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Palo Santo

Years & Years

Palo Santo

Second album from the London-based electronica trio Olly Alexander, Mikey Goldsworthy and Emre Türkmen

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  1. 10.0 |   DIY

    An overwhelmingly intimate record that makes you wonder just what Years & Years could be capable of next
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  2. 10.0 |   NME

    Filthy, sexy, thoroughly debauched pop at its finest, ‘Palo Santo’ feels like a magical album
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  3. 9.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Olly Alexander takes charge on Years & Years’ gorgeous, commanding Palo Santo
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  4. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Sure-footed, supercharged second album for electronic pop trio. Print edition only

  5. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    Expands their ambitions in adrenaline-filled songs of heartbreak smothered with self-destruction
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  6. 8.0 |   The Independent

    Band transcend their earlier incarnation for something bolder... and gloriously unapologetic
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  7. 8.0 |   The FT

    Imagery linking religion and carnality runs through the song lyrics, with well-worked shifts in pace and mood
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  8. 8.0 |   The Observer

    The electro-pop trio’s second album is in love with the 90s sound of Britney, but it’s singer Olly Alexander’s private life that’s front and centre
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  9. 8.0 |   music OMH

    In a year when artists like Janelle Monáe are shaping the sound of queer music stateside, Years & Years offer a blueprint for UK pop that carries on the lineage of Pet Shop Boys and George Michael but is also forward-thinking and connected to the broader scene
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  10. 8.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Shows them as a band with greater vision and ambition than they first seemed and one who want to lead conversations rather than follow them
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  11. 8.0 |   God Is In The TV

    Palo Santo has Years & Years neatly avoiding the pitfalls other artists have gone down on their second albums. They’ve neither lost their identity by reinventing their sound, nor repeated the formula with inferior results
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  12. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    A timely album and a leap forward stylistically and lyrically for the band; it’s the ultimate party in the face of prejudice
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  13. 8.0 |   Clash

    When Years & Years get it right, there’s no-one to touch them in the current UK pop landscape
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  14. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    One of the year's most surprisingly excellent releases
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  15. 6.5 |   Pitchfork

    The British trio moves beyond the tropical-house Top 40 of their debut on a theatrical, diverse sophomore album that finds frontman Olly Alexander blurring the boundaries between sacred and profane
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  16. 6.0 |   The Arts Desk

    Palo Santo is more than a match for its predecessor and sees Years & Years develop their sound, but never too much to put off teen fans of their fluffiest, frothiest moments
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  17. 6.0 |   The Irish Times

    There’s a thin line between fun and corny
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