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For Those I Love

For Those I Love

For Those I Love

Debut album from the Dublin producer and songwriter David Balfe

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September Recordings
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  1. 10.0 |   NME

    The Dublin artist and producer takes the loss of his best friend, teenage memories and ravey sounds to celebrate love, light and togetherness
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  2. 10.0 |   The Irish Times

    Balfe throws himself into these songs wholeheartedly, teeth gritted as he runs the gamut of anger, pain, nostalgia and sadness. As a result, he has made not only a powerful record but a potentially important one
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  3. 10.0 |   Evening Standard

    David Balfe melds lively, often beautiful dance music and starkly personal spoken word on this powerful record
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  4. 10.0 |   The Independent

    For Those I Love is as much a piece of history as it is a work of art. A staggering album
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  5. 10.0 |   Gigwise

    A cacophonous soundtrack to grief, rage and subsequent acceptance
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  6. 9.0 |   Clash

    A truly exquisite achievement in which the redemptive hope that love and friendship provide is never allowed to sink beneath the waters
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  7. 9.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Each track is unique and there’s not a bad song here
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  8. 8.5 |   The Quietus

    All the way back before Swift, Irish writers have displayed a talent for brutal satire, knackered realism and a darkly funny pessimism. Balfe has this skill in spades, and it’s a savage joy to hear
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  9. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    A eulogy for a dead friend, David Balfe’s stirring debut combines lyrics on class, death and despair with clubland highs and hope
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  10. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    The musical backbone to these stories is provided with imposing electronic brushstrokes, as Balfe establishes impressive credentials as a producer as he evokes sonic comparisons with Nicolas Jaar, Mount Kimbie, and James Blake
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  11. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Haunted and intimate, Balfe's deep brogue ultimately salvages hope from the wreckage. Print edition only

  12. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Grief, memory and friendship billow up throughout the nine tracks. Print edition only

  13. 8.0 |   musicOMH

    Balfe has scripted an exhilarating album that contends with unimaginable loss whilst warmly celebrating persistence
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  14. 8.0 |   Crack

    Grief is a fickle monster, and on For Those I Love, Balfe captures the beast with a visceral clarity
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