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  • Summary: Robin Hannibal and Coco O.'s second release as Quadron features a guest appearance from Kendrick Lamar.
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Hey Love
Hey love, what's going on in here? You're ruthless like a stone Hey love, why you don't seem to care? It's to you I belong Trying my best not to make... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Jun 4, 2013
    90
    While Coco and Hannibal are doing it a little less softly now, they're still killing 'em.
  2. Jun 4, 2013
    90
    If the self-titled debut was the unobtrusive introduction, Avalanche represents the showy breakthrough the duo have been angling for.
  3. 83
    What Avalanche may lack in immediacy, it makes up for with the gloss and professionalism that coats each of its songs like a gossamer gown. The quality of Hannibal’s handiwork and the sheer passion of Coco’s vocals speak for themselves.
  4. Jun 11, 2013
    70
    The electronic soul band toes the fine line between club cuts and after-hours ballads.
  5. Jul 30, 2013
    70
    The sound is full, with fat synths, string instruments, and horns. But the strings don’t sweep and swirl, they sigh and deflate; the horns thicken but do not punch.
  6. Jun 12, 2013
    70
    Avalanche’s obsessive squeaky cleanness keeps its audience at a distance. Coco might insist that she’s still looking for trouble, but there’s none to be found on Avalanche.
  7. Q Magazine
    May 20, 2014
    40
    Weighted by retro production that gets bogged down in neo-soul moves reminiscent of Sade, though, inspiration flickers throughout without ever reaching full illumination. [Jun 2014, p.118]

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Score distribution:
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  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
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  1. Jun 6, 2013
    9
    This has been an arguably lackluster year for R&B and neo-soul. Even then, Quadron's Avalanche stands not only at the forefront of thoseThis has been an arguably lackluster year for R&B and neo-soul. Even then, Quadron's Avalanche stands not only at the forefront of those genres, but ranks as a very good album by any standard. From the Coco O's expertly crafted vocals, the lush arrangements, some particularly ambitious songwriting, incredibly versatile production, and the outright magnetism of these songs, Avalanche is something else. It is a prime example of where quality meets accessibility. This is a cohesive, thoughtful, catchy, and rather endearing listen. Definitely recommended. Collapse
  2. Jun 17, 2013
    9
    this is a fine example of how r&b can change and grow great production the strings are especially vibrant great vocals packed withthis is a fine example of how r&b can change and grow great production the strings are especially vibrant great vocals packed with different tones and delivery. Having also been involved with Rhye, Robin Hannibal is two for two and well on his way to be the producer of the year. Expand
  3. Feb 26, 2014
    8
    Very little to no groups doing R&B the way Quadron did with their self-titled debut. Adding a stronger production only made the sound moreVery little to no groups doing R&B the way Quadron did with their self-titled debut. Adding a stronger production only made the sound more mature and susceptible to positive growth as artists. The only pitfall comes with the lyrical simplicity not matching with Coco O.'s never-ending range. The next step is to continue honing on the writing, and everything else will fall into place. Expand