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Night Call

Years & Years

Night Call

Third album from the London-based electropop artist and actor Olly Alexander and first as a solo project

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  1. 10.0 |   The Independent

    Third album is stacked with solid tunes that reimagine the day-glo decade in winking, pulsating high-definition
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  2. 8.0 |   NME

    The musician had shed his bandmates and, as on previous records 'Communion' and 'Palo Santo', smuggles subversion into pounding, playful pop songs
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  3. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    On what is effectively his debut solo album, Olly Alexander revels in the sound of pent-up party energy
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  4. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    Years & Years’ Night Call is a sexy, fun, at-times exhilarating album that looks with affection at the music of the 1980s but adds a smart, fresh update
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  5. 7.0 |   The Music

    'Night Call' should go down as the album of the season
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  6. 7.0 |   Albumism

    Perhaps we expected to see a bigger departure as Alexander’s first go solo behind the wheel, but this is slick, satisfying, and far from dropping the ball
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  7. 7.0 |   Gigwise

    Above all it’s plenty of fun
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  8. 7.0 |   Clash

    Epitomising Olly Alexander’s pop tendencies, the record hones in on his multi-faceted persona, allowing this to illuminate the compact palette
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  9. 6.8 |   Beats Per Minute

    A glowing set of earworms with the odd flicker every now and then that encourages you to embrace all the heartbreak and happiness that life inevitably throws at you
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  10. 6.0 |   musicOMH

    The most original song on the record is Crave, as distorted piano and synth sounds mesh with a swooning topline
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  11. 6.0 |   The Irish Times

    Whether it’s invitations to dance, physical encounters from dark dancefloors to four-poster beds, or simply the near-constant electronic pulse that is the basis of the production, this is a record for stepping out after a long period of calm
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  12. 5.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    Try as he might, Olly Alexander fails to deliver a gay dance-pop album worth remembering
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  13. 4.0 |   The Skinny

    Olly Alexander's first solo release as Years & Years, Night Call too often leans into pop music clichés and feels disappointingly dated
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  14. 4.0 |   The FT

    For all its pleasure-seeking impulses, the chemistry is missing in the star’s third album
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