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The Hex

Richard Swift

The Hex

Posthumous release by American singer-songwriter, producer and former member of The Shins and The Arcs recorded over several years before it was completed a month before his death in July

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  1. 9.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    Swift brought a renewed soul to pop music production
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  2. 9.0 |   Uncut

    Finds Swift exploring themes of grief, loss and regret in emotionally candid terms. Print edition only

  3. 8.9 |   Paste Magazine

    He was better known for his studio acumen and production work than his own songs, yes, but his solo albums are revered among those lucky enough to have heard them. The Hex will only bolster his legacy.
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  4. 8.0 |   All Music

    The Hex is a complicated record of a period fraught with loss and psychic struggle for Swift, and its beautiful, twisted lyricism and memorably stylized sound rise to the occasion
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  5. 8.0 |   Pitchfork

    On the final and best album from the acclaimed producer and overlooked singer/songwriter, a new intensity and urgency line even the most upbeat songs
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  6. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    ‘The Hex’ feels like another unique expression from a master craftsman; this is less the psych-soul of his previous albums, and more like psych-dark-night-of-the-soul
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  7. 8.0 |   The FT

    Lyrics are imbued with a heavy sense of time slipping away, but the songs refuse to sound hurried or urgent
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  8. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Last testament of a great singer-songwriter. Print edition only

  9. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    For all of the serious subject matter, the album offers humor and lightness as ways to process the pain
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  10. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    Richard Swift's final album before his untimely passing, The Hex offers a fitting moment of closure for a supremely talented songwriter
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  11. 7.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Richard Swift’s final album is testament to a great talent taken too soon
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  12. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Late studio musician recorded this lovely album just weeks before dying of alcoholism-related illness this summer
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