Coastal Grooves

  • Record Label: Domino
  • Release Date: Aug 30, 2011

Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
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  1. Aug 10, 2011
    Hynes's voice is refined into an emotive croon. Inventive pop from a bright indie talent.
  2. Aug 10, 2011
    With a humble ten songs, Hynes banishes our woes and turns a shoulder to the glut of all too mundane music released this year, reminding us that someone can still make a perfectly influenced yet original collection of songs. This is how a record should be made.
  3. Aug 30, 2011
    An album that is fashionably slick, altogether tragic, and deceptively beautiful.
  4. Aug 25, 2011
    Most impressive is the lightness of touch Hynes brings to his arrangements.
  5. Uncut
    Aug 19, 2011
    A collection of balmy disco that call to mind some tropical union between Arthur Russell and Prince. [Sep 2011, p.81]
  6. Q Magazine
    Aug 16, 2011
    Hynes, it seems, can get away with more than most. [Sept. 2011, p. 103]
  7. Aug 12, 2011
    It's really that entertaining. He's found his voice now and he's coasting. A winner.
  8. Aug 10, 2011
    On paper, its influences--surf punk, Prince, oriental pop, minimalist dance--smack of hipster posturing, but on record, they blend beautifully.
  9. Sep 7, 2011
    As a retro endeavor, this atmosphere may be lauded for its chronicity, but it keeps Coastal Grooves from scaling the memorable heights of synthed-up crooners straddling the art/pop divide (the likes of Bryan Ferry or Donald Fagen).
  10. Aug 31, 2011
    By not exerting himself, Hynes manages to craft an easy-to-listen, easy-to-enjoy album that will be spun as a change of pace.
  11. Aug 18, 2011
    Whether a frolic or a detour, the latest stop on Hynes's winding musical road is worth a listen. But take his own early words as this listener does: out of context, as an invocation of caveat emptor.
  12. 70
    The record leans at times too heavily on its basic formula of pizzicato electric guitar and seedy, somnambulant basslines. Still, as a slice of squalid glamour with a beating heart under its rusted exterior, Coastal Grooves deserves your attention.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 1
  2. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Oct 11, 2011
    That image on the cover might be confusing but this is not an album by Antony and the Johnsons. Blood Orange is Dev Hynes, a Texas-bornThat image on the cover might be confusing but this is not an album by Antony and the Johnsons. Blood Orange is Dev Hynes, a Texas-born British singer-songwriter. Coastal Grooves is mostly funk and while the opening three songs are totally joyous and, well, funky (especially Sutphin Boulevard and Iâ Full Review »