Amore del Tropico


Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. The concept is brilliant and musically the Black Heart Procession have never sounded better.
  2. What it all comes down to is that the album is not only damn fun to listen to, but it has enough aura and vibe that you may want to make it your personal soundtrack for this summer.
  3. Resonance
    Decidedly more up-tempo [and] noticeably more sardonic than previous efforts. [#36, p.58]
  4. The Black Heart Procession is a truly original band, and Amore Del Tropico is a large stride forward for them, a reminder and a promise of their potential.
  5. Uncut
    This is Calexico on downers, Lee Hazlewood on jolly pills. [Dec 2002, p.131]
  6. While Amore del Tropico blazes some new paths for Black Heart Procession, it also hits all the right notes from the group's past.
  7. A number of songs crumple under the weight of the album’s ambition.... Regardless, Amore del Tropico is a fine, fine record: a lively, lovely concept album that bridges the gap between Nick Cave and Calexico.
  8. Taken as a concept, Black Heart's disc is -- ironically enough -- a lot of fun to listen to.
  9. Mojo
    It's a little too long to sustain its fetid boudoir ambience; but that aside, this remains a deep red velvet swoon of an album. [Jan 2003, p.93]
  10. Q Magazine
    Admirably fresh, but perhaps too long. [December 2002, p.97]
  11. Often more conceptually interesting than practically solid.
  12. The album's tone and tunes and imagery and such are all still on the same haunted-house/boat-of-the-dead kinda kick they've kicked out on their three previous, numerically-titled jams.

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