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Love & Hate

Michael Kiwanuka

Love & Hate

Second album of modern soul from the London-based singer-songwriter, follow up to 2012's Home Again

ADM rating[?]

8.1

Label
Polydor
UK Release date
15/07/2016
US Release date
15/07/2016
  1. 10.0 |   Mojo

    As confident a second statement as you could wish for. Print edition only

  2. 10.0 |   A.V. Club

    A massive leap in accomplishment for Kiwanuka
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  3. 10.0 |   Evening Standard

    His ear for melody is always in evidence, his guitar playing delightful throughout (the afro-strum of Black Man no less than the buzzsaw solos on Final Frame) and there’s no voice I want to hear more this summer
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  4. 9.0 |   Clash

    There are nods to the early ‘70s work of Curtis Mayfield and Isaac Hayes in these arrangements, comparisons that these songs are bold enough to withstand
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  5. 9.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Beautifully captures the artistic power of vulnerability
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  6. 9.0 |   The Digital Fix

    Where his debut was partially hidden in the shadows of the past, Love & Hate embraces that soul legacy while stretching for something new and brave; something just within reach
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  7. 9.0 |   American Songwriter

    It’s intimate and sprawling, personal and universal, affectionate and daring
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  8. 8.0 |   DIY

    This is a landmark album for a previously forgotten musician, an incredibly neat and satisfying collection of songs
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  9. 8.0 |   God Is In The TV

    Sure, he’s influenced largely by classic soul from the sixties and seventies and this isn’t a groundbreaking album, yet this is no exercise in retro soul
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  10. 8.0 |   Uncut

    A darkly beautiful tour de force
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  11. 8.0 |   Q

    The work of a man looking for a new adventure. Print edition only

  12. 8.0 |   music OMH

    Kiwanuka has made a fine record that will likely be enjoyed by those who currently find satisfaction in artists like Kendrick Lamar and Kamasi Washington
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  13. 8.0 |   The Music

    Faith never alienates the casual listener or those simply with an enjoyment of fine music
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  14. 8.0 |   NME

    This is an album that’s not d**king around
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  15. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    What we get throughout Love & Hate is a narrative distillation of unease and atmosphere
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  16. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    The work of an artist coming into his own
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  17. 8.0 |   All Music

    A dark, graceful, and affecting artistic statement that is worth the patience it takes to experience it
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  18. 8.0 |   The FT

    Love & Hate is a bolder and more ambitious work than its safety-first predecessor
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  19. 8.0 |   State

    The album was produced by Dangermouse who leaves so much space on the record, the drums sound like they’ve been recorded alone in a black hole
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  20. 8.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    Impressive and enigmatic
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  21. 7.9 |   Earbuddy

    This is a confident album from a confident artist, one that fans of both folk and soul will find something to cherish here
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  22. 7.0 |   Slant Magazine

    Proof that Kiwanuka can wield power over a number of arrangements, even dense ones
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  23. 6.9 |   Pitchfork

    A sprawling soul opus full of longing and self-assessment. It's a bittersweet offering, growing more melancholy as it plays
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  24. 6.0 |   The Independent

    Kiwanuka has drafted in producer Brian “Dangermouse” Burton, who brings to Kiwanuka’s soul sketches the textural depth and expansive pop sensibility that proved so successful for Gnarls Barkley and The Black Keys
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  25. 6.0 |   The Observer

    Love & Hate isn’t just another slice of vintage soul, but something a little more intriguing than that
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