9.0 |   PopMatters

    Jehnny Beth's (Savages) solo debut To Love Is to Live feels like a really good book. Each track gives you a deeper dive into a complex and multifaceted, destructive character
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  4. 8.1 |   Northern Transmission

    Though sounding quite unlike the stark, inky chaos of Savages’ guitar-based songbook, To Love is to Live at times abounds with an equally menacing fervour
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  5. 8.0 |   DIY

    The rich sonic palette and Jehnny’s steely delivery ultimately win out
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  6. 8.0 |   The Music

    'To Love Is To Live' is challenging, but compelling
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  7. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    The Savages frontwoman explores electronic sounds and stream-of-consciousness self-analysis for a dark, compelling listen
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  8. 8.0 |   The Independent

    To Love is to Live is a compelling and real cinematic picture of the emotions that life throws at us. It’s a journey you will want to relive
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  9. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    Moving between vulnerability and aggression, Beth’s album contains multitudes, from sex to cinematic washes, ballads to thrash, released with a collection of erotic stories
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  10. 8.0 |   All Music

    To Love Is to Live is an unabashedly, thrillingly wild ride, and as Beth throws everything she has at her audience, she fully reveals the multitudes she contains
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  11. 8.0 |   music OMH

    Beth is perhaps still figuring out her identity, and this comes across not just in the words but also in the music, which veers from sub-bass and punk to gentler, more ambient sounds
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  12. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    It would be churlish to suggest that Savages lacked subtly or employed noise as a blunt instrument, but her solo work reveals Beth to be an artist who can convey a range of emotions in a far more nuanced way
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  13. 8.0 |   NME

    The French punk traverses industrial rock and cinematic sounds to bare her soul like never before, refusing to flinch from the difficult questions
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  14. 8.0 |   God Is In The TV

    Rock music like this is increasingly short supply – ambitious and emotionally unselfconscious, vulnerable and tender while not being afraid to bear its teeth. You’ll struggle to find a more virtuously cathartic record released this year
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  15. 8.0 |   XS Noize

    If your looking for a “good time” summer recording, then keep walking but if you are looking for deeper meaning and understanding To Love is To Live is a record worthy of your consideration
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  16. 7.8 |   Beats Per Minute

    Shows her chameleonic abilities as a vocalist, as she’s working with different styles and productions yet still sounding urgent. Many of these could provide a template for her solo work in the future, but given how unpredictable she has been to this point, you wouldn’t dare second guess her
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  17. 7.7 |   Pitchfork

    With livewire intensity, the Savages singer-songwriter’s ambitious and experimental solo album explodes with life from every corner as an epic display of contrasting themes and emotion
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  18. 7.0 |   Exclaim

    It's a slightly scattered record, but one fuelled by an invigorating conviction and helmed by an artist with the gravitational pull to make it all align
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  19. 7.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    A disorientating record for dark times
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  20. 6.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    Beth strives for that human connection on this album
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  21. 6.0 |   The Observer

    The Savages frontwoman goes solo with an accompanying erotic short story collection
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  22. 6.0 |   The FT

    The Savages singer channels the ferocity of her band in her solo debut with uneven results
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  23. 6.0 |   The Arts Desk

    This solo debut softens the carapace of her English persona to ponder innocence and rustic roots
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