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European Heartbreak

Amber Arcades

European Heartbreak

Second album from Dutch-born musician Annelotte de Graaf co-produced with Deerhoof's Chris Cohen and Trey Pollard

ADM rating[?]

7.1

Label
Heavenly Recordings
UK Release date
28/09/2018
US Release date
28/09/2018
  1. 10.0 |   The Skinny

    There’s not a single track on European Heartbreak that isn’t a beautifully composed, shining picture postcard of emotion
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  2. 8.0 |   Mojo

    European Heartbreak feels wonderfully whole, bound together by De Graaf's sweetly inscrutable voice and the unshowy, languid complexity of her songs. Print edition only

  3. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Her faintly punch-drunk voice sometimes sounds just a kilojoule of energy (or lack thereof) from uninterested, but just as often she's as winsomely weary as she is vulnerable, and the impeccably stylish decoration seals our seduction. Print edition only

  4. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    Wistful, glowing dream pop
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  5. 8.0 |   The Music

    The cosiest sounding protest album ever
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  6. 8.0 |   Clash

    A triumphant wodge of sparkling pop
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  7. 8.0 |   music OMH

    For anyone from other states of the European Union dreading the uncertainties of life post-March 2019, this album could at least be a security blanket
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  8. 7.0 |   No Ripcord

    European Heartbreak is charming, clever and quietly confident. If the world really is about to fall apart, then Amber Arcades has produced something that is more than a worthwhile distraction
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  9. 7.0 |   God Is In The TV

    The sophisticated and breeziness of the blues-piano-brass-folk sound reminiscent of Natalie Prass, Weyes Blood and the honky-tonk moments of Foxyen, the wanderlust music videos, the touristy album cover and the adventure-seeking lyrics make the record sound like a nice long road journey
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  10. 6.0 |   Q

    Pleasing, interesting, but not especially gripping. Print edition only

  11. 6.0 |   DIY

    Sounds nostalgic for a dream, the realisation of which has long since passed
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  12. 6.0 |   All Music

    It mainly goes to show that she makes for a better melancholy dream pop artist than a singer/songwriter with her toes dipped in Americana and soft soul
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  13. 4.0 |   Under The Radar

    Ultimately the uninspired songwriting renders European Heartbreak incapable of being a worthwhile investment of your listening time
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