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Beautiful Thing

Alexis Taylor

Beautiful Thing

Fourth solo album from the Hot Chip front man produced by DFA Records co-founder Tim Goldsworthy

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  1. 10.0 |   The Skinny

    Drawing from a number of influences, Beautiful Thing is a wondrous optimistic float through space
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  2. 9.0 |   music OMH

    A collection of songs that muse on music, love and creativity, and which harness the spirit of rave’s collective energy within a more muted, introspective shell
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  3. 8.0 |   Uncut

    A satisfying whole that demonstrates Taylor's mastery of his peculiar strain of zonked late-night soul. Print edition only

  4. 8.0 |   Q

    In a career already dotted with peaks, this is definitely another. Print edition only

  5. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    These are simple songs, but Goldsworthy does enough to keep them from being simplistic
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  6. 8.0 |   Record Collector

    Beautiful Thing’s blend of ambition and emotion shows that Taylor could genuinely make whatever he wants – sometimes that’s the trouble and sometimes that’s the difference. Our loss, our gain
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  7. 7.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    It’s the country-esque ‘Oh Baby’ that’s the real highlight of this album. Opening with skewed electronics and pounding piano chords, it’s jubilant and driving, a slice of Americana spiced up by Taylor’s natural songwriting skill and timeless falsetto
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  8. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    Taylor's most rounded and intriguing solo work to date
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  9. 7.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Shows the other end of Alexis Taylor's talents as both a songwriter and a musician, and it’s time that more discovered them
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  10. 7.0 |   Clash

    An impressive, if uneven addition to his already stellar discography
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  11. 6.8 |   Pitchfork

    The layers of sound Taylor presents are sumptuous, full of tossed-off licks of piano and guitar that gather into motifs more deluxe than his recent solo work but far scruffier than Hot Chip
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  12. 6.0 |   NME

    The Hot Chip singer's fourth solo album shows glimpses of his most pulsating and intriguing work to date
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  13. 6.0 |   The Independent

    In amongst this record’s rasps and clangs, he’s starting to shake off old English embarrassments, and pine for a state of grace
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  14. 6.0 |   DIY

    It doesn’t always quite hit those high notes, but the pair have set out to create a sometimes elusive feeling of connection
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  15. 6.0 |   Under The Radar

    NEW Beautiful Thing isn't the flashiest, and it sags along the way, but it comes with enough soul to carry the quiet moments
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  16. 6.0 |   The Quietus

    Taylor is waving a tiny white flag from the empty, mid-2000s dancefloor of his mind and it brings a curious air of non-commitment from the outset
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  17. 6.0 |   Mojo

    Until Hot Chip's mothership heaves back into view, Taylor's emotive, immersive solo output will tide things over nicely. Print edition only

  18. 5.0 |   Slant Magazine

    Throughout, Alexis Taylor is prone to polar extremes of either mopey self-doubt or contrived affirmation
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  19. 5.0 |   A.V. Club

    Taylor sounds pretty emotional, a sadness underscoring his signature vocals throughout
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