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Hercules and Love Affair


Album number four from Andy Bulter's disco/house project includes contributions from Sharon Van Etten and The Horrors’ Faris Badwan

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  1. 8.5 |   The 405

    This is music that can offer everything, but demands nothing. That's no small feat for dance music in the howling maw of 2017
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  2. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Dance musicians who care deeply about dance music
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  3. 8.0 |   Mixmag

    A serious, grown-up dance record for serious times. Let’s dance
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  4. 8.0 |   DIY

    It might not provide the answers to the world’s ills, but it delves into them with an honest readiness
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  5. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    It’s a warm, infectious journey, which like all the best disco albums transforms the club into the church and the dance floor the confessional burst wide open to receive forgiveness and the communion of joy
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  6. 8.0 |   music OMH

    Omnion runs determinedly in Butler’s own unique direction, mixing decadence and daring and making for something rather special
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  7. 8.0 |   Slant Magazine

    Hercules and Love Affair’s Omnion is polished, precise, and familiar-sounding, but it’s also indelibly soulful
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  8. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    Relapse and recovery on the dancefloor
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  9. 8.0 |   Mojo

    As ever, Butler weaves these disparate ups and downs without visible joins. Print edition only

  10. 7.8 |   Resident Advisor

    Compared to the brash and muscular disco we're used to from Butler, the soft strings and electronics he surrounds them with feel wavering and almost uncertain
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  11. 7.7 |   Pitchfork

    Delivers the subtle genre pivot that was so needed to reinvigorate their standing as the elder gatekeepers of club music history
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  12. 7.0 |   Uncut

    A cast of colourful characters liven up Butler's familiar mix of Chicago muscle and diva house. Print edition only

  13. 7.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    A classy, passionate homage to dance music history
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  14. 7.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    Hercules & Love Affair is still “disco,” but Butler has some surprises up his sleeve
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  15. 6.0 |   Q

    Shows a continuing talent for both dynamite house beats and reframing idiosyncratic vocalists. Print edition only

  16. 6.0 |   State

    With a bit more left on the cutting room floor this good record could almost be touching greatness
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  17. 6.0 |   The FT

    Andy Butler’s ear for dance music styles is to the fore while Rouge Mary is a punkish gospel-house shouter
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  18. 6.0 |   The Observer

    Clean-living club bangers
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  19. 5.0 |   Exclaim

    Omnion is Hercules and Love Affair's most mature album, but people have never turned to this group for introspective ballads. Now it's obvious why
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  20. 4.0 |   God Is In The TV

    On the evidence of this, Hercules And Love Affair are a far better idea than musical prospect at the moment. Most every track feels like an opportunity missed
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