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Dirty Projectors

Dirty Projectors

Dirty Projectors

Seventh studio album of experimental indie rock written and recorded by David Longstreth

ADM rating[?]

7.4

Label
Domino
UK Release date
24/02/2017
US Release date
24/02/2017
  1. 9.4 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    Dirty Projectors is back with a reshaped identity, serving up experimental/artistic indie-pop while retaining its penchant for eclecticism and unpredictability
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  2. 9.0 |   The 405

    This is a record for when you're wondering just what went wrong, just where you lost one another
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  3. 9.0 |   Gig Soup

    The breakup between Longstreth and Coffman marks “Dirty Projectors” as more than just a breakup album—it is the type of album that will be embalmed in history for representing heartbreak itself
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  4. 9.0 |   music OMH

    Dirty Projectors may be a breakup record, and one with its fair share of petty sniping but, cathartic and redemptive, it’s one worth getting to know

  5. 8.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    There is something laudable in the emotional truth revealed here
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  6. 8.5 |   Beardfood

    Sure we miss Amber’s voice, but David must miss her much more. Heartbreak sucks; good music helps us cope
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  7. 8.3 |   A.V. Club

    Heartbreak can be overwhelming, inspiring, and exhausting, and with Dirty Projectors, Longstreth has birthed an album that strives to not only reflect that, but to mimic it, too
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  8. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    It could have been a lonesome lament, but Longstreth’s creative rebirth has resulted in some audacious tunes and a genre-defying album
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  9. 8.0 |   All Music

    Dirty Projectors demonstrates that musically and lyrically, love and its absence have taught him a thing or two
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  10. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Remarkably, the humor and the heartbreak coexist beautifully
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  11. 8.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    The record works not because it feels cynical, but because beneath the obvious lyrical headlines, you can sense Longstreth’s genuine enthusiasm for the new forms he’s exploring so vigorously
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  12. 8.0 |   The FT

    An ex-lover expresses how he feels on a path through funk, chamber-pop, soul, rock and electronic music
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  13. 8.0 |   Mixmag

    Their most honest and affecting yet.
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  14. 8.0 |   NOW

    An ex-boyfriend’s account of a public separation isn't what the world needs in 2017, but fortunately this is not a typical breakup album
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  15. 8.0 |   The Music

    A breakup album, rooted in personal and artistic rebirth
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  16. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    This is musical therapy at its best: smart, confident, and yes, experimental
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  17. 8.0 |   Clash

    On the surface, the record bears all the trademarks of a Dirty Projectors release: impossible rhythms and constantly shifting meters, clapping percussion and hocketing. Look a little deeper, however, and it’s unlike anything we’ve heard from the band before
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  18. 8.0 |   The Quietus

    Drives a stake into the ground as to what guitar bands could deliver in 2017 if they would only open their ears and minds up a little
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  19. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    This is work of emotional and musical maturity: sad, complex and sometimes profound
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  20. 8.0 |   The Observer

    Dirty Projectors takes the breakup album – as sonically redefined by Beyoncé – and runs with it
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  21. 8.0 |   Uncut

    If art is love, and love is art, then this hyper-stylised, characteristically idiosyncratic break-up album, in the end makes a perfect kind of sense
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  22. 8.0 |   Q

    It is, as always, complicated, but addictively, intriguingly so. Print edition only

  23. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    A moving and interesting new project
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  24. 7.8 |   Pitchfork

    In what is ostensibly a solo record with a few high-profile collaborations, Dave Longstreth masterfully peels away layer after layer of heartbreak across a strange, dizzying pop album
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  25. 7.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    The record isn’t all downbeat wallowing and, as you might expect, takes some surprising turns in the labyrinth of Longstreth’s influences
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  26. 7.5 |   Consequence Of Sound

    As a solo project, Dirty Projectors works well. As significant of a shift as this album is from past Dirty Projectors’ records, the detailed production and arranging work shows Longstreth put all of himself into making it
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  27. 7.4 |   AU Review

    A lot of the aural experience is reliant on dissonant, jumpy tones that sound like (and probably are) created by speeding up, slowing down, and rewinding various tracks and recording the playback
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  28. 7.0 |   Exclaim

    Voyeuristic as it is, Dirty Projectors truly does feel like a record he had to make, not to mention one that's well worth our attention
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  29. 6.1 |   Earbuddy

    The production is miles ahead of Dave Longstreth’s past work
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  30. 6.0 |   Onlike

    Even for a break-up record, it’s overthought to the point, it’s somewhat off-putting
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  31. 6.0 |   PopMatters

    The album deserves credit for its inventive, adventurous spirit, but even these can come across as self-inflating. A fascinating and occasionally compelling work, the album is nonetheless often too insular to be affecting
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  32. 6.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Each track resembles an elegantly complex logic puzzle crisply engineered to be as alluring as it is beguiling
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  33. 5.8 |   Resident Advisor

    Right from the start of the new album, you realize something’s gone horribly wrong
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  34. 5.7 |   Paste Magazine

    Art lasts. Love fades. Not as punchy as “You can go your own way” but it’ll work
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  35. 5.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

    Perhaps now that the messy business of getting back into the game is over with, he can rediscover that sacred, arcane language that made his music seem so alien yet familiar to begin with
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  36. 4.0 |   Mojo

    Art rock meets R&B producing an over-egged new hybrid. Print edition only

  37. 4.0 |   The Independent

    What is it with musicians and their need to air their laundry in public?
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